The organizers of the events listed on this calendar have expressed willingness for members elsewhere in the world to join in. Please don’t give them a bigger crowd than they can handle, and do be careful about time zones. The displayed time zone is GMT! If you add them to your own calendar, the time zone should convert to your specified time zone.

To have your virtual event added to this calendar, contact Matt C., the CAM International Calendar contact.

There may be other virtual events, as well as in-person events, which may be of interest to CAM members, hosted by various local groups listed on the American Mensa Calendar of Events.

1/ Mon­day

  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Ad­ver­tising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the June ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? Find out how by checking out our guide to hosting events.

  • ChiMe Editorial Deadline. Last day for editorial submissions to the June ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensa members would love to hear from you.

2/ Tues­day

4/ Thurs­day

  • HotTopics 7:30 PM. Certainly there are many cases where experts prove themselves to be invaluable. On the other hand, we tend to assume that experts thoroughly “understand” a specific subject, but are they actually just endorsing one point of view out of many? Do their opinions change as monetary incentives change? Do they have sufficient integrity to acknowledge their miscalculations? Do they consider how their decisions might harm others? Join the fun as we share views in a friendly discussion. Visit Meetup for links to videos and articles on this topic. The Zoom access info can be found on Meetup (preferred for RSVPs) and as part of host Mike B.’s contact info.
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

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5/ Fri­day

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    Cinco de Mayo

9/ Tues­day

  • Breakfast/Lunch in Buffalo Grove 11 AM. Breakfast and lunch are both available at Original Bagel & Bialy, a Jewish deli located at 105 McHenry Rd. in Buffalo Grove (in a strip mall at the NE corner of Lake Cook Rd. & Route 83). This is a self-service restaurant. Order and pay at the counter. Your food will be brought to your table. There is a $10 minimum charge for using credit cards. RSVPs e‑mail Ken L.. Look for Ken in the back room.

10/ Wednes­day

  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner 6:45 PM. Polar bears paddling around your pool? Then you should have dinner with us. Join us at Jameson’s Charhouse, in Vernon Hills for burgers, steaks, chops, fish, ribs, salads, and more. Lo­cated at 151 E. Townline Rd. in Vernon Hills. Please RSVP (Meetup preferred) to Janice E., so she can reserve a big enough table.

11/ Thurs­day

  • Downtown Lunch: Virtual 1 PM. Perhaps the longest running Mensa event anywhere, Chicago’s Downtown Lunch is held every week, alternating between Tuesday and Thursday. Join us for conversation, laughs, and attempts to define words you’ll never use again. The Zoom id is 836 1178 6315 and the passcode is 190710; it is also included as part of your host Jon G.’s contact information if you prefer a link. Questions? Contact Jon via e-mail or call/text him. We’d love to have you join us!
    Virtual Event!!

12/ Fri­day

  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at the India House, lo­cated at 6430 E. Riverside Blvd. in Rockford (on the SW corner of the Cherryvale Mall grounds). To RSVP , for more information, or to get on our e‑mail list, contact Dave L., our Rockford-Area Coördinator. RSVP required in case of cancellation, time, or venue change. This event is usually recurs on the second Friday of the month.

  • Poetry Dis­cus­sion 7:30 PM. Our poetry group is now using Zoom for meetings. Interested persons who are not currently members of the poetry group can contact Joe D. , and he will e-mail the poems to be discussed or you can view them by tapping/clicking here. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Virtual Event!!

13/ Satur­day

  • Saturday Movie & Dinner 3:30 PM. We’ll see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, a movie about a tree and a raccoon that save the universe (I think), at the AMC Randhurst 12 Theaters ), located at 200 Randhurst Village Dr. in Mount Prospect. Lisa and I usually opt for seats on the aisle, closest to the theater entrance, and the first row up. You, of course, can sit anywhere you like. After the movie we’ll hike across the street to the Blackfinn Randhurst Grill located at 157 Randhurst Village Dr., for dinner and debriefing. To RSVP (welcome, but optional), send an e-mail Bill S.. If you show up and can’t find us, text Lisa S.. We hope to see you there!

14/ Sun­day

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    Mother’s Day

  • Futures & Fantasies 2 PM. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchet will be discussed. Discworld rides on the backs of 4 giant elephants who are standing on the shell of Great A'Tuin, an enormous turtle traveling slowly through space. The raiders from Fairyland steal Tiffany’s brother, and she sets out to find him, armed only with good sense, an iron frying pan, and a handbook of sheep diseases. She encounters a toad who was once a lawyer and makes allies of the title characters: 6 inch tall, kilted, with a Scottish brogue all their own and a kleptomaniacal fondness for fightin’, drinkin’, and stealin’ sheep. Discovering that the conquest of Discworld is intended, the WFM allow Tiffany to lead them into Fairyland—where headless horsemen, grimhounds, and nightmares that imprison for life abound—and an ultimate facedown with its Queen. See the ar­ticle in the April ChiMe for Steve’s full write-up. The discussion will take place in Conference Room G on the 3rd floor of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. in Oak Park. Water, soda and light snacks are acceptable. Parking is available under the building. To RSVP , or for more information about this event and/or SIG, contact Steve M., the SIG coördinator. The number of in-person attendees is limited, so you must RSVP. This will be a hybrid meeting, so if you need the Google Meet link, please let us know when you RSVP. F&F usually meets on the second Sunday of most odd-numbered months.

15/ Mon­day

  • New Members Zoom Gathering 7 PM. Are you new to Chicago Area Mensa? Or perhaps not so new, but haven’t gotten involved yet? Or even not new at all, but haven’t been around for a while? Come join us at the CAM New Member Zoom Gathering. We’ll share some background on Mensa and what CAM has to offer you. Meeting online may make it more comfortable to come to an in person event—and we’d all like to meet you! LocSec Beth W. and other CAM members will be there and are looking forward to meeting you! The Zoom link is included as part of the host’s contact info. The Zoom info is also accessible in the May ChiMe.
    Virtual Zoom Event!!

16/ Tues­day

  • GOBS NSEW Dinner in Palatine 6 PM. Our subsidized dinner will be at Bendita Cocina, an Argentine restaurant with European and Latin influences, lo­cated at 16 S. Bothwell St. in Palatine (SW corner of Bothwell St. and Palatine Rd.). This is a a GOBS-subsidized event where ½ the total cost (including tax plus a 20% tip, rounded up to the nearest dollar) of a CAM member’s, and up to one guest’s, dinner will be covered for a maximum of fifteen people — for a maximum of $25/person for a dinner totaling $50 or more; cash (no coins) only for your portion. RSVP (and get more details) on Meetup, but if not on Meetup, e‑mail Ken L. at least 2 days in advance.

17/ Wednes­day

  • GOBS Request Deadline Noon. Today is the last day to submit a request for GOBS funds to be approved at this Saturday’s Business Meeting for any planned, eligible event, activity, or class taking place after Saturday, May 20th and through Tuesday, June 13th or later; to be eligible, events involving CAM members must be published in the issue of ChiMe corresponding to the month in which they occur.

  • City Dinner at Barrio 7 PM. Barrio, 65 W. Kinzie St. in Chicago (River North). To RSVP contact Hilarie Thursday, May 11th.
    Event Not in ChiMe!!

18/ Thurs­day

19/ Fri­day

  • Central Indiana Mensa OMG! held today through Sunday, May 21st, at the Versailles State Park at 1387 U.S. 50 East in Versailles, Indiana. An outdoor excursion to a group of cabins in the woods. Reasonably described as “camping-lite,” the Outdoor Mensa Gathering (or OMG!) is a trip to the great outdoors of Indiana, with a campfire, hiking, board games, card games, guided discussions, and other activities. You get food, lodging, scenery, and more. See their flyer for additional details. Visit the Mensa of Indiana website, for more details about regisration.

  • Animae Central (ACen) held today through Sunday, May 21st at the Donald E. Stephens (DES) Convention Center at 5555 N. River Rd. in Rosemont and at the Hyatt O’Hare. See the special guests and performers. For more information, visit their website.

20/ Satur­day

  • Conserv­atives Lunch 11:30 AM. Join other members of the Mensan cell of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy for lunch and civilized un-PC conversation. No forbidden questions, no unchallengeable answers. This lunch happens on the third Saturday every month, but the location changes and can’t always be determined in time to make the ChiMe schedule. If you’re curious about the location at this month’s meeting place, e-mail Jim Z. the event coör­di­na­tor. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative friend.

  • Beverly Area Saturday Salon (B.A.S.S.) ~Noon. Spontaneous conversation in far SSW Chicago, approx­i­mate vicinity of 107th St. & Western Ave. Please contact Rick E. the Beverly Area Coördinator, for this month’s lo­ca­tion and the exact time as well as more information; if e‑mailing, put “BASS” in the subject line. This event usually recurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month, about midday.

Our next Monthly Gathering is on June 24th.
The June gathering will be held at
Bene­dictine Univer­sity
in the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business
near 5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 60532

The locations of the MGs vary.

  • Monthly Gath­ering
    The location of our May Month­ly Gath­ering was in the Johnson Center on North Park University’s campus, where the building is east of 5141 N. Christiana Ave. in Chicago (no address on building).

    The Johnson Center (building 17 on the printable map) is northwest of the river, south of Foster, east of Kimball, north of Carmen, and west of Spaulding). Our main room is Bistro (1st floor) and both the test and presentation will be held on the 2nd floor (above Bistro) in Rooms 209 and 211, respectively. Campus security will not ticket or tow any of us who are parked in student or faculty parking. The Monthly Gathering venue section has more detailed information about parking and transit. Please note that we have this venue only until midnight, so plan accordingly. This gathering is open to the general public. So if you’re interested in learning more about Chicago Mensa, come join us. There is an admissions fee to help cover costs (major credit cards accepted).

    Cancelled this month.
    Business Meeting:
    5 PM.
    Game room opens:
    6 PM.
    7:30 PM.
    8:30 PM - Midnight.
    Game of the Month - League of the Lexicon:
    9 PM - Midnight.

    Review and vote for the new proposed Bylaws. If not voting electronically or by mail, you may give the envelope containing your ballot (in-person or via a trusted messenger) to a member of the Election Procedures Committee at the MG.
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    Get involved! Hone your leadership, organizational, or web skills. We’re looking for vol­un­teers to fill some of the open po­sitions listed both in the back of ChiMe or on the List of Officers. Try your hand as the Gifted Youth Coördinator, Communications Officer, website programmer, or as a MG Hospitality Volunteer. You can view the job descriptions and the required qualifications for all the open positions and ones you may be interested in. Or consider supervising the children at the MG for some extra cash.
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    Express Yourself
    Try your hand at writing an ar­ticle for ChiMe, submitting a photo, or creating a puzzle; see our Submission Guidelines for contact information and deadlines. Host your own event or your own virtual event using Discord!

    Program Topic: Timely Advice for Protecting Your Personal Safety

    Homicides and shootings in Chicago fell in 2022. However, Chicago crime spiked in 2022 with motor vehicle thefts and carjackings continuing to be front page news.

    To address some of the ways citizens can help reduce these numbers, veteran police officer John Good offers advice to help people protect themselves and their property at home, in public places, and on the road. Now retired, John’s goal is to make a difference in people’s lives by teaching them how to be aware of their surroundings and make them more confident when they lead their busy lives.

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    John will share his expertise in law enforcement and suggest strategies for enhancing our personal security and safety. Topics such as staying safe when shopping, identifying security threats at crowded venues, maintaining safety while traveling, taking walks in strange neighborhoods, going to the airport, and cruising on a ship are examples of the situations that John will be covering. Also, he will be giving us tips on keeping our homes safe when leaving town for a day or a month.

    With 41 years of experience on the Glenview Police Force, John Good served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Juvenile Officer, Honor Guard member, Defensive Driving Instructor, Bicycle Officer, Crime Scene Technician, and School Resource Officer. He is credited with creating the position of Officer Friendly / Crime Prevention Officer, which won him the prestigious Glenview Public Safety Award in 1986. John also shares his perspective with students as an Adjunct Faculty member at a Community College in the Chicago area. In addition, he works as a law enforcement consultant for a major cable channel.

    He lived the police life, and then he turned around and wrote a novel about it. Blood on the Badge is a new fictional account of a murder mystery set in the suburbs of Chicago — a fascinating read.

    Show less
    MG Earlier to Avoid Memorial Day Weekend!! If there is a spike in Covid cases, the in-person MG may become virtual & testing would be cancelled!!

23/ Tues­day

  • Break­fast in Mount Pros­pect 10 AM. Breakfast or lunch and conversation at Jelly Café lo­cated at 1784 W. Golf Rd. in Mount Pros­pect (northwest corner of Golf Rd. and Busse Hwy.), featuring a large and diverse menu. Dining might be indoors or outdoors, depending on conditions. Sepa­rate checks are available. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail. If you RSVP by e-mail, your reservation is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation e-mail.

24/ Wednes­day

  • Dinner Out West 6:30 PM. Schnitzel Platz at 729 North Ave. in Glendale Heights. This is a GOBS-subsidized event. GOBS will cover ½ of your meal cost, including tax and tip, up to a maximum of $10, for each CAM member and their guest. Limit 20 people. Reservations are required so Beth knows how big of a table to reserve. RSVP directly to Beth W. no later than Sunday, May 21st.

25/ Thurs­day

28/ Sun­day

  • First Crossing: The 1919 Trans-Atlantic Flight of Alcock and Brown 2:30 PM. The first to fly across the Atlantic non-stop wasn’t Charles Lindbergh, but two long-forgotten British airmen. Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown flew their flimsy wood and fabric modified Vickers Vimy bomber from St. Johns, Newfoundland to Cliveden, Ireland on June 14/15, 1919—eight years before Lindbergh’s epic 1927 New York to Paris flight. See the full write-up and find contact info on the American Mensa Events website.
    Virtual Event!!

29/ Mon­day

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    Memo­rial Day

30/ Tues­day

31/ Wednes­day

  • Romantic Musical Comedy in Chicago 1 PM. I have no idea of how Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition could have inspired a musical comedy, but I have to find out. The musical is entitled Ernest Shackleton Loves Me. The performance is at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts at the Porchlight Music Theatre, 1016 N. Dearborn St. in Chicago.

    The following was copied from the Porchlight’s internet site:
    Ernest Shackleton Loves Me is the critically acclaimed new musical comedy with a tongue-in-cheek script by Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro+ (Diana, Memphis, All Shook Up). In this wildly inventive and romantic adventure, a sleep-deprived single mom who makes her living as a video game music composer is contacted across space and time, via a crossed connection on her cell phone, by the famous early 20th century polar explorer Ernest Shackleton+ while he is stranded on an iceberg in the Antarctic in the early 1900s. Inspired by her music, he shares his epic journey with her and, together, they overcome the odds in a timeless, and very funny, musical romance for the ages. In 2017, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me was named the Best New Musical by the Off Broadway Alliance.”

    Advance tickets purchased online range from $25 to $57 plus a $5 service fee. Some tickets may be available for $25 by calling the box office at noon on the day of the performance. I [Ken L.] do have an extra $57 ticket in the center of the first row in the balcony, seat AA9.

    Merely RSVPing on Meetup (preferred) will not get you a ticket. If you RSVP and if people are interested, I can arrange a meal before or after the performance. If not on Meetup, email Ken L.. Let him know if you’d be interested in a meal together or not.
    Meetup Event Not in ChiMe!!

  • 52nd Chicago Annual Pride Parade held Sunday, June 25th, the last Sunday of the month. The CAM contingent is sponsored by the Rainbow SIG. The Rainbow SIG will be marching and riding on their float again this year in the Chicago Annual Pride parade. There will also be a GOBS-subsidized meal nearby after the parade. For all details, visit the Parade Info webpage or see the ar­ticles in the April ChiMe, May ChiMe, or June ChiMe. Register by Thursday, June 15th.

  • Chicago Area Mensa Summer Picnic. The picnic will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, July 22nd in Elmhurst. Find out the details and/or register in advance so there’s an accurate count ensuring there’ll be enough food for everyone. There’s a discount if you pay in advance. Register by Wednesday, July 19th. Join us for a fun time outdoors.

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1 June/ Thurs­day

  • ChiMe Activ­ity Bulletin and Ad­vertising Dead­lines. Last day for these submissions to the July ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? There’s bound to be an activity or a restaurant you want to try, but you just want some other people to experience it with you. So invite your fellow Mensans. Find out how by visiting our guide to hosting events.

  • ChiMe Editorial Dead­line. Last day for editorial submissions to the July ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, photographs, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensa members would love to hear from you.

  • Conversation with London Mensans 8 AM. Join a video chat with our kin from across the big pond in London at 2 PM BDT. I [Carey] participated previously, along with a few other CAM members, and had a very nice chat with some of our “siblings” in the London area. RSVP (via Meetup preferred) to local host Carey S. to receive the Zoom sign-in information. The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Virtual Event!!

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RSVPs - Always contact the CAM event host as specified in the event details — e-mail , phone , text , or Meetup .


Chicago Mensa Meetup - All our events are listed; see who signed up, get notifications, and add the event(s) to your personal calendar. Check out the May calendar.

Facebook - The following CAM group has its own closed Facebook group which may have events not listed here nor on Meetup (contact them to join):


Chicago Mensa Meetup - All our events are listed; see who signed up, get notifications, and add the event(s) to your personal calendar. Check out the May calendar.

Facebook - The following CAM group has its own closed Facebook group which may have events not listed here nor on Meetup (contact them to join):

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