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/ Wednes­day

  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Ad­ver­tising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the December 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 December ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensa members would love to hear from you.

  • Dinner Out West: Indian Vegetarian 6:30 PM. A2B Indian Vegetarian Restaurant at 28244 Diehl Rd. in Warrenville. Diverse menu that is primarily South Indian, but also Indo-Chinese and North Indian. “We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts.” This is a GOBS-subsidized event, so every CAM member and one guest will be refunded up to $25 or ½ of your meal cost (including tax and tip), whichever is less. Cash or Zelle for your portion. Limit 20 people. Reservations are required so guest host JoAnn knows how big of a table to reserve. RSVP directly to JoAnn Cirra no later than Monday, October 30th.

2/ Thurs­day

  • Conversation with London Mensans 9 AM. Join a video chat with our kin from across the big pond in London at 2 PM BST. 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 to local host Carey S. to receive the Zoom sign-in information. The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Virtual Event!!
    Time Change Due to Daylight Saving Time Differences!!

5/ Sun­day

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    Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 AM. Remember to reset your clocks back and sleep a bit longer.

8/ Wednes­day

  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner 6:45 PM. Ice road truckers cruising past your door? 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 on Meetup or via Janice’s email,  , so she can reserve a big enough table.

9/ Thurs­day

  • Zoom Lunch 1 PM. Perhaps the longest running Mensa event anywhere, Chicago’s Zoom Lunch (formerly known as the 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 email or call/text him. We’d love to have you join us!
    Virtual Event!!

  • 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 email the poems to be discussed or you can view them by tapping/clicking here. This event is usually held on the evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Schedule Change!!
    Virtual Event!!

10/ Fri­day

  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at Gerry’s Pizza lo­cated at 7403 Argus Dr. in Rockford (on the NW corner of E. State St. and Bell School Rd.). To RSVP , for more information, or to get on our email 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 Rescheduled. This event is usually held on the evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Event Rescheduled for Thursday, the 9th!!

11/ Satur­day

  • Saturday Movie & Dinner 4 PM. We’ll see The Marvels, a movie not about presidential candidates, 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 dine at the Blackfinn Randhurst Grill located at 157 Randhurst Village Dr., a short walk across from the theater. To RSVP (welcome, but optional), email Bill S.. If you show up and can’t find us, text Lisa S.. We hope to see you there!

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    Veteran’s Day
    (Federal Holiday is Friday, November 10th)

12/ Sun­day

  • SFRM: Quantum Physics 101 - Space, Biology, and Beyond 4:30 PM. Melanie Swan presents a vision for our quantum future. No background required. Using the Quantum Mindset — that anything we can imagine is considered possible. Quantum science is able to gain understanding at the scale of atoms, ions and photons, and subatomic particles This talk provides a theoretical overview of contemporary developments in quantum science and it’s practical application in space and biology.

    Quantum science is being applied in high-complexity fields such as space and biology.

    • In biology the understanding of knot theory, enables examine of the ability of enzymes to add or remove tangles from DNA.
    • Quantum genomics, Chern-Simons biology, molecular knotting, AdS/neuroscience, and neuronal gauge theory.

    Quantum physics in space is facilitating the reach to beyond-Earth geographie. Over 600 humans have been to space.

    • Thirteen FAA-permitted U.S. spaceports exist.
    • The sixth Blue Origin space tourist mission launched in May 2022.
    • SpaceX reports 155 successful rocket launches.

    Melanie Swan is a Research Associate in Quantum Technologies at University College London. She has a PhD in Philosophy (German Idealism) from Purdue University, an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from Georgetown University. Her research focuses on conceptual advance in physics, biology, literature, and smart network technologies. To register, visit San Francisco Regional Mensa (SFRM)’s Zoom link registration for this event.
    Virtual Event!!

14/ Tues­day

15/ Wednes­day

  • GOBS NSEW Dinner: Mexican 6 PM. Dinner will be at Hacienda El Sombrero lo­cated at 1100 S. Elmhurst Rd. in Mount Prospect (in a strip mall on the west side of Elmhurst Rd. (IL RT 83), just south of Golf Rd.). This is 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 subsidy of $25/person; cash (no coins) only for your portion. RSVP (and get more details) on Meetup, but if not on Meetup, email Ken L. at least 24 hours in advance.

16/ Thurs­day

18/ 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, email 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 emailing, put “BASS” in the subject line. This event usually recurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month, about midday.

  • Jiu-Jitsu/Self-Defense and Nerf Guns!!! 3 PM.
    Who: Youth (ages 4-17); CAM members and their siblings or children of CAM members
    Where: Real MMA Academy, at 891 Illinois Rte. 59 in Bartlett (inside the Yoga Fitness Gym).
    Come join us for an afternoon of self-defense, nerf guns, and pizza. RMMA’s self-defense class helps promote self-confidence. They combine grappling and jiu-jitsu techniques with physical education and movement intelligence in order to improve coordination, mobility, agility, and mindfulness. Members may bring one guest (in addition to family). This event is GOBS subsidized. Members can bring a guest, they are even encouraged to! This event is GOBS subsidized. The cost for members and guests is $15.75/youth (limited to 30). No fee for parents. Please RSVP to Vinh T. no later than Sunday, October 15th. Payment will be required in advance and can be made via Zelle or check. All participants will need to wear comfortable athletic clothing. Please make sure feet are clean; shoes and socks must be removed to get on the gym mat.

19/ Sun­day

  • Futures & Fantasies 2 PM. We will discuss The Invincible, by Stanislaw Lem. The heavily armed interstellar spaceship Condor lands on Regis III, transmits one comprehensible and one incomprehensible message, and then goes silent. Its sister ship Invincible investigates, discovers a long lost alien city, fish that are terrified of high tech, autonomous, self-replicating machines…insect—like micromachines,” and Condor&rsquot;s crew mindwiped and dead.

    A routine SF plotline (sigh) — but author Stanislaw Lem’s ingenuity creates something deeper: “an imaginary experiment to demonstrate that evolution may not necessarily lead to dominance by intellectually superior life forms… The plot also involves a philosophical dilemma, juxtaposing the values of humanity and the efficiency of mechanical insects.”

    See Steve’s ar­ticles about the author and plot in our September ChiMe and October ChiMe respectively. 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. F&F usually meets on the second Sunday of most odd-numbered months.
    Schedule Change!!

23/ Thurs­day

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    Thanksgiving Day

  • Zoom Lunch Cancelled. Happy Thanksgiving Day!
    Holiday Hiatus!!

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    Fibonacci Day honors Leonardo Bonacci.
    Today’s date represents first 4 numbers in the sequence (1 1 2 3 5 8…).

27/ Mon­day

28/ 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. Sepa­rate checks are available. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via email. If you RSVP by email, your reservation is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email.

30/ Thurs­day

  • HotTopics: Remaining Sane in a CrAzY World! 7:15 PM. It may be quite possible to live a sane & decent life even if “The Inmates are Running the Asylum.” One need not “follow the herd,” although it is important to avoid being trampled by the madness. Visit Meetup for the full write-up and for links to some articles and videos on this topic. The Zoom access info was provided to those who RSVP on Meetup (preferred for RSVPs) or e-mail Mike B..
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

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1 December/ Fri­day

  • ChiMe Activ­ity Bulletin and Ad­vertising Dead­lines. Last day for these submissions to the January 2024 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 January 2024 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.

  • The Cincinnati Mensa RG held today through Sunday, December 3rd at the Doubletree Suites Cincinnati - Blue Ash lo­cated at 6300 E. Kemper Rd. in Cincinnati, OH. Join the Cincinnati Mensans for their 2½ day RG. For more information, see their Flyer or visit their website, which will have their most up-to-date information.

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