Chicago Area Mensa 2023 Summer Picnic

Saturday, July 22nd @ 11 AM to 4 PM
Salt Creek Park
574 W. 2nd St., Elmhurst, IL 60126

Join us at the fifth annual Chicago Area Mensa summer picnic. We are very conscious to keep this event as inexpensive as possible. This centrally located venue has a proven track record. The cost is low and will be discounted if you pay in advance.

The site has a pavilion that will accommodate up to 150 people, so the picnic will be held rain or shine (unless the weather is truly awful). There are washrooms just past the baseball diamond (SE of pavilion) and a play area for younger children just north of the pavilion. Park on the west end of the park nearest to Rt. 83 (enter from W. Second St.). See the park’s map or the detailed map below to orient yourself.

Elmhurst’s Salt Creek Park Facilities

There will be horseshoes, frisbees, bocce, water balloons, checkers, chess, and balls. Feel free to bring any any additional games and equipment for outdoor activities.

Chicago Area Mensa will provide burgers, hot dogs, bratwursts, veggie burgers, many sides, condiments, snacks, drinks, fruit, and desserts, as well as plates, napkins, and utensils. If you’d like to bring a dish to share, you are welcome to do so. The park district does not allow the use of alcohol, tobacco, or controlled substances on its premises.

Note: The grills will be shut down at 2 PM so arrive before then to get your hot food; there may still be grilled food available after 2 PM but it will not be hot. Although we only have the pavilion reserved until 4 PM, the park is open until dusk.

The onsite cost is $10 per adult and $3 per child with the same pricing for members and non-members alike. We would like as many people as possible to register online in order to have enough food on hand. We are also discounting the price for adults to $8/adult and $3/child when registering online and prepaying via PayPal no later than Wednesday, July 19th.

If you have questions or wish to help, contact Bradley Slavik and Stacey Kirsch via e-mail .


CAM Summer Picnic @ Salt Creek Park


If coming from the south on northbound IL-83, turn right (E) onto W. Second St. and turn right (S) again into the parking lot.

If on east- or westbound W. North Ave. (IL-64), turn south onto West Ave. at the stop light (Bethel Assembly of God Church is on the SW corner) (located east of of Kingery Hwy. (IL-83)). Continue south to W. Second St. on your right. Turn right (W) onto Second St. Drive past most of the park until you see the gravel entrance to the parking lot to your left (S), just before Kingery Hwy. (IL-83).

If on east- or westbound St. Charles Rd., turn north onto S. West Ave. at the stoplight by the Kohl’s on the NW corner. Continue north on West Ave. to W. Second St. on your left (W). Turn left onto Second St. Drive past most of the park until you see the gravel entrance to the parking lot to your left (S), just before Kingery Hwy. (IL-83).


To ensure there’ll be enough food, register no later than Wednesday, July 19th using the form below or this link. Save money by paying in advance. If possible, please pay from your bank account rather than using your credit card.

Fill out the online form.
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