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/ Fri­day

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

4/ Mon­day

  • labor

    Happy Holiday

5/ Tues­day

7/ Thurs­day

  • 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 to local host Carey S. to receive the Zoom sign-in information. The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Virtual Event!!

8/ Fri­day

  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at Chavez Mexican Restaurante lo­cated at 5494 E. State St. in Rockford (on the north side of State Street just west of St. Anthony Hospital). 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. Please send a poem or two to Joe D. by Monday, September 4th. 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. This event is usually held on the evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Virtual Event!!

9/ Satur­day

  • Saturday Movie & Dinner 2:10 PM. We’ll see Golda, a movie not about an Italian precious metal, 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!

10/ Sun­day

  • Futures & Fantasies 2 PM. F&F will discuss the novel Hydrogen Sonata, by Iain Banks. Some authors can be very interesting, but Iain M. Banks is incredible. Theater, radio, and television have taken up his works; The Times (of London) included him in its “The 50 Greatest British Writers” since 1945. Hydrogen Sonata is a lively, fast moving novel containing all the elements that have made Banks’ Culture novels an SF reader’s delight. …[R]ichly peopled with sentient beings, from energy people to ship Minds to all kinds of humanoids, insectoids, and what have you. No matter how exotic a detail, as Banks describes it, its “credib[ility] is reinforced by first rate prose and a well drawn plot.” The gzilt are a people associated with The Culture, and young gzilt musician Vyr Cossont, with 2 arms added to her body to achieve mastery of the famously demanding elevenstring, lives in Girdlecity, sculpted to encompass an entire planet. The gzilt holy book has never been wrong (count on atheist Banks to devise an infallible divine text) and promises that in just 3 days all the gzilt will achieve the Sublime — a transformation during which they will depart the universe en masse and enter a body-free plane of existence. But some of the Culture’s self-aware AI spacecraft have discovered indications that the Sublimation may be a hoax, inflicted on the gzilt by alien trickery. As the ships and their avatars probe the matter, Vir finds herself tasked with finding the 9800-year-old man who could know the truth. See Steve’s complete ar­ticle in our August ChiMe. 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.

11/ Mon­day

  • 911

12/ Tues­day

  • Mensa Testing 6 PM. The location is in the River North neighborhood of downtown Chicago. You must prereg­ister and prepay — very limited seating. Parking is very expensive; public transit is strongly recommended! Latecomers and anyone without a reserved spot will not be admitted. If you are or someone you know is interested in joining Mensa, see our Testing Information for contact details and additional dates/lo­ca­tions.
    Event Not in ChiMe!!

13/ Wednes­day

  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner 6:45 PM. Snowblower already in use? 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.

14/ 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!!

  • Dinner Out West 6:30 PM. Are you in the mood for Italian? Dinner Out West will be at Angeli's at 1478 E. Chicago Ave. in Naperville. This is a GOBS-subsidized event. GOBS will cover ½ of your meal cost, including tax and tip (rounded up to the nearest dollar), up to a maximum subsidy of $25, for each CAM member and their guest. Cash, Venmo, or PayPal for your portion. Limit 20 people. Reservations are required so Beth knows how big of a table to reserve. RSVP via Meetup (preferred) or directly to Beth W. no later than Tuesday, September 12th. BTW, Angeli’s is within walking distance of DQ for those who want an after-dinner treat.

15/ Fri­day

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    Rosh Hashanah starts at sundown.

16/ 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.

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    Octoberfest begins

17/ Sun­day

  • SFRM: Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex and Gender 4:30 PM. Sex and gender are in the news, in the family, and on the ballot. There is so much new information, what does it all mean?

    • Cis gender?
    • Transgender?
    • What is gender-affirming care?
    • Is my co-worker a transman or a transwoman?
    • My niece says they are using a surrogate, how does that work?
    • Ultrasound for ED?
    • Why should I call my granddaughter “they”?

    Sex and reproduction expert and long time Mensa member Melody Lowman, M.A., AASECT Certified Sex Educator and Therapist for over 40 years, will present and answer questions. To preregister (this presentation is for adult Mensa members only; Mensa number required), visit the San Francisco Regional Mensa (SFRM) Zoom link for this event.
    Virtual Event!!

19/ Tues­day

  • City Dinner at La Scarola 7 PM. Join us at La Scarola for dinner! Located at 721 W. Grand Ave. in Chicago (River North). This is a GOBS-subsidized event for which any CAM member and up to one guest qualifies; ½ of your tab will be compensated, including tax and tip, up to a maximum subsidy of $25/person. Subsidy limited to 15 people. RSVP by emailing (preferred) Hilarie C. by Monday, September 11th.

  • CAM Youth and Parents 7 PM. CAM Youth Members, Youth family members of CAM Members, and all of the parents, please come join us in this Zoom gathering to give everyone a chance to get together, chat, and set up some activities for our CAM youth—and find out about the ones already planned like those listed on our Youth Info webpage! For questions, contact Beth W.. The Zoom info is available as part of her contact info.
    Virtual Event!!

  • pirate

    Talk Like a Pirate Day

21/ Thurs­day

RSVP for Ultimate Ninjas Chicago held on Friday, October 6th no later than 10 PM on Thursday, September 21st.

  • HotTopics 7:15 PM. American Dream? Yes, The American Dream still exists, and many of us will attain some version of it. How has it changed, and why is it that some think of it as a false promise? Does hard work, merit, and common sense still matter? Listen to others and share your thoughts in a friendly & fun group discussion. Join us! Visit Chicago Mensa Meetup for the full write-up and for more information including links to articles and videos. The Zoom access info was provided to those who RSVP on Meetup (preferred) or e-mail Mike B.
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

23/ Satur­day

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    Northward — Vernal in our hemisphere — Equinox

24/ Sun­day

  • Theodore Talk: Citizen Science with SciStarter: People-Powered Science 2:30 PM. Can everyone be involved in scientific research? Should everyone be involved in real research? Citizen science, community science, neighborhood science, participatory science; these terms all mean the same thing: a collaboration between scientists and those of us who are curious, concerned, and motivated to make a difference. It is a method of community engagement that furthers our understanding of our world and the power of diverse and crowdsourced data. is a digital gateway to a database of citizen science projects. This database connects and disseminates otherwise siloed citizen science activities and makes engagement trajectories explicitly visible in service to the public, organizers, and researchers. See the full write-up and find contact info on the American Mensa Events website. Even if you can’t attend the live Talk, as long as you register you will receive a link to a recording of the event. Closed captioning enabled.
    Virtual Event!!

26/ 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. 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.

27/ 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, September 30th and through Sunday, October 29th 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.

28/ Thurs­day

30/ Satur­day

  • Weekend Weekend of Learning: Leadership Development Workshops Via Zoom .
    11 AM - Running Virtual Events
    Noon - Gifted Youth Programs
    1 PM - Running an RG
    2 PM - Diversity Matters
    3 PM - How to Help Your Local Group Succeed - Orientation for New and Existing Officers
    4 PM - Effective Marketing
    5 PM - Dealing with People
    The Zoom link can be found under LDW Zoom. Details available on the American Mensa website.
    Virtual Event!!


CAM September Monthly Gathering @Rolling Meadows Community Center

  • Monthly Gath­ering
    The location of our September Month­ly Gath­ering is the Rolling Mead­ows Com­mu­ni­ty Center
    3705 Pheasant Dr. in Rolling Meadows.

    Games and hos­pi­tal­ity are in the spacious auditorium, with overflow space in the lobby. The speaker event is in the Card Room. A Parents-Kids Play Room is available after the Mensa Test. 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). Members, RSVP via Meetup to let your friends know you’re going to be there.

    5 PM.
    Business Meeting:
    5 PM.
    Game room opens:
    6 PM.
    7:30 PM.
    8:30 PM - Midnight.
    Game of the Month - Architects of the West Kingdom:
    9 PM - Midnight.

    The CAM Executive Committee has allocated GOBS funds to be used for the reimbursement of either or Uber ridesharing services from/to the Arlington Park METRA station. Details are on our Monthly Gathering page.
    * * * * *
    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, ChiMe Editor, Recording Secretary, website designer, 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.
    * * * * *
    Express Yourself
    Write an ar­ticle, submit a photo, or create a puzzle for ChiMe; see our Submission Guidelines for contact information and deadlines. Host your own event or your own virtual event using Discord!


    Program Topic: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Genetic Genealogy

    In Michelle’s presentation she will address many of the questions we may have about genetic genealogy.

    • Have you ever wondered how it is possible that we humans share more than 98% of our DNA with the chimps, but only 12.5% with our first cousins?
    • Why do genetic genealogists routinely solve cases that have stumped law enforcement for years?
    • How was that “King in the Car Park” actually identified?
    • Is a court-ordered paternity test different than the test performed by direct-to-consumer companies like Ancestry?
    • What DNA questions are you curious about?

    Michelle will answer these questions and many more at this delightful and informative session, designed for civic groups and general audiences, not just genealogists.

    Show all…

    At the end of the session, you will have a good working understanding of how DNA is used in genetic genealogy and what tools the genetic genealogy community is currently employing.

    Michelle Bray Wilson has been active in the genealogy community for more than a dozen years. She speaks throughout the Midwest, most frequently on genetic genealogy, French Canada, ancient ancestry, and creating family history books. Michelle has lectured to the Illinois State Genealogy Society, Franco Fete in Minneapolis, UW’s Early Music Festival in Madison, the Midwest Security and Police Conference, and for numerous area conferences, genealogy groups, and libraries.

    She was a featured speaker for the Chicago Public Library and for the DuPage County and Lake County societies. Michelle is a former president of CAGGNI, the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois. She also served for many years as Registrar for a local DAR chapter.

    Recently retired after a long career in engineering, Michelle has written three family history books. Using genetic genealogy, she has found over 25 bio-parents for adoptees.

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

HalloweeM 47: On the Silver Screen

October 26 – 29, 2023

Only 26 more days! Join us for a fun long weekend with hundreds of Mensans, their families, and friends at the Westin in Wheeling including lots of programs and games as well as most meals. Register for a discount by October 13th. Book your room by October 5th. Time and space are running out — sign up for one of the Excursions, which is open to all WeeM attendees, now!

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1 October/ Sun­day

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

  • Weekend Weekend of Learning: Leadership Development Workshops Via Zoom .
    11 AM - Communications Smorgasbord
    Noon - What to Know About Mensa
    1 PM - Thinking Hats
    2 PM - Want To Be on the AMC?
    3 PM - History of Mensa
    4 PM - Staff Ask Me Anything
    5 PM - Mensa Foundation!
    The Zoom link can be found under LDW Zoom. Details available on the American Mensa website.
    Virtual Event!!

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