Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society, Chicago, IL
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society

Need Tickets to the International Gem & Jewelry Show?
August 24-26, 2018

The show has a new location!!
Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel,
1551 North Thoreau Dr Schaumburg, IL 60173.

For more information on the show visit: www.intergem.com/events/upcoming-shows/chicago-il-august-24-26-2018 . For complimentary tickets, click here. Each pass gets 2 people into the show. First 25 guests in line get a free gift.


Summer is here once again!!
Our next meeting is September 8, 2018

Looking for Tully Monsters

Summer is here and our members are off in every direction to find what interests them. Whether it be rocks, minerals or fossils, I'm sure they are digging up something good. Our next meeting is September 8, 2018. Hope to see you all there! Don't forget to bring any unusual or exciting finds for Show & Tell.

Looking for something to do this summer? Don't forget to visit our Events page to see what shows or other events are going on this summer.

Looking for some place to go summer? Visit our Places to Visit page to find a rockhound destination.


Featured Specimen
— Purple Fluorite —
with Purple Zoning

Purple Fluorite with Purple Zoning

— from Hardin County, IL —


Newsletter Contributions

Our newsletter, The Pick And Dop Stick, is always looking for new submissions. If you have an article you would like to submit to the newsletter, a news item, pictures of one of your rockhound adventures, or another contribution, please send it to Rachele.Best@yahoo.com. We welcome all kinds of contributions!


ALAA-American Lands Access Association

The Latest from the ALAA

The ALAA (American Lands Access Association) is the lobbying arm of the American Federation, working on behalf of rockhounds to keep public lands open and accessible to all, including the elderly and handicapped. Click here to read a few of the hot topics they are working on right now for rockhounds like us. For more information about who they are, a full list of what they are working on on, to become a member, or get involved, visit their website at: http://www.amlands.org/.


Talk About Digging Things Up!

The club has recently come across old newsletters. We are in the process of digitizing them for posterity's sake. I thought it would be great to post the very first newsletter of our club here for all to see. This newsletter was originally mimeographed (remember the smell of mimeographed pages!) and later zeroxed. With some time and effort, it was scanned in and cleaned up. Click here to see what was going on in the club in October of 1946.


Check out our Calendar of Events for more great rockhound events!

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I would like to give a special
"thanks" to Rod Piechowski
for his help photographing
many of the images in this site.

Our Purpose

The objectives of the Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society are to study, disseminate, and promote interest in the earth sciences - emphasizing the various aspects of geology, paleontology, paleobotany, mineralogy and the lapidary arts, as well as to collect minerals, fossil specimens, and cutting material. Plus, we tend to socialize a lot, entertain ourselves with fabulous speakers and eat great snacks!

Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. on the second Saturday
of the month (except July and August) at:

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from
the Skokie Public Library)

If you would like more information about our club,
please contact us at info@chicagorocks.org
or call Jeanine at 312-623-1554.

For more information about our Meetings
and their Location, please click here.

Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society is a not-for-profit organization.

Other News

This Month in The Pick and Dop Stick

  • Read "Fluorescence in Minerals" Get some background into this phenomenon before Chris Clemens speaks at our next meeting.
  • Learn more about "Fluorescent Uranium Glass".
  • See the notes on "Atomic Faceting" from the U. S. Geological Survey.
  • In Bench Tips, learn how to turn your pliers into no-mar pliers. Also find links to different sites for patina recipes and supplies.
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