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

Our next meeting is February 8, 2020
Volunteers needed to start preparing for the Silent Auction

We need help in preparing auction items for our March Silent Auction. We will prepare items for auction and the transport flats, starting at 4:00pm on Sat., February 8th, in our usual meeting room at St. Peter's. A pizza dinner will be provided for those of you who are able to help. So if you can volunteer, please email info@chicagorocks.org to let us know you're coming and what you prefer (and/or don't want) on your pizza!

At our regular meeting, our speaker for the evening is our very own Floyd Bednarz. Floyd's presentation is "Out of This World Geology!"


We Are Getting Ready For Our
71st Annual Silent Auction

Join us on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 6PM to 9 PM
for an evening of fun, food and great deals.
Click here for the latest information on our 71st annual auction.

Club members are to start filling out their forms
for the auction and bring them to our next meeting.


Photos by: Rod Piechowski


Featured Specimen
— Purple Fluorite —
with Purple Zoning

Purple Fluorite with Purple Zoning

— from Hardin County, IL —


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.


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!


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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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