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

What's going on with the club?

  • With the Illinois stay-at-home order extended through the end of May, our May 18th Meeting is CANCELLED Due to Prevention of Possible COVID-19 Exposure.
  • Our Next Meeting is Tentatively Scheduled for June 13th.
  • Chicagoland Gems & Minerals Association (CGMA) show has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus. The next show will be held May 29th & 30th, 2021.
  • Our Silent Auction has been Rescheduled for June 13th, 2pm - 5pm

Mineral Miner - Mineral Bingo

Geo Juniors — Virtual Bingo & Field Trips

Diamond Dan Publications has given us the permission to use their Mineral Bingo game online so we can play Virtual Bingo. For more information, rules...Visit the Virtual Bingo page on the Geo Juniors' website:

Our Field Trip badge is still on! We are going on a Virtual Field trip. Not sure where yet but there are a bizillion of them online. I can also open this up for the Seniors. For more information: Visit the Virtual Field Trip page on the Geo Juniors' website:

Our 71st Annual Silent Auction
Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 2PM to 5PM

Join us on Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 2PM to 5PM
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 We welcome all kinds of contributions!

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

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
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.