The IMA is comprised of mycologists and laypeople from all walks of life who share a common interest in the study of mushrooms. Individual members often have specific areas of interest and expertise, including mushroom foraging, taxonomy, cultivation, mycoremediation, mycorrhizas, medical mycology, yeasts, lichens, food spoilage, fermented foods, plant diseases, symbioses with animals, and edible, poisonous, and entheogenic fungi.

If you are new to mushrooming, joining a mushroom club will give you the opportunity to learn about the fungal diversity found during the annual cycle in Chicagoland and how to identify species properly and safely. Whether you’re an experienced mycophile or are new to the Kingdom of Fungi, we welcome your knowledge and companionship.

For non-IMA-members, there is a $5 suggested donation to attend our lecture series events. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please join us! Membership in the IMA is only $20 per year and includes participation in our monthly members-only forays. While our lecture series is open to the public, forays into the woods are limited to members only. This is because the IMA is a scientific and educational nonprofit that holds a scientific collector's permit to pick wild mushrooms for research and education. That's why only club members can come on forays. Club members also receive a great digital monthly newsletter with articles, recipes, research, art and information on additional events. You can become an IMA member at any IMA lecture series event, or by clicking here

Are you interested in learning about mushrooms? Our group offers a great way to share time outdoors with friends and family, while learning about our local environment and mushroom species. Our forays are led by mycologists from organizations like the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Field Museum. Imagine how wonderful it is to have a passionate expert with you in the woods who can identify all of the mushrooms found and provide an integrated environmental context for each.

Join us for an event to learn more! Informational meetings and lectures generally take place on Chicago's NW side. Further information is found below and at our website.

The Illinois Mycological Association is dedicated to promoting mycology among members and the public. The IMA is a mushroom club that gets together several times a month to go on forays to look for mushrooms. Also, once a month, we have a sit-down evening meeting for a lecture, some socializing, and discussion of fungi. There are also special events from time to time, such as our annual dinner, special guest speakers, and so on.

Monthly Meetings and Lecture Series: The IMA meets at 7:30 PM at the North Park Village Nature Center on the first Monday of each month and the first Tuesday in September. The IMA will not hold  monthly meetings in January and February 2014. The first meeting in 2014 will be held on March 3. A few meetings are held at Lake Katherine Nature Center.

North Park Village Nature Center is located at 5801 North Pulaski in Chicago, which is east of Interstate 94 (Eden's Expressway) between Foster and Peterson. There is a stoplight at the entrance where you will turn east and follow the signs going left all the way back to the meeting site. Parking is free across the driveway from the Nature Center, which has a demonstration prairie growing in front. At our meetings, we typically have an expert talking about some aspect of mycology. The highlight of the December meeting is where our members show slides of mushrooms they have found during the year.

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