Illinois Mycological Association

Illinois Mycological Association

Chicago (IL), 60646, United States

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About The Illinois Mycological Association is a mushroom-hunting club dedicated to promoting mycology among members and the public.

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The Illinois Mycological Association is dedicated to promoting mycology among members and the public. The IMA is a mushroom-hunting 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 program, some socializing, and discussion of fungi. There are also special events from time to time, such as our annual mushroom show, special guest speakers, and so on.

Monthly Meetings

The IMA meets at 7:30 PM at on the first Monday of each month and the first Tuesday in September. No meeting in January. At our meetings, we typically have an expert talking about some aspect of mycology. The December meeting is a slide show and social. The specimen table is a part of every meeting. Members bring fresh found fungi for identification and show and tell. Like forays, this is a good time to learn about different species and where and when they are found.


During the mushroom season from April to October, IMA conducts frequent mushroom hunting forays, most often in the Chicagoland area, but sometimes we venture farther afield for choice locations.

We gather at a predetermined site and venture into the woods to collect samples of mushrooms and gather edibles (where permitted). We return to our meeting point to lay out our mushrooms for identification and discussion.

If you are new to mushrooming, IMA members will show you how and where to look, how to identify your finds and how to use reference books to classify them. We will point out the best edible mushrooms and how to distinguish them from similar, unpalatable or poisonous fungi.

Even if you are an experienced mushroomer, you will meet people who share your interests and expand your knowledge of mycology. As a result, you may add new edibles to the ones you normally hunt, add to your circle of fungi friends, or even make contributions to the science of fungi.

Founded 1973
Products Illinois Mycological Association Membership
Annual dues are $20 for individuals and $25 for families for the calendar year, payable to IMA. and entitles you to receive the IMA Newsletter published nine times a year and to participate in all IMA activities. (If you join after 1 September, dues for the remainder of the year are $10.) IMA meets at 7:30 PM on the first Monday of each month and the first Tuesday in September. No meeting in January.

Please mail your check payable to the Illinois Mycological Association to:

Susan Kayser, 1020 Willow Creek Road, West Chicago IL, 60185

To join the North American Mycological Association as well, include a separate check for $25 payable to NAMA.

IMA members also receive a $10 discount on Chicago Botanic Garden memberships. On your membership application simply mention that you are a member of the Illinois Mycological Association.
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