Welcome to the Schwaben Verein of Chicago!

Founded in 1878, the Schwaben Verein of Chicago is one of the oldest German ethnic organizations in Chicagoland. While founded as a mutual aid society for the many emigrants from "Schwaben", an area in Germany's Southwest that is part of the contemporary German states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Bavaria, it continues to exist as a social and charitable club (Verein) for people with all kinds of middle European origins and connections.

Naturally, we emphasize our Swabian heritage, and corner stones of our annual calendar are the celebration of the Cannstatter Volksfest, now also know as the Schwaben or German-American Summerfest, in recognition of Germany's second largest harvest festival in the Swabian capitol of Stuttgart, and a Schillerfeier, honoring the Swabian poet prince Friedrich von Schiller.

Our Vereinsheim (club house), shared with the Schwaben AC (Athletic Club) and with the Grove Banquets, the Schwaben Center, is located at 301 N. Weiland Road in Buffalo Grove, Illinois (one quarter mile north of Lake Cook Road). It is there where our events typically take place. There is free parking.


The 2018 Board of the Verein

George Boehm


Harry Vizethum

1st Vice President


2nd Vice President

Joseph Arnold

Recording Secretary

Robert Iberle

Corresponding Secretary

Bryan Opitz


Edie Opitz




Dale Hoppenrath


Ray Quitschau




Frank Winter





The 2018 Members of the Finance Committee

Otto Weber
Anton Iberle
Karl Ritz


The 2018 Delegates to the Schwaben Center Board

George Boehm
Joseph Arnold
Ray Quitschau
Geirge Rieg
Bryan Opitz
Karl Ritz
Tom Engels

Dale Hoppenrath


The 2018 Delegates to the German Day Association

Helga Zettl
Anna Reiter
Uli Senz
Marianne Wehrle
Joseph Arnold


The 2018 Board Meeting Schedule

(All board meetings take place on the 1st Thursday of each month and start at 7:30 PM at the Schwaben Center, 301 Weiland Road, Buffalo Grove)

January 4th
February 1st
March C
April 5th
May 3th
June 7st
July ...no meeting
August 2nd
September ..6th
October 4th
November 1st
December 6th


The 2018 Membership Meeting Schedule

(All membership meetings take place on a Sunday at the Schwaben Center, 301 Weiland Road, Buffalo Grove)

March 18th, 2:00 PM
June 3rd, 2:00 PM
August 12th, 1:00 PM
November 4th, 1:00 PM (with elections and Schiller Feier)

December 9th, Christmas Party


Our Connections and Affiliations

Schwaben AC
We share the Schwaben Center and many activities with our soccer crazy brothers and sisters of the Schwaben Athletic Club.

Schwaben Charity Fund
To honor deceased relatives and friends with a memorial or to make an endowment to the fund please contact the treasurer Anton R. Iberle (9534 S. Sawyer Avenue, Evergreen Park, IL 60805, 708.499.2817)

The Schwaben Center for Your Parties
Always consider first the Schwaben Center for your social affairs such as:

  • weddings
  • birthday parties
  • anniversaries
  • etc.

The Grove
Banquets Catering and meeting rooms
Hanna & Adam Hryniewicki
301 N. Weiland Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
PH: 847-229-1000
FAX: 847-229-1240

German Day Association (Deutsche Tag Vereinigung)
The Schwaben Verein is an active member of this umbrella organization

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