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 2015 Board of the Verein

George Boehm


Mike Hartel

1st Vice President

Harry Vizethum

2nd Vice President

Joseph Arnold

Recording Secretary

Helga Zettl

Corresponding Secretary / Treasurer

Erika Amling

Finance Secretary

Helga Zettl






Ray Quitschau


George Boehm Jr


Carina Homann - Santa Maria


Bryan Opitz



The 2015 Members of the Finance Committee

Otto Weber
Anton Iberle
Karl Ritz


The 2015 Delegates to the Schwaben Center Board

George Boehm
Joseph Arnold
Gary Weiler
Frank Wimmer
Helga Zettl
Karl Ritz
Tom Engels
Jack Schleiss
Ray Quitschau


The 2015 Delegates to the German Day Association

Helga Zettl
Anna Reiter
Uli Senz
Marianne Wehrle
Joseph Arnold


The 2015 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 1st
February 5th
March 5th
April 2nd
May 7th
June 4th
July ...no meeting
August 6th
September ...no meeting
October 1st
November 5th
December 3th


The 2015 Membership Meeting Schedule

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

March 1st, 2:00 PM
June 14th, 2:00 PM
August 9th, 2:00 PM
November 1st, 1:00 PM (with elections and Schiller Feier)


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

2005-2015 The Schwaben Verein of Chicago