Schwaben Verein of Chicago
Your hosts for Oktoberfest in August …
“Der Schwaben Verein ist ein Wohltätigkeits- und Geselligkeitsverein und wurde von Württembergem im Jahre 1878 gegründet”. – Chicago, Dezember 1915
English translation: “The Schwaben Verein is a charitable and social club and was founded by people from Württemberg in 1878″. – Chicago, December 1915
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 2012 Board of the Verein
|Michael Hartel||1st Vice President|
|Harry Vizethum||2nd Vice President|
|Joseph Arnold||Recording Secretary|
|Helga Zettl||Corresponding Secretary / Treasurer|
|Erika Amling||Finance Secretary|
|George Boehm Jr||Director|
More Schwaben Verein board information located at: www.schwabenverein.org/about.htm
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:
- birthday parties
Banquets Catering and meeting rooms
Hanna & Adam Hryniewicki
301 N. Weiland Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
German Day Association (Deutsche Tag Vereinigung)
The Schwaben Verein is an active member of this umbrella organization