About Schwaben Verein

Schwaben Verein of Chicago
Your hosts for Oktoberfest in August

Schwaben Verein Chicago.“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 2020 Board of the Verein

George Boehm President
Harry Vizethum 1st Vice President
Joseph Arnold Recording Secretary
Bob Iberle Corresponding Secretary/Newsletter
Bryan Opitz Treasurer
Edie Opitz Director/ Collector
Dale Hoppenrath Director
Frank Winter Director
Ray Quitschau Director
George Rieg Director

More Schwaben Verein board information located at: www.schwabenverein.org/about.htm

Under the tent at Oktoberfest in August.

Our Connections

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
  • showers
  • brunches
  • family reunions
  • business receptions
  • and more

The Grove

Banquets Catering and meeting rooms
Hanna & Adam Hryniewicki
301 N. Weiland Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
PH: 847-229-1000
CELL: 224-200-1519                    
FAX: 847-229-1240
WEB: http://grovebanquets.com/


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


Casino Nights – Texas Hold ’em

The Schwaben Verein is proud to announce that we will be hosting 4 Casino Nights Texas Hold ’em.

301 N. Weiland Rd Buffalo Grove IL, Banquet Hall


  • September 1
  • October 20
  • November 3
  • December 1

1:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Open to the Public! Come out and have some FUN and win some money too!
A portion of the proceeds will go to support our charities.