CALENDAR for 2023

Important Dates for 2023 at a glance. This page will be continuously updated through out the year, check back often for the latest updates.

January 25:  King and Queen shoot.  Come out and see who will be this year’s King and Queen, even if you don’t wish to serve, it is a very fun evening.   

February 18*: Maskenball at the DANK, hosted by our friends, Rheinisher Verein-Chicago. Doors open at 6:30 and tickets are only 25.00 in advance, 35.00 at the door. Cash bar with food available for purchase, music provided by Phenix band. For tickets, visit OR email Kim Duncan at

March 4*: The St Hubertus Club of Chicago, Jaeger Ball Dinner and Dance. What a fantastic time, highly recommended and members had a wonderful time together last year, anyone interested in going, we will get a table. 625 Seegers Road, Des Plaines, donation of 50.00 For more see,

March 24: King’s Shoot & Ball Weekend. Our annual event kicks off with Friday nights Meet and Greet for our visiting friends, and club members on the second floor. Come out and meet everyone, snacks provided.

March 25: (SOLD OUT) Saturday morning begins with our annual invitational shoot to take home the Wanderpokal. Even if you are not shooting, come out and enjoy breakfast and root on the BSV. Then, that evening is our King & Queen Ball, held in the Marunde Saal, on the 5th Floor. Catering is from Himmel’s, Musik is by Paloma and the revelers from across the Midwest. Representatives from Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and of course Illinois will all come together to install King Larry and Queen Dahra into their new positions.

April 25*: Bockfest in Roselle. See our news and notes page for more details.

May 6*: DANK Haus Gala, DANK’s premier fundraising event of the year. In support of our friends, we will once again be offering a private evening with the BSV, as one of the items for up for the silent auction. For specifics check,

May 19-20: Columbus Shooting Club competition. Save the date, further information to follow but in the meantime check out, for information about their club.

June 1-4: Maifest. One of Chicago’s most popular street fairs returns to Lincoln Square and kicks off Thursday, June 1st at 5:00 pm. The BSV will be participating in the Fest this year and details will be announced as they emerge, for Festival Information, see…

June 24: Peoria Sportverein Schutzenball. Our favorite trip of the year by far, 14 BSV members made the short ride to visit our friends in Peoria last year. If you have never gone on a road trip with the club before, this is the one to make, group rates for lodging are available, let us know if you have any questions.

June 23-24*: German Fest in Forest Park, at the Altenheim. Members unavailable to make the trip to Peoria can check out this nearby Festival held on Madison at the historic Altenheim. For a fascinating look on the history of the Altenheim see,

July 28-30*: German Fest in Milwaukee. We sent a contingent to march in the big Saturday parade last year, if you wish to join us again this year please mention it to Matt Hoppe.

September 9: German Day-Von Steuben Parade through Lincoln Square. Put on your uniform and get on the float as we once again march up Lincoln. Enjoy good food and libations as you do so. See You There!

October 14: Tentative for now, St Hubertus Ball in St Louis.

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Important Dates, at a glance

We will be updating 2022 dates of interest here on a regular basis, so check back often for the latest news on select activities. Members should still check their club calendars.

May 20-21: Cincinnati, Ohio Schuetzen Competition. This will be our first chance in a long time to visit with our Schuetzen Geschwister in Cincinnati. Lets send a nice group out there this year. All interested should see both Suzanne, and the Schiesswart asap.

June 5: UPDATE (4/22)-As this date conflicts with Maifest we will be rescheduling, TBA, details to follow. The Pig Roast is back by popular acclaim! This years Pig Roast and Fruhschoppen will be hosted at the Niedersachsen Club, see Jason for details

June 24-26: Peoria Schutzenball at the Lindenhof. We will be taking a team down to Peoria again this year, so if your interested in competing with us and having a really great time please let the Schiesswart know so we can make plans to accommodate you.

June 24-25: German Fest- in Forest Park at the Altenheim. A great option for members not planning on taking the ride to Peoria

July 13: Chicago Fire FC Game. Our trip to see the Fire along with our friends at the Niedersachsen Club of Chicago. See John Fuller for ticket availability *Note: This date was originally recorded as being the 15th, which was incorrect. Hopefully this hasn’t caused any inconvenience to too many members-apologies to Andreas & Sabine, we will see you next year

July 29-31: Milwaukee German Fest-German Fest has returned from a 2 year COVID absence. If you would be interested in going as a group and/or representing the BSV in their parade, please contact Matt at your earliest opportunity.

August 13: United German American Societies of Greater Chicago’s, Deutsche Tag Vereinigung, 100 Anniversary Gala. This event will be held at the White Eagle in Niles, if there are enough interested members in going, we will purchase a BSV Table.

Update 14 Jul 2022: Cost is 85.00 per person, and drinks will be served starting at 5:30. There are only six remaining seats at our table, so please contact Matt Hoppe if you are interested and don’t wait until the last second!

August 14: 1st Annual Karl Frentz Memorial Picnic. Thanks to Bruce & Krista Frentz for making this event again possible at our usual stomping grounds in Glenview. UPDATE: Additional details on the Blog Page

September 10: German Day & von Steuben Parade, always an outstanding time! Come out and march with the BSV and enjoy all the other activities of the ‘Day’.

October 3: Deutsche Vereine Mass at St. Benedicts

October 15-16: Annual St. Louis Marksmanship and Ball. Join the club on the trek down to St. Louis and compete for shooting honors. If your interested in attending, please contact the Schiesswart about travel and room arrangements.

October 15-16: Open Haus Chicago. Presented by the Chicago Architectural Center, allowing visitors to see hidden corners of Chicago, including this weekend, the Dank Haus. For BSV members unable to take the ride to St Louis, come set up the range and make new friends as we show off the club, Saturday 10-2 pm and Sunday 11-3. Additional details can be found at

October 19: Semi-Annual, Formal Meeting, dust off your uniforms and wear them if you have them, this meeting is a must for all club members. Reconnect with friends, if you have been away for awhile and enjoy the gemuetlichkeit of the night. Pending shooting awards will also be awarded to those that have earned them. See everyone there!

November 9: Annual Turkey Shoot. Come and shoot for prizes and bragging rights! We have invited our new friends from the Open Haus event to come and meet the members and see the club. It will be good to see everyone there. Note-no real turkeys will be harmed!

Nov 18-Dec 24: Christkindlmarkt returns to Chicago for an entire month. In years past, we have even gone down as a group for a little drink, a little food, anybody interested in doing so again let us know at the meeting. For additional information, see

December 3: This Saturday is a rare chance to join other club members for an event at the, and in support of our friends at the DANK. The BSV is holding a closed shooting for DANK Haus supporters who bid for the privilege of spending time with our club. It is a great opportunity to show off the BSV to new people as well as to have a good time with one another while were at it. If you would like, wear your club T-Shirt/Sweatshirt/Vest/Hat or whatever moves you and spread the word about the BSV.