The Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago is a non-profit, private foundation organized under section 501©(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


The Society was founded in 1872, shortly after the destructive Great Chicago Fire, and was designed at first to help members of the Swiss Community of Chicago weather the hardships inflicted upon them by the fire.

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Featured Events

Austrian – Swiss – German Stammtisch

July 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm CDT

Swiss National Day on Michigan Avenue

August 1 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

Swiss Club – Swiss National Day Celebration

August 3 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT

Senior Monthly Meetings

November 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST

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Support Activities

  • Monthly stipends for citizens of Swiss descent who are elderly or who have disabilities
  • Funding of senior member gatherings
  • Scholarship grants for students of Swiss descent having permanent residence in the Greater Chicago area, the State of Illinois or parts of Wisconsin, awarded by annual competition
  • Support for summer language study at Concordia Language Villages
  • Funding assistance for special events of a cultural or other nature that are directly related to our Swiss heritage or that benefit the Chicago area Swiss Community at large, as allowable by tax laws
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Language Immersion

The Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago sponsors scholarship awards for a one-week virtual online language immersion experience in French, German, or Italian at the Concordia Language Villages in northern Minnesota.