A local chapter of the Volkswagen Club of America, the Northeast Illinois Volkswagen Association (NIVA) was founded in 1990 so that area VW enthusiasts could get together and enjoy a common interest. NIVA is a family oriented club that promotes the restoration, enjoyment, preservation and promotion of all VW's, both air and water-cooled.
Our newsletter, the Wolfsburg Edition, is mailed every-other month and we have at least one club activity per month. Events include car shows, cruises, picnics, slot-car racing, fix-it days, camping, our annual holiday banquet, bowling, an indoor Spring swap meet and a local Independence Day parade. NIVA organizes two huge all-VW car shows/swap meets during the summer and our members also attend other VW-related activities in the area throughout the year. NIVA membership also includes membership in the Volkswagen Club of America (not affiliated with VWoA), so you will receive the VWCA newsletter as well.
Monthly membership "Meet-n-Eats" are held on the fourth (not the last) Wednesday of each month (except November and December) at Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ in Elk Grove Village. Sweet Baby Rays is located at 800 E. Higgins Rd. (just east of Arlington Hts. Rd. and about two miles east of I-290/Rt. 53). We meet for dinner at 6:00pm and the meetings begin around 7:00pm. We usually wrap up around 8:30pm. ALL members, potential members and interested persons are invited to attend.