The one and only Chicago Accordion Club was founded in 1988 by legendary accordionists from the Chicago area under the leadership of first President Lindy Kao. Past Presidents have included: John Simkus, Ernie Sandquist, Lenny Leto, and Joe Pekarek.
Meetings of the Club through the years have featured performances from accordion greats not only from Chicago, but also from around the world including Italy, Russia, China, Poland, Sweden, and Moldova. Guests have come from as far as Chile and Brazil, too! Who can forget the legendary concerts at the Chicago Accordion Club through the years starring Art Van Damme, Frank Marocco, and Dick Contino.
The loyal members of the CAC include both amateur and professional accordionists, as well as non-playing music fans and players of other instruments. Local greats among others such as John Simkus, Mike Alongi, Jerry Cigler, John Steciw, and Lenny Leto are regulars at our meetings and shows. Other regulars through the years have included wonderful accordionists like Stas Venglevski, Sean O'Donnell, Jim Merola, Frank Yakoubek, Ed Smollen, Gary Edgren, Bobbie Edler, Gene Kolasny, Tom Mara, Richard Smrha, Eddie Korosa, Frank Rossi, Bob Hoge, and so many others. Be a part of the CAC!
The legendary Dick Contino performing at the CAC.