Examples of German-American Friendships brought to life - Sister Cities

“Chicago has always been a city of immigrants and we are proud of our city’s diversity – an attribute that has afforded the establishment of a Sister City presence in nearly every region of the world. In today’s increasingly global society, Chicago looks forward to continuing to strengthen and expand our international partnerships.” - Richard M. Daley

Hamburg City Hall and Inner and Outer Alster Enlarge image (© Maren Auth) Chicago is not only home of nearly 80 Consul Generals, the Windy City has 28 sister cities, one of which is Hamburg, Germany. The two cities have been linked since 1994, and in that time a manifold of exchange programs and a nurturing of cross-cultural visits has greatly deepened the transatlantic friendship. A friendship not only shared by business partnerships, but also between communities and individuals – creating the very “person-to-person diplomacy” that President Dwight D. Eisenhower envisioned in 1956.

An especially noteworthy aspect of the city partnership lies in the engagement of young people from both cities through athletic, cultural and political exchanges.

Sister Cities in the U.S. and Germany by States

Click on a State's name to learn more about its Sister Cities.

  • Illinois

    Belleville, IllinoisPaderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia
    Belvidere, IllinoisSchwiebendingen, Baden-Württemberg
    Deerfield, IllinoisLüdinghausen, North Rhine-Westphalia
    Peoria, IllinoisFriedrichshafen, Baden-Württemberg
    Quincy, IllinoisHerford, North Rhine-Westphalia
    Schaumburg, IllinoisSchaumburg, Lower Saxony
    Tinley Park, IllinoisBüdingen, Hesse
    Waterloo, IllinoisPorta Westfalica, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Indiana

    Indianapolis, IndianaCologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
    Anderson, IndianaBernburg, Saxony-Anhalt
    Columbus, IndianaLohne, Lower Saxony
    Evansville, IndianaOsnabrück, Lower Saxony
    Fort Wayne, IndianaGera, Thuringia
    Goshen, Indiana Bexbach, Saarland
    Jasper, IndianaPfaffenweiler, Baden-Württemberg
    South Bend, IndianaArzberg, Bavaria
    Vincennes, IndianaWasserburg am Inn, Bavaria

  • Iowa

    Davenport, IowaKaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate
    Waverly, IowaEisenach, Thuringia

  • Kansas

    Shawnee, KansasErfurt, Thuringia
    Lawrence, KansasEutin., Schleswig-Holstein
    Olathe, KansasOberndorf am Necker, Baden-Württemberg
    Overland Park, KansasBietigheim-Bissing, Baden-Württemberg

  • Kentucky

    Louisville, KentuckyMainz, Rhineland-Palatinate
    Bowling Green, KentuckyErfurt, Thuringia
    Murray, KentuckyRegensburg, Bavaria

  • Michigan

    Ann Arbor, MichiganTübingen, Baden-Württemberg
    Bay City, MichiganAnsbach, Bavaria
    Coldwater, MichiganSoltau, Lower Saxony
    Frankenmuth, MichiganGunzenhausen, Bavaria
    Jackson, MichiganVarel, Lower Saxony
    Redford, MichiganGau-Algesheim, Rhineland-Palatinate
    Saline, MichiganLindenberg im Allgäu, Bavaria
  • Minnesota

    St. Paul, MinnesotaNeuss, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Missouri

    St. Louis, MissouriStuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
    Kansas City, MissouriHanover, Lower Saxony
    St. Charles, MissouriLudwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg
    Wsahington, MissouriMarbach am Neckar, Baden-Württemberg
  • Nebraska

    Omaha, NebraskaBraunschweig, Lower Saxony
  • Ohio

    Columbus, OhioDresden, Saxony
    Akron, OhioChemnitz, Saxony
    Blue Ash, OhioIlmenau, Thuringia
    Centerville, OhioBad Zwischenahn. Lower Saxony
    Cincinnati, OhioMunich, Bavaria
    Dayton, OhioAugsburg, Bavaria
    Glandorf, OhioGlandorf, Lower Saxony
    Hubert Heights, OhioRheinsberg, Brandenburg
    Hudson, OhioLandsberg am Lech, Bavaria
    Portsmouth, OhioZittau, Saxony
    Springfield, OhioWittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt
    St. Marys, OhioLienen, North Rhine-Westphalia
    Toledo, OhioDelmenhorst, Lower Saxony
    Vandalia, OhioLichtenfels, Bavaria
    Wapakoneta, OhioLengerich, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • South Dakota

    Sioux Falls, South DakotalPotsdam, Brandenburg
    Rapid City, South DakotaApolda, Thuringia

  • Wisconsin

    Brookfield, WisconsinSeligenstadt, Hesse
    Kenosha, WisconsinWolfenbüttel, Lower Saxony
    La Crosse, WisconsinFriedberg, Hesse
    Madison, WisconsinFreiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg
    Milwaukee, WisconsinSchwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Sister Cities

Sunset at the port of the City of Hamburg

German-U.S. Sister Cities in the Midwest

Flags of the United States and Germany

Click here to download an unofficial list of some of the German-U.S. sister cities in the jurisdiction area of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago. Please note that this list has been compiled for your convenience and only contains partnerships which have been brought to our attention; it is by no means a complete listing.