German Consulate General Chicago

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German Consulate General Chicago

Welcome to the website of the German Consulate General in Chicago. Here you will find information on Germany, the consular services we provide and German-related news and events in Chicago and the Midwest. The Consulate General's area of jurisdiction comprises the States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Please note that an appointment is necessary for the processing of most legal and consular matters at the Consulate General in Chicago. To make an appointment, please use our

Appointment system.

Panel Conversation: Is Design Political?

Panel Conversation: Is Design Political?

Designing More Than the Surface We all have an image of what design is: the shaping of the objects that surround us. What is political about that? Nothing at first. Design becomes political when we ...


Informative consular evening in Indianapolis and Cincinnati

The German Consulate Chicago invites you to an informative consular evening in Indianapolis (October 11, 2016) and Cincinnati (October 12, 2016). Consul Franz Kaufmann, Head of Legal and Consular Section, will inform the German community about consular services. The event will be held in German. For more details see the invitations on the right side. No registration fee!

Consul General Herbert Quelle

"German Unity Against the Backdrop of Migration": A Lecture by Consul General Quelle

On October 3, the Day of German Unity, Consul General Herbert Quelle will be speaking at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Please click here to view and download the flyer: click here...

Martin Luther

Martin Luther: Art & the Reformation, Reception and Lecture

"500 years ago, one man took a stand that shook Europe and changed the world." To commemorate this moment in history, join for the premier event of the Minnesota German community, brought to you by t...

Governor Nixon Visits Consulate General

Governor Nixon Visits Consulate General

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visited the Consulate General in Chicago Tuesday, where he met with Deputy Consul General Mario Soos. The two discussed a range of topics, but focused especially on the cur...

Walter Scheel

Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the death of Walter Scheel

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier today (24 August) issued the following statement on the death of Walter Scheel: “I am saddened by the death of Walter Scheel. The staff of the Federal Foreig...

Janie Barner receives German-American Friendship Award

Janie Barner receives German-American Friendship Award

On Tuesday, August 23, Janie Barner received the German-American Friendship Award at a ceremony held in the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago, Illinois. Consul General He...

Walter Sommers with Consul General Herbert Quelle

Walter Sommers receives Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

On Saturday, August 6, Walter Sommers received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany at a ceremony held in the CANDLES Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Terre Haute, Indiana.  Consul General Herbert Quelle presented the award on behalf of Federal President Joachim Gauck.  Honorary Consul Sven Schumacher from Indianapolis was also present.

Honorary Consul Paul Obernuefemann with Deputy Consul General Mario Soos

Obernuefemann appointed the new German Honorary Consul in St. Louis

In a ceremony at the Chicago Consulate General on Thursday 30 June 2016, Paul Obernuefemann was officially sworn in as the new German Honorary Consul in St. Louis by German Deputy Consul General, Mario Soos.

Consul General Herbert Quelle and Honorary Consul Christa Tiefenbacher-Hudson

Changing of the guard in Minnesota

After six years of excellent service in promoting German-American relations as Honorary Consul of Germany in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Mrs. Christa Tiefenbacher-Hudson stepped down from this office on May 30, 2016.

Call for papers: International Conference on the Forty-Eighters in the USA

Once again the German and European rebels and freedom fighters that immigrated to the USA as a result of the 1848 Revolution will be the focus of a trans-Atlantic conference. “The Legacy of 1848” (Das Vermächtnis von 1848) will be held in Northfield, Minnesota (50 miles/80 km south of Minneapolis) from March 30 to April 2, 2017.

Armin Homann with his family and CG Quelle

Armin Homann awarded German American Friendship Award

Armin Homann received the German American Friendship Award of Ambassador Wittig from Consul General Herbert Quelle in a ceremony before his children and grandchildren at the Chicago Consulate on Wednesday, June 1st.

The CG's table with pianist George Lepauw, Nepalese CG Marvin Brustin and spouse, Ursula and Stanley Johnson, Laura and James Kiefer

The International Women Associates of Chicago Gala 2016

The International Women Associates of Chicago celebrated Germany at this year’s annual gala on May 13 at the Four Seasons Hotel.  Consul General Herbert Quelle and Mrs. Corinna Niestrath-Quelle served as honorary co-chairs.


Consulate General News Archives

Here you can find other press releases from the past few years.


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Deutsches Generalkonsulat Chicago

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Hier finden Sie die deutschsprachige Version der Webseite.  

Important Notice

The Consulate will be closed on October 3, 2016, in observance of the Day of German Unity.

The Consul General

Consul General Herbert Quelle

The Consulate General in Chicago is headed by Consul General Herbert Quelle.

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Want to contribute to refugee relief efforts?  Follow the link to donate to "Aktion Deutschland Hilft," an umbrella charity organization that is the gateway for donating to the refugees arriving in Germany.

Aktion Deutschland Hilft

You can also directly support the city of Hamburg, one of Chicago's Sister Cities. Please see below a letter from Chicago Sister Cities International for further information.

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Global education partner

Education is considered the raw material of the 21st century. When it comes to this resource, Germany is a very rich country and sees itself as a pioneer of international knowledge networking. In “Global education partner”, the special feature in the latest issue of DE Magazin Deutschland and on the website, you can find out more about why Germany is an attractive destination for learners and teachers. And get to know people with educations and careers in which Germany has played an important role. Also in this issue: insights into the life and work of Reformer Martin Luther 500 years ago and a report on new spaces for art.

E-paper edition

Topical dossier on “Global education partner”

Media library on the website

“Auswärtiges Amt – Auslandsvertretungen weltweit”: the app for finding German missions abroad on all standard mobile devices

App Auswärtiges AMt

Its interactive and informative app provides quick, easy access to the latest information from the FFO.