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 and the consular services we provide.

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:

Appointment system

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.


"On the trail of the German harmonica"

Since the 1860s, over one billion German harmonicas have been brought to the United States, probably more than any other finished industrial product from Germany. That the harmonica is often considere...

Dr. Joachim Reppmann receives German American Friendship Award

Dr. Joachim Reppmann receives German American Friendship Award

On April 1, Consul General Herbert Quelle presented Dr. Joachim “Yogi” Reppmann with the German American Friendship Award during the Euro-Atlantic Conference "The Legacy of 1848, Through Today" in Nor...

Missourian Dorris Keeven-Franke honored with German-American Friendship Award

Missourian Dorris Keeven-Franke honored with German-American Friendship Award

Dorris Keeven-Franke received the German-American Friendship Award from Consul General Herbert Quelle, on behalf of Ambassador Peter Wittig, at a ceremony in St. Louis on Thursday, December 17.


Carmel High School presented with PASCH Award

Honorary Consul Sven Schumacher presented Carmel High School with the prestigious PASCH Award at a ceremony at the Carmel, Indiana school to honor its outstanding commitment to teaching the German lan...

Kaufmann speaks at Volkstrauertag

Volkstrauertag observed across the Midwest

Consul Franz Kaufmann spoke Sunday, November 13, at a ceremony commemorating Volkstrauertag (National Day of Mourning) in Fort Sheridan, IL.  Volkstrauertag is observed every year in Germany to remem...

Touring the exhibition

Opening: "Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation"

The Minneapolis exhibition, in the Lutheran heartland of the United States, includes items never displayed outside Europe before and provides a comprehensive overview of the life and work of the great reformer.

Roth addresses GACC

Minister of State Michael Roth visits Chicago

Consul General Herbert Quelle provided Minister of State Michael Roth a close look at many aspects of Chicago’s political and social landscape.

Consualte General celebrates 26 years of German unity

Consulate General celebrates 26 years of German unity

On Tuesday night, Consul General Herbert Quelle hosted the Consulate’s annual German Unity Day reception at the Union League Club. The Consulate staff was joined by many esteemed members of Chicago’s ...

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...

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.


Consulate General News Archives

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


View of Chicago's Skyline at Sunset

Deutsches Generalkonsulat Chicago

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Hier finden Sie die deutschsprachige Version der Webseite.  

The Consul General

Consul General Herbert Quelle

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

International Parliamentary Scholarship of The German Bundestag (IPS)

Internationales Parlamentsstipendium (IPS)

The IPS program of The German Bundestag gives well-qualified young people with a strong interest in politics from the USA, France, Israel and Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe and the Arab world the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Germany's system of parliamentary government. Through fifteen-week placements with Members of the Bundestag, participants are introduced to the wide variety of tasks carried out in a Member’s office. Scholarship-winners are chosen by the Bundestag’s independent selection panel.

Deadline for Applications for One-Time Payment to Former Soviet Prisoners of War to Expire September 30, 2017

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The period of time in which to submit an application ends this year on September 30, 2017. Members of the Soviet armed forces who were detained as prisoners of war by Germany during the Second World War in the period from June 22, 1941, to May 8, 1945, may apply for a one-time payment in the amount of 2,500 euros.


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The Consulate General does not have an internship program. Information on internship opportunities at other German Missions can be found (in German) at:

Germany’s G20 presidency

A reef knot as the symbol of the G20 summit in Hamburg

Germany will be holding the presidency of the G20 in 2017. The summit of the heads of state and government and representatives of international organisations will be held in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017. A number of G20 ministers’ conferences are scheduled to take place prior to this. The G20 Foreign Ministers met in Bonn on 16 and 17 February 2017. The summit and ministers’ meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to raise awareness of new issues in international affairs.

Further information is available on the following webpages:

Donate for refugees


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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Trends and Perspectives

Migration, the digital revolution, the trend towards sharing rather than owning, and a new relaxed attitude to business: many factors are changing the way people live in Germany. In the “Trends and Perspectives” section of the latest edition of “DE Magazin Deutschland” and on, learn about how current trends are affecting society and life in Germany. You can also read a report about the rediscovery of the German forest, and gain some fascinating insights into the everyday work of deep-sea researcher Antje Boetius.

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“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.