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.

Pardon Our Dust

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Due to renovation work at the Consulate General in Chicago, counter service will be unavailable from

                  March 2 through (anticipated) May 8, 2015.

Please note that no Visa or Passport applications can be accepted at the Consulate General in Chicago during this period. 

During the renovation work, applicants from Ohio and Michigan can submit Visa applications to the German Consulate General in New York.  Applicants from the other states in our district, please submit your applications to the German missions in Washington, D.C., Houston, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.  During the period mentioned above, please book your appointment on the website of the desired mission.  If you have received a Schengen Visa from the Consulate General in Chicago since May 15, 2014, please inquire via e-mail regarding the possibility of submitting the application by mail to the Consulate General in Chicago. 

Passport applications may be submitted at the aforementioned missions or at the following German Honorary Consuls in our district: Martin Wilhelmy in Cincinnati, OH; Rolf Snyder in Kansas City, KS; Christa Tiefenbacher-Hudson in Minneapolis, MN; and Lansing Hecker in St. Louis, MO.  In case of emergency, please contact the Consulate General in Chicago by telephone. 

Other consular matters requiring an appearance in person—such as issues of nationality (Staatsangehörigkeit), confirmation of signature (Unterschriftsbeglaubigung), or declaration of name (Namenserklärung), etc.—can be handled during the usual consular office hours (weekdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m.), even during the renovation work. 

We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to serving you better in our redesigned facilities!

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Opening of Graepel factory in Omaha

On his first visit to Nebraska on March 24 and 25, Consul General Herbert Quelle participated in the opening of the new factory of GRAEPEL in Omaha.  He also met with the board and members of the German-American Nebraska Society in their impressive clubhouse.

Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung

German Chancellor Fellowship

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Program offers young prospective leaders the opportunity to complete a professional development project during a one-year stay in Germany.

Jewish Life in Germany Today

"Jewish Life in Germany Today" exhibition opened in Minneapolis

Consul General Herbert Quelle officially opened the exhibition "Jewish Life in Germany Today" on Tuesday, February 24 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.  Through 25 panels of text and images, the exhibit relates the experiences of contemporary German Jews in different walks of life, as well as providing some historical background.

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Foreign Minister Steinmeier on "The DNA of German Foreign Policy"

Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier shares his thoughts on the presentation of the conclusions of "Review 2014 - A Fresh Look at German Foreign Policy."  Originally published by www.proje...

Consul General Herbert Quelle

Consul General Quelle featured in "Diplomatic Connections"

Consul General Herbert Quelle is featured in the March-April issue of "Diplomatic Connections" magazine.

Consul General Quelle with German historian Anette Isaacs

"Between Music and Madness": Richard Wagner and King Ludwig of Bavaria

On February 10th, the German Language Society Chicago presented to its members and guests an evening of German history. President Ilse Shelton opened the meeting and extended a warm welcome to Consul General Herbert Quelle and his wife Corinna. The speaker for the evening, German historian Anette Isaacs, presented an interesting, turbulent and intertwined story of the friendship between King Ludwig of Bavaria and Richard Wagner in her lecture "Between Music and Madness."

Deputy Consul General Mario Soos with students from St. Charles North High School

Meeting with high school students representing Germany at Model United Nations Conference (MUNUC)

On February 6, 2015, Deputy Consul General Mario Soos talked to a group of high school students representing Germany at the 2015 Model United Nations of the University of Chicago.


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The Consul General

Consul General Herbert Quelle

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

Easter Holidays


This Consulate General will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday, April 3 through April 6, 2015.

We wish everyone a Happy Easter!

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

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

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Honorarkonsul der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

... that some of the legal and consular services we offer can also be delivered by an Honorary Consul?

International Parliamentary Scholarship

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The German Bundestag invites you, in cooperation with the with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin to to apply for an International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) to spend five months in Berlin. For more information please klick here:

Deutsches Generalkonsulat Chicago

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Hier finden Sie die deutschsprachige Version der Webseite.