Minister of State Michael Roth visits Chicago

Oct 28, 2016

Roth visits Quigley office Enlarge image Consul General Quelle (left), Minister of State Roth (center), and Rep. Quigley (right) meet in Quigley's Lakeview office (© On Friday, October 28, Consul General Herbert Quelle hosted Minister of State Michael Roth in Chicago. Quelle provided Roth, who serves directly under Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a close look at many aspects of Chicago’s political and social landscape.

In the morning, the two met with leaders of Jewish organizations in Chicago, including the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the American Jewish Committee, and the Chicago Board of Rabbis. Roth visits GISC Enlarge image Roth and Quelle with German Internation School Chicago acting director Petra Obritzberger (left) (©

They then headed to Lakeview for a meeting with Congressman Mike Quigley, representative of Illinos’ 5th District, to discuss the German-American relationship and the upcoming U.S. elections. Roth also got to experience the excitement around the 2016 pennant-winning Cubs: in anticipation of the first World Series game played at Wrigley Field since 1945, Rep. Quigley was decked out in his Cubs attire. Following the meeting, Roth visited the nearby German International School Chicago.

In the afternoon, Roth gave a lecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, entitled “Transatlantic Challenges: A European Perspective.” (See below for the full text of the speech.) Roth visits St. Sabina Enlarge image Father Michael Pfleger (right) discusses the issues facing Chicago's South Side with Roth and Quelle at St. Sabina Church (© Following the speech, a question-and-answer session, and conversations with students, Quelle took Roth further south for a meeting with Father Michael Pfleger at St. Sabina Church to discuss gun violence, poverty, and other issues plaguing many in the African-American community, including on Chicago’s South Side, and the work that is being done to combat these problems.

To close out the day Roth addressed the German-American business community at the awards gala of the German American Chamber of Commerce. Roth addresses GACC Enlarge image Roth addresses the German American Chamber of Commerce awards gala (© Timmy Samuel/Starbelly Studios Photography)

Roth’s visit to Chicago was part of a larger North American tour. It was preceded by stops in Ottawa and Toronto and followed by a trip to Minneapolis, where Roth delivered the keynote speech at the opening of the exhibition “Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation,” at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Full text: "Transatlantic Challenges: A European Perspective"


Opening: "Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation"

Touring the exhibition

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.