German Consulate General Chicago
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
Please note: Due to renovation work in the service counter area of the Legal and Consular Department at the Consulate General in Chicago, it is expected that no passport or visa requests can be accepted or processed between December 16, 2014 and March 20, 2015. Restrictions on visitor traffic in other consular matters may also come into effect.
All appointments for passport applications are currently booked through to the beginning of construction. That being said, applicants sometimes cancel appointments on short-notice. Therefore we recommend that you regularly review the appointment situation at our Consulate General for open appointments, up until the beginning of the renovation work.
As always, you also have the option of applying for a passport with the following Honorary Consuls in our consular district: Mr. Martin Wilhelmy in Cincinnati, OH; Mr. Rolf Snyder in Kansas City, KS; Ms. Christa Tiefenbacher-Hudson in Minneapolis, MN; and Mr. Lansing Hecker in St. Louis, MO. Alternatively, you may also contact another German mission in the United States for the purpose of applying for a passport, although their capacity to handle additional cases is limited.
The extent to which other diplomatic missions can provide substitute services for visa applications is currently being determined. We will inform you on our website as soon as further details become available. We ask for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you more comfortably in our new facilities in the future!
On Friday, November 21, 2014 the traveling exhibit, “Utopia - Revisiting a German State in America” opened with a special evening premier at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. The exhibit graphically tells the story of five hundred immigrants from Giessen, Germany who forever left their homes in 1834 in search of where the “sun of freedom shines” and how they contributed and shaped the great city of St. Louis and the state of Missouri.
"Utopia: Revisiting a German State in America" opens at Missouri History Museum
On Wednesday, November 11, 2014, Dr. Dieter Jedan was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland). Consul General Herbert Quelle presented the award on behalf of Federal President Joachim Gauck in a ceremony at the Chicago Consulate enlivened by Dr. Jedan's family and grandchildren.
Dr. Dieter Jedan awarded Federal Cross of Merit
Grim weather provided a fitting backdrop for the observation of Volkstrauertag on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at the Fort Sheridan Cemetery in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, and Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Missouri. The German National Day of Mourning has been observed for 92 years, and honors those who have died as victims of war and terror.
Faculty and students of Illinois State University in Normal showed great interest in the visit of Consul General on November 13 for a talk on 25 years after the fall of the Wall.
Consul General Quelle visits ISU
The English-language film "Refuge- Stories of the Selfhelp Home" will be shown at the Metropolis Theater in Hamburg at 10 a.m. local time on December 8 as part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sister City relationship between Chicago and Hamburg.
"Refuge- Stories of the Selfhelp Home" to be screened in Hamburg
Consul General Herbert Quelle attended the 25th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, held at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. Other notable attendees included Richard Schade, Professor Emeritus, Department of German Studies, University of Cincinnati; Martin Wilhelmy, Honorary German Consul; and keynote speaker William Howard Taft IV, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO.
25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall Celebrated in Cincinnati
The Seventh Annual European Jazz Meets Chicago took place on the nights of November 5th and 6th at the Chicago Cultural Center. Musicians from Europe and Chicago came together for entertaining evenings of improvised jazz.
European Jazz Meets Chicago
During the week of November 3, every German Consul General and nearly every Honorary Consul met at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. for a conference. The Midwest was very well-represented, with all nine Honorary Consuls and Consul General Herbert Quelle taking part.
Consular Conference in Washington, D.C.
On Thursday, October 30, "Dictatorship and Democracy in the Age of Extremes: Spotlights on the History of Europe in the Twentieth Century" officially opened for public viewing at DePaul University in Chicago. A contingent of faculty and students was on hand to provide insight, joined by Deputy Consul General Mario Soos.
"Dictatorship and Democracy" Exhibit