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.

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.

CQ Quelle with Governor Jack Dalrymple

Consul General Quelle makes first official visit to North Dakota

During his first official visit to North Dakota on May 18 and 19, Consul General Herbert Quelle met in Bismarck with Governor Jack Dalrymple.

College German Immersion Day at North Central College in Naperville, IL

Consul General Quelle on the refugee crisis

Consul General Herbert Quelle has continued his lecture tour on the issue of refugees in Europe, surpassing 40 talks and discussions since September 2015.

Consul General Quelle presenting the award to Mr. Adams

Edmund Adams awarded the German American Friendship Award

On April 13, 2016, Edmund Adams received the German American Friendship Award of Ambassador Wittig from Consul General Herbert Quelle during the Munich Gala in Cincinnati.


Consulate General News Archives

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


View of Chicago's Skyline at Sunset

The Consul General

Consul General Herbert Quelle

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

Holiday Closure

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In observance of Independence Day, the Consulate General will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016.  

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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The impact of foreign policy

Whether refugee crisis, natural disasters or military conflicts, foreign policy activity defines how Germany is perceived in the world. The special feature on “The impact of foreign policy” in the latest issue of DE Magazin Deutschland and on the website presents articles, interviews and portraits that explain Germany’s foreign policy commitment and how it changes people’s lives. There are interviews on this subject with Bärbel Kofler, the new Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy, and with Antoine Gérard, Chief of the Secretariat of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016.

E-paper edition

Topical dossier on “The impact of foreign policy”

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.  

Deutsches Generalkonsulat Chicago

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Hier finden Sie die deutschsprachige Version der Webseite.