German Consulate General Chicago

Chicago German Consular staff reflected in Cloud Gate

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.

(l to r) Nils Daldrup, Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie; Brigitte Fahrngruber, Messe Stuttgart International; Consul Evita Diasilua, Chicago Consulate; Legal Clerk Birthe Schekahn, Chicago Consulate

Germany well represented at RSNA's 100th Trade Fair

On Tuesday, December 2, Chancellor Evita Diasilua visited the German Pavilion of the 100th annual meeting and trade fair of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), held at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

The exhibit

"Utopia: Revisiting a German State in America" opens at Missouri History Museum

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.

Dr. Jedan with his extended family and Consul General Quelle

Dr. Dieter Jedan awarded Federal Cross of Merit

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.

Speaking at the gravesite

Volkstrauertag observed

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.

Consul General Quelle

Consul General Quelle visits ISU

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.

"Refuge- Stories of the Selfhelp Home" to be screened in Hamburg

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.

Consul General Quelle with Honorary Consul Martin Wilhelmy in front of the piece of the Wall donated by the city of Berlin to Cincinnati.

25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall Celebrated in Cincinnati

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.


Christmas and New Year's


The Consulate General will be closed on December 24, 25, 26 and 31. The Consulate will also be closed on January 1, 2015.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year's.

The Consul General

Consul General Herbert Quelle

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

Welcome to the Advent Calendar. Open a new window each day through December 24 and discover music, recipes, stories, crafts and even a few games that we hope will bring a touch of German Christmas tradition to your holiday season. Enjoy!

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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?