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
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!
Teenagers are invited to learn German in the Summer Camp for Teenagers offered by the Goethe-Institut Chicago! The camp offers a language learning experience for all skill levels. With interactive lessons, new media like the iPad, games, films, field trips and - most of all - fun, participants will learn the basics of the German language or improve their existing language skills.
The summer camp is a day camp and will be held from Monday through Friday, August 17 - August 21, from 9:30 AM until 4 PM, at the Center on Halsted (3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60613).
Summer Camp for Teenagers offered by Goethe-Institut Chicago
On Sunday, April 12, 2015, a delegation from the German Bundestag hosted a reception for participants of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program (CBYX), along with their host families, at the Union League Club in Chicago.
CBYX participants hosted by Bundestag members
SUSTAINABILITY IN GERMAN CLASS AND IN STEM CLASSES
Program will focus on:
Water, Energy/Resources and Bio-Diversity
Advanced training in Germany for up to 10 pairs of teachers during the summer of 2015.
Application Deadline: April 15, 2015!
Opportunity for STEM and German teachers
Honorary Consuls from the Midwest met in Chicago on Thursday and Friday, March 26-27, 2015, for the Annual Regional Honorary Consul Conference. In the district of the Consulate General in Chicago, nine Honorary Consuls help to promote German-American relations and provide consular services at locations more convenient than the central office in Chicago.
Honorary Consuls recognized for service at annual conference
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.
Opening of Graepel factory in Omaha
Ruth Graves had to flee Nazi Germany as a 10-year-old Jewish girl in 1939 together with her parents. A bill passed by the Nazi regime in 1941 stipulated that a Jew living outside Germany could not be a German citizen. Thus, Ruth and her family lost their German citizenship when leaving Germany in order to save their lives. German Basic Law gives all former Germans who were persecuted between 1933 and 1945, as well as their descendents, the option to re-obtain German citizenship.
85-year-old Ruth Graves reclaims German citizenship after 75 years
Find you can find other press releases from the past few years.