German Consulate General Chicago

Chicago Skyline from Belmont Harbor Enlarge image (© Germany.info/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. 

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Juan Díes of the Sones de México Ensemble plays a donkey jaw

15th Anniversary of the Rush Hour Concert Series

A "Bach to Bach Double-Header" concert filled St. James Cathedral in Chicago with beautiful music on Tuesday, July 15. 

Chicago Consul General Herbert Quelle with Deirdre Berger, Director of the Berlin office of the American Jewish Committee

Consul General Quelle meets with Director of Berlin office of the American Jewish Committee

On Monday, July 14, Consul General Herbert Quelle met in Berlin with Deirdre Berger, Director of the Berlin office of the American Jewish Committee.

Consul General Quelle celebrates one of the seven goals scored by Germany

Consul General Herbert Quelle welcomed to Chicago by 7-1 victory over Brazil

Consul General Herbert Quelle and staff celebrated the victory of the German National Team at the Goethe-Institut Chicago.

Consul General Brecht with Dr. Barclay

Dr. David Barclay awarded Federal Cross of Merit

On Tuesday, Dr. David Barclay was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse) for his outstanding efforts to promote German-American relations.  Consul General Dr. Christian Brecht presented the award on behalf of Federal President Joachim Gauck in an intimate ceremony at the Consulate General in Chicago.

Shelley Frisch receiving the award from Consul General Brecht

19th Annual Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize awarded

On Monday, Shelley Frisch received the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize for her translation of "Kafka-- The Years of Insight" by Reiner Stach.  In a ceremony held at the Fine Arts Building in Chicago, German Consul General Brecht presented the award, which is funded by the German Foreign Office and administered by the Goethe-Institut Chicago.  Following the presentation, Ms. Frisch read an excerpt from her translation.

(l. to r.) Rolf Achilles, chair, Chicago-Hamburg Committee Sister City; Dr. Herbert Wiedermann, Land Youth Office; Jan Pörksen, State Councilor for the Ministry of Labor, Social, Family Affairs and Integration; Dr. Christian Brecht, Consul General of Germany in Chicago

Hamburg social workers meet with Chicago counterparts

Officials and social workers from the Ministry of Labor, Social, Family Affairs and Integration of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg visited Chicago this week to meet with their local counterparts.

Dr. Lohse addressing the symposium at the Union League Club

Bremen's Senator for Environment explains Germany's renewable energy policy

Dr. Joachim Lohse, the Senator for Environment, Urban Development and Transportation of the German city of Bremen, visited Chicago last week to speak about renwable energy policy and climate change.

Jewish Life in Germany Today

"Jewish Life in Germany Today" exhibition officially opened in Cincinnati

Consul General Dr. Christian Brecht offically opened the "Jewish Life in Germany Today" exhibition at the Hebrew Union College Skirball Museum in Cincinnati on Monday. Through photos, text, audio and videos, the exhibit explores the experiences of several Jewish individuals living in Germany today.

(l. to r.) French Consul General Graham Paul, Dr. Animesh Ghoshal, German Consul General Dr. Christian Brecht

Consuls General Paul and Brecht discuss International Monetary Economics at DePaul

French Consul General Graham Paul and German Consul General Christian Brecht discussed International Monetary Economics at DePaul University on Thursday, May 29.  Speaking to the class of Dr. Animesh Ghoshal, the two offered their unique insight on the Eurozone and the process of monetary integration.

(l. to r.) Johannes Ebert, Secretary General of the Goethe-Institut, with Dr. Christian Brecht, Consul General of Germany in Chicago

Regional Directors' Conference of the Goethe-Institut hosted in Chicago

From May 21-23, the directors of Goethe-Instituts in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Cuba met in Chicago for their annual regional conference.  They were joined by Johannes Ebert, Secretary General of the Goethe-Institut Head Office in Munich, as well as Dr. Christian Brecht, Consul General of Germany in Chicago.

(l. to r.) Prof. Erik Tillman, German Consul General Dr. Christian Brecht, Greek Consul General Ionna Efthymiadou, Prof. Alex Papadopoulos

European Parliamentary Elections discussed at DePaul University

On Tuesday, May 20th, a discussion of the upcoming European Parliamentary elections was held at DePaul University.  This weekend, citizens of the 28 member states of the European Union will vote for their representatives in the European Parliament.

Deputy Consul General Soos addressing the conference

Business Conference on Energy-Efficient Transportation Systems

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest hosted a Business Conference on Energy-Efficient Transportation Systems in Chicago on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.  During the conference a German delegation with companies that are active in this field as well as German and U.S. transportation experts discussed cutting-edge technologies that can make America’s transportation systems more energy-efficient.

(l. to r.) Michael Ianni, President of DANK-Haus Chicago; Frederik Lentz, Executive Director of The Art & Heritage Initiative; Dr. Christian Brecht, Consul General of Germany

"Freedom Forward" Exhibit Grand Opening

Kai Wiedenhöfer's "Freedom Forward: 25 Years after the fall of the Berlin Wall" exhibit officially opened on Thursday night at the DANK-Haus German American Cultural Center.  The exhibit juxtaposes images of the Berlin Wall with more recent images of other walls around the world.

GLSC President Ilse Shelton with Consul General Brecht

10th Anniversary of the German Language Society Chicago

On Tuesday, May 13, the German Language Society of Chicago (GLSC) marked their tenth anniversary with a celebration at the Metropolitan Club.

Consul General Brecht presents Director Dr. Annegret Harnischfeger with the plaque

Presentation of PASCH Plaque to German International School Chicago

On Tuesday evening, Consul General Brecht presented the German International School Chicago with a plaque marking their entry into the PASCH network.

Hamburg Container Terminal

World Trade Week West Michigan Business Conference

Deputy Consul General Mario Soos joined representatives of other EU nations for a panel discussion on "European Markets on the Rise" at the World Trade Week West Michigan Business Conference in Grand Rapids on Thursday.

Addressing the group at breakfast: Honorary Consul Fred Hoffman, Member of the Bundestag Bartholomaeus Kalb, Interpreter Olivia Reinshagen-Hernandez

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange forum in Dearborn

A delegation from the German Bundestag met in Dearborn, Michigan on Monday and Tuesday to evaluate the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program (CBYX).  Since its founding over 30 years ago, the CBYX program has given more than 20,000 German and American youths the opportunity to spend a year in each other's country.

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Consul General Herbert Quelle

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