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.

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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!

Consul General Quelle with MO Governor Jay Nixon

Consul General Quelle meets with MO governor Jay Nixon

On April 16, Consul General Herbert Quelle paid an official visit to the Governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon. This was his fourth meeting with a Governor of the 13 federal states in the consular district of Chicago.

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Summer Camp for Teenagers offered by Goethe-Institut Chicago

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).

Members of the delegation with CBYX participants and Deputy Consul General Mario Soos

CBYX participants hosted by Bundestag members

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.

(l. to r.) Consul General Herbert Quelle, Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation Jürgen Hardt, Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel

Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation visits Midwest

The Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation for the German Federal Foreign Office, Jürgen Hardt, MP, visited Chicago from April 12 to 14, 2015.

Sustainability in German and in STEM classes

Opportunity for STEM and German teachers

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!

Honorary Consuls with staff of the Chicago Consulate General

Honorary Consuls recognized for service at annual conference

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.

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Opening of Graepel factory in Omaha

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.

Consul General Quelle with Ruth Graves and family

85-year-old Ruth Graves reclaims German citizenship after 75 years

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.


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Consul General Herbert Quelle

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

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“Auswärtiges Amt – Auslandsvertretungen weltweit”: the app for finding German missions abroad on all standard mobile devices

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International Parliamentary Scholarship

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The German Bundestag invites you, in cooperation with the with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin to to apply for an International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) to spend five months in Berlin. For more information please klick here:

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