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.

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Spiritual Standards concert

Luther Decade 2008 - 2017 Well-known chorals and hymns stand as the foundation for German jazz instrumentalists, pianist Markus Burger and saxophonist Jan Von Klewitz, who blend modern improvisation w...

Benefit Concert: herbieQ, Thomas Gunther and Friends

Benefit concert: herbieQ, Thomas Gunther and friends

Join herbieQ (who you perhaps know better as Consul General Herbert Quelle), Chicago keyboardist and producer Thomas Gunther, and friends as they take the stage for a night of blues and jazz. Proceeds...

Consualte General celebrates 26 years of German unity

Consulate General celebrates 26 years of German unity

On Tuesday night, Consul General Herbert Quelle hosted the Consulate’s annual German Unity Day reception at the Union League Club. The Consulate staff was joined by many esteemed members of Chicago’s ...

Governor Nixon Visits Consulate General

Governor Nixon visits Consulate General

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visited the Consulate General in Chicago Tuesday, where he met with Deputy Consul General Mario Soos. The two discussed a range of topics, but focused especially on the cur...

Walter Scheel

Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the death of Walter Scheel

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier today (24 August) issued the following statement on the death of Walter Scheel: “I am saddened by the death of Walter Scheel. The staff of the Federal Foreig...

Janie Barner receives German-American Friendship Award

Janie Barner receives German-American Friendship Award

On Tuesday, August 23, Janie Barner received the German-American Friendship Award at a ceremony held in the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago, Illinois. Consul General He...

Walter Sommers with Consul General Herbert Quelle

Walter Sommers receives Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

On Saturday, August 6, Walter Sommers received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany at a ceremony held in the CANDLES Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Terre Haute, Indiana.  Consul General Herbert Quelle presented the award on behalf of Federal President Joachim Gauck.  Honorary Consul Sven Schumacher from Indianapolis was also present.

Honorary Consul Paul Obernuefemann with Deputy Consul General Mario Soos

Obernuefemann appointed the new German Honorary Consul in St. Louis

In a ceremony at the Chicago Consulate General on Thursday 30 June 2016, Paul Obernuefemann was officially sworn in as the new German Honorary Consul in St. Louis by German Deputy Consul General, Mario Soos.

Consul General Herbert Quelle and Honorary Consul Christa Tiefenbacher-Hudson

Changing of the guard in Minnesota

After six years of excellent service in promoting German-American relations as Honorary Consul of Germany in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Mrs. Christa Tiefenbacher-Hudson stepped down from this office on May 30, 2016.

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.


Consulate General News Archives

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

President Obama issues German-American Day proclamation

October 6, 2016 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION For centuries, German immigrants have ventured to American shores for the same reasons as so many others — to pu...


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Deutsches Generalkonsulat Chicago

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The Consul General

Consul General Herbert Quelle

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

Job opening

The German Consulate General in Chicago is looking for two new colleagues at the telephone switchboard & reception desk and as substitute drivers.

Please note that the German Consulate General can only hire fluent speakers of German for this position.

See the detailed job description below for more information (in German only):

Job opening [pdf, 213.05k]

Application deadline: November 15, 2016

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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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Trends and Perspectives

Migration, the digital revolution, the trend towards sharing rather than owning, and a new relaxed attitude to business: many factors are changing the way people live in Germany. In the “Trends and Perspectives” section of the latest edition of “DE Magazin Deutschland” and on, learn about how current trends are affecting society and life in Germany. You can also read a report about the rediscovery of the German forest, and gain some fascinating insights into the everyday work of deep-sea researcher Antje Boetius.


Topical dossier on “Trends and Perspectives”

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Its interactive and informative app provides quick, easy access to the latest information from the FFO.