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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Please note: Due to renovation work in the service counter area of the Legal and Consular Department at the Consulate General in Chicago, it is expected that no passport or visa requests can be accepted or processed between December 16, 2014 and March 20, 2015.  Restrictions on visitor traffic in other consulary affairs may also come into effect. We ask for your patience and understanding.

The extent to which other diplomatic missions can provide substitute services is currently being determined. We will inform you on our website as soon as further details become available. If you believe that you will need a passport or visa during the above-mentioned period, we highly recommend that you submit your application now.


Call for applicants for Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship

The Robert Bosch Foundation and Cultural Vistas invite US professionals to apply for the 2015-2016 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program. Bosch Fellows work as consultants in their field of expertise at leading public or private institutions in Germany.  Deadline: November 1, 2014.

School Director Dr. Annegret Harnischfeger and Consul General Quelle with students

Consul General Quelle visits German International School Chicago

On Wednesday, October 15, Consul General Herbert Quelle made his first visit to the German International School Chicago (GISC).

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The Euro - taking off or staying grounded?

On Tuesday, October 14, 2014,  Dr. Andreas Dombret, Board Member of the Deutsche Bundesbank,  gave a speech at the American Council on Germany (ACG), Chicago Chapter, on the conditions for a sustained and stable recovery in the Euro area.

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Deputy Consul General Soos speaks at 7th Annual Great Decisions Conference

On Friday, October 10, Deputy Consul General Mario Ingo Soos presented Germany's "Energiewende" at the Minnnesota International Center's 7th Annual Great Decisions Conference.  The theme of this year's conference was Energy Independence.

Irmi Maunu-Kocian, Liv Lisa Fries, Frederik Steiner, Giora Bejach, Mimi Plauche, Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Mrs. Quelle, Consul General Quelle, Margarethe von Trotta, Oliver Mahrdt, Michael Kutza, Kathleen Turner and Ferzan Özpetek.

Consul General Quelle welcomes participants of the Chicago International Film Festival

On  Sunday, October 12, Consul General Herbert Quelle and his wife Corinna hosted a reception for participants of the Chicago International Film Festival.

Consul General Herbert Quelle meeting with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in attendance of Honorary Consul Fred Hoffman

Consul General Quelle at German Unity Day celebration in Grand Rapids, Michigan

On October 8 Consul General Herbert Quelle spoke at the celebration of German Unity Day in Grand Rapids, Michigan, organized by Honorary Consul Fred Hoffman, Detroit, in close cooperation with the Grand Rapids Public Museum, whose president and CEO, Dale Robertson also attended.

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Attention Teachers: Transatlantic Outreach Program now accepting applications

U.S. and Canadian social studies teachers (grades K-12), social studies methods professors, and curriculum coordinators are invited to apply for 2015 Modern Germany Summer Study Tours.

Consul General Herbert Quelle

Day of German Unity celebrated at Union League Club

The annual reception to honor the Day of German Unity was hosted by Consul General Herbert Quelle at the Union League Club of Chicago. This year, the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall was commemorated.

Consul General Quelle speaking at German American Day commemoration

German American Day commemorated by German American Societies of Chicago

Consul General Herbert Quelle and Mrs. Quelle attended the annual "Gedenkfeier" in St Benedict Church organized by United German American Societies of Greater Chicago.

Mayor Emanuel with Consul General Quelle

Consul General Quelle meets Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

On Monday, September 29, Consul General Herbert Quelle met with Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel in the Mayor's office at City Hall.

Consul General Quelle with representatives of Taschen, a German publishing firm

Consul General Quelle visits EXPO Chicago

On Sunday, September 21, Consul General Herbert Quelle visited Expo Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art.  Held at Navy Pier, the exposition featured 140 leading galleries from around the world, including several from Germany.

(l. to r.) Consul General Herbert Quelle and Head of Germanic Studies Dr. Elizabeth Loentz

"Dictatorship and Democracy in the Age of Extremes" officially opens at University of Illinois at Chicago

On Monday, September 22, Consul General Herbert Quelle spoke at the Chicago premier of "Dictatorship and Democracy in the Age of Extremes: Spotlights on the History of Europe in the Twentieth Century."

Consul General Quelle with students and staff of the Deutsche Sprachschule Bloomfield

Consul General Quelle presents German Language Certificates to Michigan students

Consul General Quelle visited eastern Michigan last weekend to officially present German Language certificates ("Deutsche Sprachdiplome") to students of the Deutsche Sprachschule Bloomfield and Deutsche Schule Ann Arbor.


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Consul General Herbert Quelle

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

2nd Consular Information Evening on 19 November 2014 at 6 p.m. at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center in Chicago !


For the second time, Consular Officers of the Consulate General Chicago invite Germans and persons with German roots to an informal informative evening at the DANK Haus in Chicago. Use this great opportunity to meet our consular officers, and ask questions for example about the application for a German passport, German citizenship, the birth of your German child in the U.S. or your marriage in the U.S.
An interesting evening with plenty of information awaits you, followed by a small reception by invitation of the Consulate General.
We are looking forward to seeing you there !

Please register here (for free):


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... that some of the legal and consular services we offer can also be delivered by an Honorary Consul?