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.

Deputy Consul General Soos speaks at the Fort Sheridan Ceremony

Volkstrauertag observed

The German Day of National Mourning (Volkstrauertag) was observed on Sunday, November 15.  The day honors those who have died as victims of war and terror, and was first observed 93 years ago.

Honorary German Consul Sven Schumacher, Marian University President Daniel Elsener, Senator Dan Coats, Consul General Quelle, Dieter Beyer, Director of Center for Global Studies Pierre Atlas

Consul General Quelle visits Marian University

On Friday, October 23, Consul General Quelle attended a lecture offered by Indiana Senator Dan Coats at Marion University in Indianapolis.

Soccer team from Hamburg with Consul General Quelle

Young soccer players from Hamburg visit Consulate

On Tuesday, October 20, a group of 50 young soccer players and their chaperones and a group of students from Verona High School in Wisconsin visited the Consulate General in Chicago.

Mr. Glotzbach receives the German American Friendship Award

German American Friendship Award bestowed upon George Glotzbach and Denny Warta

On behalf of Ambassador Peter Wittig, Consul General Herbert Quelle officially presented the German American Friendship Award to two very worthy recipients, George Glotzbach and Denny Warta, on Thursday, October 8.  Mr. Glotzbach accepted the award on behalf of Mr. Warta, who was unable to attend.

Consul General Quelle addresses the gathering

German-American Day celebrated in Chicago

Consul General Quelle addressed a large congregation of German-Americans celebrating German-American Day at St. Benedict Church, Chicago, on Sunday, October 4th.   Twenty-five associations paraded and presented their flags. Erich Himmel, Chairman of the Commemoration, welcomed the guests. 

The Brandenburg Gate in ice

25th German Unity Day celebrated at Union League Club

On Thursday, October 1, Consul General Herbert Quelle hosted a reception at the Union League Club of Chicago on the occasion of the 25th celebration of German Unity Day.  The reception was two days shy of the 25th anniversary of German legal reunification, which took place on October 3, 1990.


Consulate General News Archives

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


View of Chicago's Skyline at Sunset

Thanksgiving 2014

In observance of Thanksgiving, the Consulate General will be closed on Thursday, November 26, 2015.

Consul General Herbert Quelle and all members of the staff of the Consulate General wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

The Consul General

Consul General Herbert Quelle

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

Appointment for legal and consular matters


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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Donate for Refugees


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.

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25 years of German unity – in 2015, Germany celebrates the 25th anniversary of reunification.

The special feature on “25 years of German unity” in the issue 02/2015 of DE Magazin Deutschland and the corresponding dossier on the website do not only present background articles and interviews looking back on what has been achieved, but also and above all they focus on the present in Germany today. Prominent figures say what they associate with Germany, a reporter travels along the Elbe and explains the changes since 1990, and a walk through Berlin presents the German capital as an international laboratory of creativity.


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

App Auswärtiges AMt

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

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Hier finden Sie die deutschsprachige Version der Webseite.