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German Consulate General Chicago

Your First Address for Germany in the Midwest

Chicago Cloud Gate

The Consulate General's area of jurisdiction consists of the states Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Consul General Herbert Quelle

Consul General Herbert Quelle
» One of our tasks is to maintain and strengthen the awareness of the positive, creative influences German immigrants had in the so-called "German immigration triangle" between Cincinnati, St. Louis and Milwaukee. « Consul General Herbert Quelle

Welcome to our new website!

Dear website visitors,

Since 2006 the sculpture "The Bean,” created by Sir Anish Kapoor, has been one of the landmarks of Chicago, this great American city. From our offices here we provide services to 13 states in the Midwest with 70 million inhabitants, including 20 million with German roots. The massive size of the consular district (about six times the size of Germany) requires us to travel intensively.

We have chosen the "Bean" as our cover photo because its surface is a wonderful reflection of Chicago's dynamism and vitality. Furthermore, its form somehow symbolizes for me American immigration history, in which Germans played a significant role from the middle of the nineteenth century onwards. One of our tasks is to maintain and strengthen the awareness of the positive, creative influences these immigrants had in the so-called "German immigration triangle" between Cincinnati, St. Louis and Milwaukee.

It gives me great pride and joy to be, along with my team, your first point of contact in the region for all questions related to Germany. We have the necessary expertise in legal and consular matters and can provide you with political, economic and cultural information. In the case we cannot help, we know who can. This might be our embassy in Washington, an Honorary Consul near you, the German American Chamber of Commerce or the Goethe Institut.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Herbert Quelle

Address, Hours, Official Closures, Appointments

Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany

676 North Michigan Avenue - Suite 3200

Chicago, IL 60611-2804


Click here for a map showing the Consulate's Location.

The Consulate can be reached by almost all bus lines which head to Downtown Chicago as well as by subway (Red Line). The nearest Red Line stations are Chicago and Grand. The entrance is on East Huron Street.
Parking facilites are available on West Huron Street, 2 blocks west from the Consulate's building.

The Consulate General remains closed on specific German and American Holidays. For details, please see the list below.

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

Pension and compensation issues can still be processed from Monday through Friday between 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. without setting up an appointment in advance.

See the overview below for details on making an appointment.

Telephone calls regarding passport and visa matters are taken Monday and Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Calls regarding passport and visa matters cannot be taken outside of this time window.

Due to the high volume of incoming e-mails, we are only able to reply to those inquiries for which the answer cannot be found on Germany.info. Thus we ask that you please consult the information offered on the website before writing us. Thank you for your understanding.

Please note: Due to space restrictions, it is only possible for people to enter the Consulate General if their personal presence is necessary for the application. We also ask that you do not bring any luggage or other bulky objects with you to your appointment, as it is not possible for these to be stored.

Visa

By appointment only

Information about the necessary documents to be submitted can be found here.

Passport

By appointment only

Information about the necessary documents to be submitted can be found here.

Signature certification, notarization of photocopies, certification of driver's license

By appointment only

Information about the notarization of signatures and other documents can be found here.

Citizenship matters

By appointment only

Information about German citizenship can be found here.

Full notarizations ("Beurkundungen")

By individual appointment only.

To make an appointment for a notarization, please use the contact form.

Information about notarizations can be found here.

Pension and compensation issues

No appointment necessary.

Open hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. More Information here.


January 1

New Years Day

January 15

Martin Luther King Day

March 30

Good Friday

April 2

Easter Monday

May 21

Pentecost

May 28

Memorial Day

July 4

Independence Day

September 3

Labor Day

October 3

Day of German Unity

November 22

Thanksgiving Day

December 25

Christmas Day

December 26

Boxing Day

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.

Pension and compensation issues can still be processed from Monday through Friday between 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. without setting up an appointment in advance.

Please note: Due to space restrictions, it is only possible for people to enter the Consulate General if their personal presence is necessary for the application. We also ask that you do not bring any luggage or other bulky objects with you to your appointment, as it is not possible for these to be stored.

Please direct all inquiries, including regarding visa, passport, and legal, administrative, economic, and cultural matters to us via our contact form.

Due to the high volume of appointments, operators for telephone calls regarding passport and legal matters are available only Monday and Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Calls regarding passport and visa matters can NOT be taken outside of this time window.

Legal- and visa-related inquiries can be addressed via the above contact form during all weekly hours.

Phone:

+1-312-202-0480

Fax:

+1-312-202-0466

+11-49-30-1817-67216