German Consulate General Chicago

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.

Regarding the current entry regulations to Germany in connection with the Corona pandemic, please consult the regularly updated information provided by the German Embassy Washington.

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Consul General Wolfgang Mössinger

Wolfgang Moessinger

At a time when certainties are being called into question, we should never forget the common values that unite us. The work of the Consulate General is guided by the desire to raise awareness of these values.

Consul General Wolfgang Mössinger

Welcome to our website!

Dear website visitors, 

From the heart of the City of Chicago, the German Consulate General provides services to the 12 states of the Midwest and Kentucky, covering a space six times the territory of Germany. Of the 70 million people living in these states, about 20 million have German roots.

This clearly shows the important role German immigrants played in the development of these states and continue to play to this day. It is my great pleasure and honor to contribute to keeping these long-standing ties between Germany and the Midwest alive and develop them further.

In a period in which many certainties of the past are brought into question, we should never forget the shared set of values that bind us together. Our work in the Consulate General will be guided by the endeavor to raise awareness of these shared values through joint projects and events.

Whether through scientific and academic exchange or through business links or through joint cultural projects or simply through long-standing personal ties: it is more than ever necessary to keep German-American relations as close and as committed as they have been. This will help to avoid misunderstandings and enhance mutual trust and renew the bond between our two peoples. It will also help us to find a common approach and common solutions to the great challenges the world faces today.

For all of you who have an interest in all questions related to Germany, the team of the Consulate General will be your first point of contact. We have the necessary expertise in legal and consular matters and can provide you with political, economic and cultural information. In 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 Institute. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Wolfgang Mössinger

Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany

676 North Michigan Avenue - Suite 3200

Chicago, IL 60611-2804

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

Please note: Due to numerous incoming inquiries, calls for passport and visa matters can only be answered on Mondays from 2 to 3 pm Central Time. Outside these hours, inquiries can be made via the contact form.







From Monday till Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Please note that an appointment is necessary for legal and consular matters at the Consulate General in Chicago. To make an appointment, please use our appointment system.

Telephone calls regarding passport and visa matters are taken according to the times listed under the bullet point “Contact” above.

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.

Please be aware of the following new regulations:

For access to the waiting area for services regarding legal and consular matters, visitors need to bring their own face masks covering nose and mouth, effective immediately. In addition, a 6-feet social distance is to be observed at all times.

In order to refrain from physical contact as much as possible, please pay the required fees either by credit card or with the exact dollar amount in cash. Please carry your own pen for signatures.

Access to the Consulate is permitted only to visitors with a prior appointment, and companions are only permitted for minors or people with disabilities.

Please be punctual and arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment as we are trying to avoid crowding the waiting area.

Passports cannot currently get picked up personally at the Consulate, they have to be sent out by mail and will incur a fee. If you wish to keep your old passport once you receive the new passport by mail, please make sure to send us your old passport once you receive the new one.

Thank you for your understanding and stay healthy!


By appointment only

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


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, compensation matters and life certificates

By Appointment only

Or schedule via our contact form.

January 1

New Years Day

January 18

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

March 8International Women's Day

April 2

Good Friday

April 5

Easter Monday

May 24


May 31

Memorial Day

July 5

Independence Day (July 4)

September 6

Labor Day

October 3

Day of German Unity

November 25


December 25 + 26


How to Reach the Emergency Service

Please note that the emergency service offers assistance only to German citizens needing immediate assistance or if you are calling on behalf of a German citizen who requires immediate assistance. It does not have access to files and can neither provide information on the status of passport or visa applications nor answer general inquiries.

In case of an emergency involving a German citizen please call +1-202-298-4000.

Please note that the emergency service does not have access to files and cannot provide information on the status of passport or visa applications.

Lost or Stolen Credit Cards

If your credit or debit cards are lost or stolen, please have them reported to the issuing credit card company or bank.

American Express+1-800-528-4800

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