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Happy Hanukkah from the German Consulate General in Chicago🕎
12/07/2023

Happy Hanukkah from the German Consulate General in Chicago🕎

The Menorah at the Brandenburger Gate has been lit. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, President of the C...
12/07/2023

The Menorah at the Brandenburger Gate has been lit. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, President of the Chabad Jewish Education Centre in Berlin lit the first candle together.
Chag sameach!

Congratulations! 🇩🇪⚽ U-17 Soccer Team won their first World Cup title! And not only that, but earlier this year, they al...
12/07/2023

Congratulations! 🇩🇪⚽ U-17 Soccer Team won their first World Cup title! And not only that, but earlier this year, they already took the U-17 European Cup title. Double congrats🥳🥳

State Secretary and Special Envoy for International Climate Action Jennifer Morgan reports from   :Today marks a milesto...
12/06/2023

State Secretary and Special Envoy for International Climate Action Jennifer Morgan reports from :
Today marks a milestone for 🇩🇪's global ! Cabinet approved the Climate Foreign Policy Strategy, setting out key priorities for tackling the & strengthening coherence across ministries. This is how we commit to 1.5C.

At the    in Chicago, Consul General Michael Ahrens presented the German-American Friendship Award to Dr. Karl Otto, Pro...
12/06/2023

At the in Chicago, Consul General Michael Ahrens presented the German-American Friendship Award to Dr. Karl Otto, Professor of Germanics (Emeritus), University of Pennsylvania for his impressive work of more than 60 years on German language and culture.
Congratulations, Dr. Otto!

What was in your boot this morning?🥾🍊🍎🫘Happy Saint Niklas Day🎅
12/06/2023

What was in your boot this morning?🥾🍊🍎🫘
Happy Saint Niklas Day🎅

Consul General Ahrens was honored to meet with Governor Tim Walz of   yesterday. Germany is number 2 for job creation by...
12/05/2023

Consul General Ahrens was honored to meet with Governor Tim Walz of
yesterday. Germany is number 2 for job creation by foreign-owned affiliates in Minnesota. They discussed opportunities to further enhance ties between Germany and Minnesota.
Global Minnesota

Get ready - tralalalala - bald ist Nikolaus-Abend da (Saint Niklas eve is coming)!🎅🏻
12/05/2023

Get ready - tralalalala - bald ist Nikolaus-Abend da (Saint Niklas eve is coming)!
🎅🏻

Winter wonderland in 🇩🇪This past weekend, many parts of Germany were covered under a heavy blanket of snow - a beautiful...
12/04/2023

Winter wonderland in 🇩🇪
This past weekend, many parts of Germany were covered under a heavy blanket of snow - a beautiful sight for the first Advent, and many took advantage of the snow by taking a walk, going sledding or visiting a Christmas market. Travel, however, was a different matter as airports and many railroad tracks had to be closed for the day⛄️

Christkindlmarkt Master Maria showing a German delegation the authentic Carmel Christkindlmarkt  in IN. Many vendors and...
12/04/2023

Christkindlmarkt Master Maria showing a German delegation the authentic Carmel Christkindlmarkt in IN. Many vendors and craftspeople are coming from Germany. Carmel recently concluded a sister city agreement with Seiffen im Erzgebirge.

It's   🍪Oh yes, we love those chocolate chip cookies throughout the year😋And now...all these delectable Christmas cookie...
12/04/2023

It's 🍪
Oh yes, we love those chocolate chip cookies throughout the year😋
And now...all these delectable Christmas cookies..!

Advent, Advent, ein Lichtlein brennt... 🕯Happy First Advent
12/03/2023

Advent, Advent, ein Lichtlein brennt... 🕯
Happy First Advent

  Markets - there are so many of them🎅🤶 - more than 2,500 actually. Nuremberg, Dresden, Munich - these are the most famo...
12/02/2023

Markets - there are so many of them🎅🤶 - more than 2,500 actually. Nuremberg, Dresden, Munich - these are the most famous ones. Philipp from the German Consulate in Chicago maintains that Heinzels Wintermärchen in his hometown Cologne has a most unique atmosphere: The Heinzelmännchen von Köln (little elves who didn't stay on shelves), according to lore, used to come at night and fix all the work so that the good men and women of Cologne would wake up to their finished work in the morning. But, alas, they just had it too good and became nosy. When an inquiring person scattered dried peas all over the house, the heinzel men tripped and fell and thus were never seen again. Hence the good citizens of Cologne had to do all the work by themselves. For the Winter Fairy Tale Market, however, they make another appearance, if only in the form of little whimsical statues. And the visitors delight in the historical costumes of the stall vendors or go skating on the open-air ice rink.

Today is the 35th   The UN Secretary General António Guterres' message: "We can - and must - end AIDS as a public health...
12/01/2023

Today is the 35th
The UN Secretary General António Guterres' message: "We can - and must - end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. reaching this goal means heeding this year's theme: Let Communities Lead."

December 1 - ready for the Advent calendar which over the years has evolved into so many different forms🎄Meant as a "cou...
12/01/2023

December 1 - ready for the Advent calendar which over the years has evolved into so many different forms🎄
Meant as a "countdown to Christmas" for children who eagerly awaited the holiday, the "Christmas clock" and the Christmas calendar became a Lutheran custom in the late 19th century in Germany from where it eventually spread around the world. Traditionally, each numbered door opens to an image, a chocolaty surprise - or both. Anticipation is so much sweeter.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer - known as s*x therapist "Dr. Ruth" - has a new job: As the New York Times reported, she decided at ...
11/30/2023

Dr. Ruth Westheimer - known as s*x therapist "Dr. Ruth" - has a new job: As the New York Times reported, she decided at age 95 that the epidemic of loneliness needed to be addressed and was promptly named New York's Loneliness Ambassador. And Dr. Westheimer, who was born Karola Ruth Siegel to an Orthodox Jewish couple in the German town of Wiesenfeld near Frankfurt, knows about loneliness. She was 10 years old when she was put on a train as part of the Kindertransport of Jewish children seeking refuge from the N***s. Her journey took her first to Switzerland, then to Haifa, and eventually to the U.S. where she made a new life for herself. She never saw her family again. And now, she is embarking on the new task she set for herself: Helping people form meaningful connections to combat loneliness.

Good Morning(pictured: Auerberg, Bavaria)
11/29/2023

Good Morning
(pictured: Auerberg, Bavaria)

Stollen - the quintessential German Christmas cake😋The Dresden stollen is one of the most famous, but there are so many ...
11/29/2023

Stollen - the quintessential German Christmas cake😋
The Dresden stollen is one of the most famous, but there are so many variations throughout Germany. 25 master bakers from Saxony participated at the Stollen Festival in Blockhausen where they put together a 40 meter (130+ feet) long stollen for a taste comparison. Recommended for home trials as well (perhaps not quite on this scale...)😊

Okay, it's   but: It's also Christkindl Market time! Bundling up, getting out there and strolling around with some Glühw...
11/27/2023

Okay, it's but: It's also Christkindl Market time! Bundling up, getting out there and strolling around with some Glühwein (mulled spiced wine) - nothing beats that!
There are so many Christmas markets in 🇩🇪 - in fact, there are about 2,500!!
They all have their regional specialties and crafts, and most of all, their own distinct atmosphere. We have some favorite ones which we will share with you🎅🤶

Is it time for Christmas cookie baking yet? Oh yes!The many spices in Christmas cookies make them even better after they...
11/26/2023

Is it time for Christmas cookie baking yet? Oh yes!
The many spices in Christmas cookies make them even better after they have been sitting in the tins for a good while. If they last this long...😄

11/25/2023

Today, November 25 is
It is the first day of an annual campaign supported by the United Nations of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. This year, the theme of the campaign is "UNESCO says NO to violence against women".

Time for Christkindl Markets🤶🎅Can't travel to 🇩🇪 ?Many communities in the Midwest have picked up the tradition and have ...
11/25/2023

Time for Christkindl Markets🤶🎅
Can't travel to 🇩🇪 ?
Many communities in the Midwest have picked up the tradition and have their own German-style Christmas markets.
So many places, each with its own unique atmosphere🎄 Here's a list:
Illinois:
Christkindlmarket Chicago on Daley Plaza:
https://www.christkindlmarket.com/daleyplaza/

Christkindlmarket Chicago in Wrigleyville:
https://www.christkindlmarket.com/wrigleyville/

Christkindlmarket Aurora:
https://www.christkindlmarket.com/aurora/

Belleville Christkindlmarkt
https://www.bellevillechristkindlmarkt.com/

Indiana:
Carmel Christkindlmarkt:
https://www.carmelchristkindlmarkt.com/

Iowa:
Christkindlmarket Des Moines:
https://christkindlmarketdsm.com/

Christkindlmarkt Davenport at the &M :
https://gahc.org/events/christkindlmarkt/

Michigan:
Christkindlmarkt in Frankenmuth:
https://www.frankenmuth.org/events/frankenmuth-christkindlmarkt/

Kindlefest in Kerrytown:
https://kerrytowndistrict.org/kindlefest

Minnesota:
European Christmas Market in St. Paul:
https://stpaulchristmasmarket.org/

Christkindlsmarkt in Excelsior:
https://www.excelsiorchristmas.com/

Missouri:
Christkindl Market in Rolla:
https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/missouri/christmas-washington-mo/

Nebraska:
Omaha Holiday Market:
https://omahafarmersmarket.com/holiday-market/

Ohio:
Christkindlmarkt in Hudson:
https://www.hudson-landsberg.com/

Wisconsin:
German Christmas Market in Oconomowoc:
https://germanchristmasmarket.org/

"Nichts ist schwerer zu ertragen als eine Reihe von guten Tagen."(Nothing is harder to endure than a series of good days...
11/24/2023

"Nichts ist schwerer zu ertragen als eine Reihe von guten Tagen."
(Nothing is harder to endure than a series of good days.)
The saying, paraphrased from a Goethe poem, may be applicable after all the Thanksgiving leftovers have been finished. Take a break with a one-pot-meal. For Germans, depending on the region, that may mean a Maultaschensuppe (Swabian dumpling soup), Erbsensuppe (hearty pea soup), Soljanka or many other soups.
Guten Appetit🍲

Happy Thanksgiving 🦃 from all of us at the German Consulate General in Chicago
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving 🦃 from all of us at the German Consulate General in Chicago

"Unser Sandmännchen" ("Our Sandman") appeared for the first time 64 years ago, on November 22, 1959 on East German telev...
11/22/2023

"Unser Sandmännchen" ("Our Sandman") appeared for the first time 64 years ago, on November 22, 1959 on East German television. The sandman character was based on a Hans Christian Andersen tale which was re-created by puppeteer Gerhard Behrend who sent the beloved little guy on adventures, and signing off to his audience every night with the words:
"Kinder, liebe Kinder, das hat mir Spass gemacht.
Nun schnell ins Bett und schlaft recht schön.
Dann will auch ich zur Ruhe gehn. Ich wünsch' euch gute Nacht."
"Children, dear children, that was fun.
Now, quick, to bed and sleep tight.
Then I will also go and rest. I wish you a good night."

This week, attorney Katja Garvey had the opportunity to meet with the Director of the Ohio Department of Development, Ly...
11/21/2023

This week, attorney Katja Garvey had the opportunity to meet with the Director of the Ohio Department of Development, Lydia Mihalik. They discussed Katja's new role as Honorary Consul to the Federal Republic of Germany and how they might work together in the future to promote Ohio's communities and economic opportunities to German, U.S. and other international businesses seeking to establish, grow and innovate in the region.

The cold season needs comfort food - and what could be better than chocolate😋The endless varieties beg to be tried... Ri...
11/21/2023

The cold season needs comfort food - and what could be better than chocolate😋
The endless varieties beg to be tried... Ritter Sport is one of the famous German chocolate brands. The company was founded in 1912 and is still headquartered in the town of Waldenbuch, Baden-Württemberg. In 2013, Ritter Sport was certified for its "sustainable economic food standard" by the Center for Sustainable Management (ZNU) and has committed to becoming entirely climate neutral including all elements and aspects of its supply chain by 2025.

Consul Jan Münch and other members of the German-American community of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo / Michigan presenting ...
11/20/2023

Consul Jan Münch and other members of the German-American community of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo / Michigan presenting wreaths at the graves of German Prisoners of War at Fort Custer National Cemetery during a commemoration of Volkstrauertag (German Memorial Day).


The Ruhr region, located in North Rhine-Westphalia and home to 5.1 million people,  was originally shaped by the coal mi...
11/20/2023

The Ruhr region, located in North Rhine-Westphalia and home to 5.1 million people, was originally shaped by the coal mining and steel industry. Anyone visiting the region once defined by its smoking coal chimneys will be surprised to see how green the Ruhr area is today. A study conducted for the Ruhr Regional Association by the Wuppertal Institute in 2021 concluded that the region has the potential to become a global role model. The Institute’s scientific director, Manfred Fischedick, described the aim as follows: “If the Ruhr metropolis implements the transformation process in an ambitious and goal-oriented way, it could become an exemplary model region for numerous industrial conurbations worldwide – with a climate-neutral steel industry, extensively re-naturalized water bodies and a strong environmental economy."
(deutschland.de)

Vulkaneifel - the Volcanic Eifel area in northwestern Rhineland-Palatinate was first active around 45 to 35 million year...
11/19/2023

Vulkaneifel - the Volcanic Eifel area in northwestern Rhineland-Palatinate was first active around 45 to 35 million years ago and had its most recent eruption 10,900 years ago. The earth beneath the area, however, is still in motion: In fact, the surface area uplifts by one millimeter each year. The area has attracted geoscientists for more than 200 years, and in 2015, it became a designated UNESCO Global Geopark. Ongoing research in the sediments today offers a view back to some 130,000 years ago. Vulkaneifel is the most important climate archive for Middle Europe. Similarly, fossils found in the 43-million-years-old sediments of Eckfeld Maar are of worldwide importance, since they contain an archetypal horse and the oldest known honey bee. The area is definitely worth a visit: Five museums and about 350 marked and described geological outcrops present the geology and guide visitors through the fascinating landscape. The Benedictine Abbey Maria Laach is a picturesque monastery which was built in the 11th and 12th centuries and is considered a prime example of Romanesque architecture of the Staufen period.

Getting ready for Thanksgiving: There's the traditional 🦃 in the US but the side dishes are equally important. Potatoes,...
11/18/2023

Getting ready for Thanksgiving: There's the traditional 🦃 in the US but the side dishes are equally important. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams 😋 We, to be honest, are partial to dumplings for which we have many names: Knödel, Klösse, Klopse - and there are so many varieties: Semmelknödel, Speckknödel, Spinatknödel, Kartoffelknödel, Serviettenknödel...
Can't wait for the feast😀

Today is   We at the Consulate General in Chicago certainly can attest to the incredible experiences from studying and l...
11/17/2023

Today is
We at the Consulate General in Chicago certainly can attest to the incredible experiences from studying and living abroad. And we recommend: Consider studying in 🇩🇪
Here you find more info:
👉 How much German do you really have to know?
👉 How can you get financial support?
👉 Where can you find low-cost student living?
👉 Which programs are available where?
Check it out:
https://www.deutschland.de/en/topic/knowledge/studying-in-germany-seven-tips-to-get-you-started

Starting careers with no college debt, a degree, a career path, contributing with meaningful work, and a world of possib...
11/16/2023

Starting careers with no college debt, a degree, a career path, contributing with meaningful work, and a world of possibilities! Sounds too good to be true? It’s not! With the ICATT und MAT2 apprenticeship programs and German style dual education - to find out more:
https://www.gaccmidwest.org/services/duale-ausbildung-in-den-usa

St. Martin came to Chicago too at the German International School ChicagoOur kids and we loved it🏮
11/16/2023

St. Martin came to Chicago too at the German International School Chicago
Our kids and we loved it🏮

The German Embassy in Washington, D.C. teamed up with Street Art for Mankind (SAM) and German artist Hera to create a mu...
11/16/2023

The German Embassy in Washington, D.C. teamed up with Street Art for Mankind (SAM) and German artist Hera to create a mural in the Mount Vernon Triangle district of Washington, D.C.

Sprechen sie Deutsch? Oh ja! They do indeed!Equanimeous St-Brown  of the Chicago Bears and his brother -Ra St. Brown of ...
11/15/2023

Sprechen sie Deutsch? Oh ja! They do indeed!
Equanimeous St-Brown of the Chicago Bears and his brother -Ra St. Brown of the Detroit Lions were raised by their dad John St. Brown from California and their mom Miriam St. Brown from Leverkusen 🇩🇪 to speak German, French and English fluently. A trilingual family 🇩🇪 - 🇫🇷 - 🇺🇸

German Foreign Minister Baerbock said during her recent visit to Israel: "It's very clear - Israel must fight Hamas. The...
11/14/2023

German Foreign Minister Baerbock said during her recent visit to Israel: "It's very clear - Israel must fight Hamas. There must be no further danger of terror coming from the Gaza Strip. But there must also be no expulsion from Gaza, no occupation, and no territorial reduction of Gaza."

Check out Goethe-Institut's Career Bridge program:https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/spr/unt/efd/cab.html?wt_sc=us-careerbr...
11/14/2023

Check out Goethe-Institut's Career Bridge program:
https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/spr/unt/efd/cab.html?wt_sc=us-careerbridge

It's Apprenticeship Week!
The participants of the Goethe-Institut's Career Bridge program are currently in Berlin, Germany, embarking on an immersive journey! 🌍🛠️ These (community) college students, enrolled in engineering studies in the U.S., are gaining practical insights with support from our partners and the Goethe-Institut. 🤝 The program includes daily German lessons, company visits, and of course, some sightseeing in Berlin! 🏗️🏛️ It's more than a trip—it's a deep dive into German professional life and culture. Follow their journey as they broaden their horizons! Visit our website to learn more about the Career Bridge program and stay tuned for more impressions from this extraordinary experience.
Want to learn more about the Career Bridge program: goethe.de/us-careerbridge

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