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Israeli consulate in Chicago

April 10, 2024 62 Time to read: 5 min.

The Consulate of Israel in Chicago is the official representative office of the State of Israel in the USA. It provides services to Israeli citizens and those who wish to obtain different official documents.

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    Consulate Information

    Diplomatic mission is operated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel and serves its citizens residing in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

    Map and Directions

    The Consulate is located at 330 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60654, United States. To get there, you can use public transport. The nearest metro station is LaSalle/Van Buren, on the Red Line (Red trains). From there, you need to walk about 15 minutes in the direction of the northwest.

    You can also take buses 5, 8, 11, 37, 56, 60, 147 and 151, and get off at the LaSalle / Van Buren stop. From the stop, you need to walk about 10 minutes to the northeast. In addition, you can take a taxi or use car sharing services.

    Working Days and Office Hours

    Information about the opening hours of the Israeli Consulate in Chicago may vary depending on the season and specific holidays. However, the Consulate is usually open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    It is recommended to check the up-to-date information on the official website of the embassy before visiting – https://embassies.gov.il/chicago/ContactandVisiting/Pages/Contact.aspx

    In addition to weekends, consular staff rest during Jewish and American holidays.

    Jewish Holidays:

    Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year): September 25 – October 1.

    Yom Kippur (Judgment Day): October 5

    Sukkot (Tent Festival): October 11-19

    Hanukkah (Candlelight Festival): December 19-27

    American Holidays:

    New Year’s Day: December 31 of the previous year – January 1 of the coming year.

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 16

    Presidents’ Day: February 21.

    His feast day is May 26.

    Independence Day: July 4

    Labor Day: September 6

    Christmas: December 25 of the previous year – January 1 of the current year.

    If the holidays fall on a weekend, they are postponed to the next working days.

    Services Offered

    The main services provided by the Consulate of Israel in Chicago are:

    • Processing of passports and visas.
    • Registration of births, marriages and deaths.
    • Marriage and divorce.
    • Document recovery.
    • Assistance in emergency situations.

    • Registration of property.
    • Advice on immigration issues.
    • Providing information about life in Israel.
    • Organization of excursions and activities.
    • Supporting the Jewish community.

    The process of applying for a visa or passport at the Israeli Consulate in Chicago can be complicated and time-consuming. Applicants are advised to prepare thoroughly for the application and submit all the required documents and information. To obtain a visa, call 1-866-487-3279. In a polite form, you will receive detailed information, you will also be thanked for visiting the site.

    For travelers, the diplomatic organization of Israel in Chicago can help only by visiting the Consulate in person. Keep in mind that you cannot take anything with you to the building of the diplomatic mission except documents.  The exception is baby food and nonmetal toys if you have a small child with you.

    How to behave at the consulate

    1. Prepare your visit in advance, check that you have all the necessary documents.
    2. Follow the deadlines for submitting documents.
    3. Take care of your appearance: dress neatly and discreetly, do not wear provocative clothes or accessories.
    4. Be polite and patient: consular officers will ask you questions or claim to submit additional documents. Answer their questions honestly and in detail, but don’t be nervous or annoyed. Be prepared to answer even provocative questions.
    5. Do not try to forge documents or hide information: providing false information or forged documents may result in a visa refusal or even a ban from entering the country.
    6. Keep your workplace tidy: during the interview, remove unnecessary items and documents from the desk.
    7. If you have questions about the visa process or documents, do not hesitate to ask them to the consular staff.

    Historical Insights

    The Consulate of Israel in Chicago was founded in 1952 and is one of the oldest diplomatic missions of this country in the United States. Its purpose is to provide services and assistance to Israeli citizens living in or visiting the area.

    For many years, the consulate has played an important role in supporting Israeli communities in and around Chicago.  The consulate also actively participates in educational and cultural events, organizes meetings with Israeli diplomats and representatives of various organizations. It actively cooperates with local Jewish communities, as well as with other organizations that deal with international political and security issues.

    Today, the Consulate continues its work, keeping in touch with Israeli citizens and providing them with the necessary assistance in Chicago and surrounding areas. It is also actively following developments in the region and maintains contacts with local authorities and diplomatic missions of other countries.

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