Your partner in the Midwest for the next 150 years
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Netherlands Consulate General in Chicago, established by King Willem III on March 16, 1870.
One of the oldest, continually operating diplomatic missions in the city, the Netherlands Consulate General in Chicago has seen the city burn down, rebuild, and blossom into an international economic powerhouse.
Over the last 150 years, the robust partnership between the consulate general, the city, and the people of Chicago has resulted in flourishing cultural ties and a local Dutch heritage community of more than 200,000 people. Our partnership has created billions of dollars in yearly bilateral trade and investment that supports tens of thousands of jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.
Chicago isn’t the only place we work. Our territory has grown to cover 13 states across the Midwest. From the proud, prosperous Dutch heritage communities of West Michigan and Iowa to thriving economic partnerships in places like Missouri, Ohio, and Kentucky, the Netherlands Consulate General in Chicago works to strengthen the economic, cultural, and heritage bonds between the Netherlands and the Midwest.
By commemorating our 150 years of close cooperation, we hope to lay a foundation for the Dutch-Midwest partnership of the future.