China Consulate in Chicago, USA

 Visa Application Form of PRC
  Detail Procedure for Application
  (How to Apply - Processing Time - Visa FeesPick-up, etc)
  For Children Born in USA with Chinese Descent Going to China

Consul General: Mr. Zhao Weiping
Address: 100 West Erie Street, Chicago, IL60654, USA
Tel: +1-312-8030095
Fax: +1-312-8030110 
Office Hours: 09:00-12:00, 13:00-16:30, Monday-Friday (except holidays)


Consular Office of Chinese Consulate in Chicago

 (for visa, passport, notarization & authentication)
Address: 1 East Erie Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL60611, USA
Tel: +1-312-4530210
Fax: +1-312-4530211
Office Hours: 09:00-12:00, 13:00-14:30, Monday-Friday (except holidays)

  Consular Districts: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin

Fees and Processing Time

1. For American citizens, fee for individual is US$140 (regardless of the number of entries), and US$120 per person for Group Visa application;
2. Regular service for processing is 4 working days from the date of submitting the application. In addition, Expedited Service (2-3 working days) and Rush Service (1 working day) are available for visa processing. The extra service fees of US$20 and US$30 remain unchanged.
Note: In case of extreme emergency, applicants can use the Rush Service upon the consular officer's approval. If the application is submitted to the office before 11:00, it could be picked up on the same day.
3. Please pick up passport by submitting the pickup form. No passports can be released without this form.
4. No mailing services available.
5. The consular office does not accept cash, personal check or online payment. For personal pick up, only Credit Card (Master/Visa Card), Money Order, Cashier's Check or company check are acceptable. Please make checks and money order payable to "Chinese Consulate in Chicago". 

2020 Holiday Schedule

Festivals Date Day
New Year's Day January 1 Wednesday
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr January 20 Monday
Chinese New Year January 27 & 28 Monday & Tuesday
Qingming Festival April 6 Monday
Labor Day May 1 Friday
Memorial Day May 25 Monday
Independence Day July 3 Friday
US Labor Day September 7 Monday
Chinese National Day & Mid-Autumn Festival October 1 - 2 Thursday & Friday
Thanksgiving Day November 26 & 27 Thursday & Friday
Christmas Day December 25 Friday

Map of the Consulate in Chicago


Take I-90 or I-94 expressway, exit at Ohio Street (50B), walk straight to La Salle Street and then turn left, go ahead to the second traffic light and turn right to Erie Street. The consulate is on your left hand. 

If you take Lake Shore Drive, exit at Chicago Street, walk straight to La Salle Street and then turn left, go ahead to the third traffic light and turn left to Erie Street. You will see the consulate is on your left hand.

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- Last modified on Sep. 04, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China Consulate in Chicago
Asked by Leila Ivey from UNITED STATES | Sep. 21, 2020 08:41Reply
Visa Application

I have all of my paperwork needed to apply for my visa (including my PU letter). However, it's been weeks since I've heard back from the embassy to apply for my visa. I emailed and attached all of my necessary paperwork, and still radio silence. There's no other way to get a hold of the embassy. Please advise as I need to return back right away to secure my job.
Answers (4)
Answered by Emily | Sep. 24, 2020 00:56

You have to wait patiently. The consular officers may issue visa cautiously now because of the epidemic situation.
Answered by USA | Sep. 24, 2020 01:37

Thanks for your response.... but that doesn’t make sense. All of the other embassies in different regions are responding to everyone. It’s radio silence from them. Also, I have a PU letter. There’s no excuse for them not to get back to people applying for a visa.
Answered by Bnhugh | Sep. 29, 2020 15:15

We are in the same situation. I was wondering if our email had gotten lost but I see it is happening to many others as well.
Answered by Tm | Oct. 24, 2020 16:06

Did you get your visa?
Asked by Lucas from UNITED STATES | Sep. 15, 2020 10:51Reply
Obtain Chinese Travel Visas for US Company
I work for a company that does a lot of business inside China. We are trying to get a team of representatives to visit a factory in China before the end of the year. Is this even possible amidst the current situation? Who can I contact to begin the process?

Thank you very much for your response.
Answers (2)
Answered by Serena | Sep. 21, 2020 00:02

Lucas, if you are in emergent cases, you can ask your business partner to try to get you a PU or TE invitation letter, and then apply for a business visa at the Chinese embassy.
Answered by Leila | Sep. 22, 2020 14:01

I've done that. I've attached my PU letter along with the necessary paperwork for my visa application. However, the Chicago Embassy still isn't getting back to anyone.

Please advise
Asked by Yihang Ma from CHINA | Sep. 04, 2020 12:08Reply
Passport expiring.
Hello. I am an International Student holding J1 Visa,but my passport is expiring in December. How can I renew it?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jeremy | Sep. 09, 2020 20:16

First, you need to make an online appointment on the website of the Chinese consulate in Chicago. Then collect all necessary documents and go to the consulate to submit your application.
Asked by Brad stein from USA | Jul. 13, 2020 00:24Reply
Procedure for new M visa to china
I have a M visa (10 year) that expires in 2029 and my customer is asking for our team to come to China soon. I understand I have to get new visa / what is procedure, is it listed on any website, is the Chicago consulate taking applications at this time? Some team members got theirs through Houston.
Answers (1)
Answered by Helen from USA | Jul. 16, 2020 00:14

Brad, I guess you are referring to the special visa during the pandemic period. Actually the government does not disclose the procedures to get this visa. You may contact the embassy to know about this.
Asked by Derek from UNITED STATES | Jun. 29, 2020 12:01Reply
About visa during pandemic
I have my working permit.
Stuck in the US during the pandemic.
I get my special invention (special enter letter from Chinese government) from my working company in Hangzhou yesterday.
What is my Next step?
Cannot talk with somebody by phones numbers, no answer...
Answers (1)
Answered by Peter from USA | Jul. 02, 2020 00:59

You can do a virus test and if the result is negative, take a flight to China.
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