In order to curb the spread of the corona virus and protect our audience and the people we directly work with the Goethe-Institut Team is currently working from home. We are happy to connect with you during this challenging time. 

  • LANGUAGE COURSES: All our language courses are offered online. We are happy to help finding the right one for you, please reach out to: Germancourses-chicago@goethe.de
  • EXAMS: All examinations have been cancelled until further notice! As soon as we are able to hold online or in person exams we will update our website. Please contact us for more information: Germancourses-chicago@goethe.de
  • EVENTS: We are exploring alternative formats during this extraordinary time - check out our events calendar and digital offers.
In the meantime, we thank you for your understanding and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at​ info-chicago@goethe.de

Check back here or on our social media channels for the most up-to-date information. Please look after yourselves and each other. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange.


Reflections on a post-corona-time
DAY-AFTERTHOUGHTS- Reflexionen für eine Post-Corona-Zeit

A virus is showing us how globally networked and yet how fragile our public life is. What does the pandemic mean to and for each of us and for society as a whole?

Here are some responses from intellectuals and artists around the world with regard to our present predicament and what lies in store for us afterwards.

The title Kulturama.digital is shown against a blue-white-orange background including the following objects: glasses, an eye and a mouth. Illustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

International Livestreams

Kulturama brings international culture into your living room: house concerts live from Buenos Aires, puppet theatre from the kitchen or live acts from the Berlin club scene. Organisers enter their events and open them to international audiences. Spectators can find dates and support artists with donations. Together and in solidarity through this time.

Shaping the Past / Gestaltung der Vergangenheit Photo: © Ada Pinkston

Movements to remember through reflection
Shaping the Past

How does the past take shape? What happens in the process of coming to terms with the past? What social repercussions are associated with the rooting of history in monuments and memorials? Shaping the Past connects memory workers across Canada, Mexiko, the U.S., and Germany who have piloted new approaches to shape the past in their own local contexts.