From March 12–15, the Lucerne Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International hosted Lucerne Mayor Stefan Roth and the 50-member Noggeler Guuggenmusig Luzern (“The Noggeler”) carnival band.
To welcome them to Chicago, the Lucerne Committee hosted the Swiss Noggeler Soirée, a welcome reception on the 99th floor of the Willis Tower, on March 12. Over 200 people attended to welcome Mayor Roth and see a performance of the Noggeler. A raffle was held with a grand prize of a luxury trip to Switzerland (won by Natacha Doyle), a dinner for four at Chicago Cut and four tickets to a Blackhawks game (won by Robert Wislow) and a stay at the Chicago Peninsula Hotel (won by Jack Donohew).
Mayor Roth attended a number of meetings focusing on further strengthening the Chicago-Lucerne sister city relationship, including with representatives from the Harris Theater, the Chicago Blues Festival Meeting, the Lucerne Committee of CSCI, representatives from 1871 and a meeting with Chicago Deputy Mayor Steve Koch. He also visited the Lucerne-Chicago Artist Studio and attended a business luncheon with the Swiss American Business Council, World Business Chicago and the Honorary Consul General of Switzerland.
The Noggeler performed at a number of events and marched with Mayor Roth in both Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parades. In addition, they performed at Harry Caray’s, the Swiss Noggeler Soirée, Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub, the French Market, Ovie Bar & Grill and Water Tower Place.