As sister cities since 1996, the people of Chicago stand together stronger than ever with the people of Paris. We extend our friendship, support and solidarity with Mayor Anne Hidalgo and our friends in Paris and all of France.
In the wake of the recent tragedy in Paris, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “Tonight the City of Chicago stands shoulder to shoulder with the City of Paris in the wake of today’s despicable and horrifying attacks. For nearly 20 years Chicago and Paris have been sister cities, united by a free and rich exchange of culture. I speak for all Chicago when I say that we are saddened and sickened by what has taken place tonight and our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims, their families, and with all of the French people.” Words of condolence from other officials can be see on the Consulate General of France in Chicago’s website.
Mayor Emanuel also met with French Consul General Vincent Floreani and placed flowers at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.
Throughout Chicago, the city and its residents have shown support and solidarity for the people of its sister city of Paris. Buildings in Chicago have been lit in the colors of the French flag, including the Willis Tower, the Wrigley Building, both Prudential buildings, the Art Institute of Chicago, Wrigley Square in Millennium Park and the Merchandise Mart.