CSCI Seeks International Program Associate

International Program Associate Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) is seeking an International Program Associate. The Associate furthers CSCI’s mission to promote Chicago as a global city, develop international partnerships and networks, and share best practices on a city-to-city basis. The role of the International Program Associate is to provide logistical and administrative support to program…

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CCSCI Hosts First Annual Membership Reception, Celebrating Citizen Diplomacy

  Chicago Sister Cities International and World Business Chicago hosted their first annual reception, Celebrating Citizen Diplomacy, on Thursday, April 6 at the Chicago History Museum. The reception recognized the impact of more than 600 volunteers and citizen diplomats who work tirelessly to promote global peace and understanding. More than 200 guests attended the annual…

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Chicago Leads Global Conversation Around Urban Waterways

  Chicago is continuing to lead the global conversation around the use of waterways in urban centers. On March 12 and 13, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo convened 17 mayors spanning five continents, 11 countries and who represent 44 million people for the Urban Waterways Forum in Chicago. The event, co-hosted by…

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Six Sister City Mayors Attend Urban Waterways Forum

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo convened 17 mayors spanning five continents, 11 countries and who represent 44 million people for the Urban Waterways Forum in Chicago. The event, co-hosted by World Business Chicago and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, was designed to foster an international conversation about the future of urban…

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20th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Chicago Sister Cities International is proud to once again be a promotional partner of the 20th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center from March 3-30, 2017. The largest festival in the nation showcasing films of the European Union nations, this anniversary festival presents Chicago premieres of 62 new feature films…

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Chicago-Hamburg School Exchange Continues

Sullivan High school has an ongoing exchange with Altona Gymnasium in Hamburg that is supported by the Hamburg Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International. Nine students and teachers visited Hamburg in October 2017 for two weeks. Ten students from Altona visited their Sullivan counterparts in Chicago. While in Hamburg, Chicago students not only visited various…

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Chicago-Hamburg Marathon Connection Recognized

On December 13, U.S. Consul General in Hamburg Richard T. Yeneoka hosted an event to celebrate the marathon connection between Chicago and Hamburg. Since 2002, over 400 runners from Hamburg have participated in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon by using the runner exchange program of the Support Group Hamburg Chicago, staying for a week…

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Colombian Ambassador Visits Chicago

Colombian Ambassador to the United States Juan Carlos Pinzón made his first official visit to Chicago on December 14 and 15. During his visit, he met with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, toured 1871 and met with the Bogota Committee of CSCI to discuss future collaborations between Chicago and Bogota. Read Ambassador Pinzón’s opinion piece in Crain’s Chicago Business…

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2016 Chicago Consular Corps Gala

World Business Chicago and Chicago Sister Cities International hosted the annual Chicago Consular Corps Gala: “A Tribute to Our Global Partners” on the evening of Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Avenue). Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Amy Rule, and the Dean of the Chicago Consular Corps, Patricia Maza-Pittsford and Phillip…

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Paris Committee Co-Chair Brett August Receives 2016 Chicago Sister Cities International Volunteer of the Year Award

Brett A. August, Co-Chair of the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI), was awarded the Third Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Volunteer of the Year Award. Brett was selected by CSCI for his work over the past year, including leading the ten-day 20th anniversary celebration of the Chicago-Paris sister city relationship in October…

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Chicago Delegation Visits Mexico City for 25th Anniversary

World Business Chicago and Chicago Sister Cities International traveled to Mexico City with a small delegation from September 28-30, 2016 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Mexico City. The Chicago delegation was led by The Honorable William Daley, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Sam Scott, Chairman of…

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Polish Heritage Month Breakfast

The Warsaw Committee of CSCI once again hosted their annual Polish Heritage Month Breakfast for leaders of the Polish American Community in Chicago, with special guest Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Mayor Emanuel spoke about the importance of the immigrant community in Chicago and how they have made Chicago the thriving international city it is today. He…

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Hamburg Police Delegation Visits Chicago

Six police officers from Hamburg were hosted by the Chicago Police Department over the weekend of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The officers ran the marathon and took part in a CPD-arranged Chicago-Hamburg Service Day. CPD Lt. Michael Casey generously managed the visit of the Hamburg officers. Lt. Casey picked up the Hamburg police…

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Paris/Chicago – Film retrospective 2016-2017

The City of Lights and the Windy City come together at the Alliance Francaise de Chicago for their Film Retrospective 2016-17 as they highlight the 20th anniversary of sister cities Chicago and Paris. Join guest speakers from both sides of the ocean as they show the Paris they love. Discover Chicago filmmakers with a selection of…

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Sister City Exchange Addresses Elder Services in Shanghai, Chicago

A delegation of social services professionals from the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau visited Chicago from August 1-6, 2016, for an immersive look into Chicago’s aging policies and programs. This third annual exchange follows a delegation from Shanghai visiting Chicago in 2014, and a delegation from Chicago visiting Shanghai in 2015. The 2016 program focused specifically…

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Galway Mayoral Delegation Visits Chicago

The Galway Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International was once again honored to welcome the Spirit of Galway delegation to Chicago from August 14–18, led by Sean Kyne, Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources, and Ms. Avril Horan and Cllr. Noel Larkin, Mayor of Galway City and Mrs. Margaret Larkin. They were joined…

CSCI Discount for Select Films at the Gene Siskel Film Center

Members and supporters of CSCI are able to receive a discount on select films at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Tickets are $7 (instead of $11) with the code “Chicago Sister Cities.” The discount is only applicable for in-person purchase at the box office. Below are sister cities of interest and films to which they correspond….

Chicago-Paris Education Exchanges

The years 2015 and 2016 have been wonderful years for school exchanges between Chicago and Paris. Schools have shared ideas via emails, postcards, and Skype for some time now, and have had the chance to cross the Atlantic and meet in person. These exchanges are based on a common educational project chosen by the teachers…

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Galway Committee Co-Chair Receives Honor from County of Cork, Ireland

Co-Chair of the Galway Committee of CSCI Bill Gainer was honored at a civic reception held in his honor on Monday, May 23, hosted by Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr John Paul O’Shea. Galway Mayor Frank Fahy was also in attendance and thanked Mr. Gainer and complemented his unwavering work with the Irish…