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Sister Cities Mayors and Leaders Visit Chicago

Mayors and government leaders from Chicago’s sister cities are currently in Chicago as part of the Chicago Forum on Global Cities, including Leader of Birmingham City Council John Clancy (Birmingham, United Kingdom); Mayor Frank Fahy (Galway, Ireland); State Minister for Urban Development and Housing Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt (Hamburg, Germany); Mayor Vitaly Klitschko (Kyiv, Ukraine); and Mayor Hanna…

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Sister City Committees Cheer on Runners at Bank of America Chicago Marathon

In celebration of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Gothenburg, Hamburg, Osaka, Paris and Vilnius Committees of Chicago Sister Cities International joined with international organizations and foreign consulates to cheer on and celebrate international runners at points along the marathon route on Sunday, October 11, 2015. The Birmingham, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Mexico City and Paris…

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2015 Tri-City Social Services Exchange

From August 26–September 6, an eight-person Chicago delegation traveled to Hamburg, Germany to participate in the 19th Tri-City Social Services Exchange between Chicago, Hamburg and Birmingham, U.K. The focus of the exchange was on disengaged youth and Hamburg as an inclusive city. This exchange was organized in collaboration with Dominican University. The agenda and theme…

Birmingham Delegation Visits Chicago

A delegation from Chicago’s sister city of Birmingham, United Kingdom, visited Chicago from March 16–22 to meet with city officials, organizations and partners to share best practices between the two cities. During their visit they met with the Birmingham Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International and Chicago Sister Cities International staff; officials at the Office…

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Chicago-Birmingham Artist-in-Residence Sarah Taylor Silverwood

Blog post by artist Sarah Silverwood Artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood has been the artist-in-residence for Chicago Sister Cities International in October 2014, supported by Arts Council England. Sarah has been visiting the city to make new connections, carry out research for new work on public housing, and leave drawings to be found around Chicago. Like all cities, the…

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Chicago Hosts Tri-City Social Services Exchange

Chicago hosted social services delegates from its sister cities of Birmingham and Hamburg from June 1-14, 2014 as part of the ongoing Tri-City Social Services Exchange between the three cities. Since its inception in 1998, the Tri-City Social Services Exchange has connected social service professionals from Chicago, Birmingham and Hamburg, creating important cross-cultural dialogue and…

Lord Mayor of Birmingham Visits Chicago

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Mike Leddy, led a delegation visit to Chicago from April 9-14, 2014. Pauline Leddy, Lady Mayoress of Birmingham, and Anne Kennedy, Head of the Lord Mayor’s Office, Birmingham City Council, were also part of the delegation. The Lord Mayor attended a number of events and meetings, including a meeting…

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Chicago-Birmingham 20th Anniversary Sister City Dinner

Last Wednesday, November 6, at Coco Pazzo, members of the Birmingham Committee of CSCI welcomed a delegation of Birmingham officials at a dinner in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Birmingham. The Birmingham delegation was made up of Birmingham City Council members, West Midlands Police, university officials and…

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Social Workers Prepare for Birmingham Visit

On Wednesday, August 14, Chicago Sister Cities International and the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter (NASWIL) hosted an orientation for the 8 social workers from Chicago participating in the 17th Annual Social Work Tri-City Exchange between Chicago, Birmingham and Hamburg. Birmingham hosts this year and will welcome social workers from Chicago and Hamburg…

Birmingham-Chicago Music Exchange

Four jazz musicians from Birmingham are spending a week in Chicago playing with leading musicians on the Chicago scene as part of an innovative exchange project between the Sister Cities. They are drummer Mark Sanders and the Steve Tromans Trio led by pianist Steve Tromans and featuring Chris Mapp on bass and Miles Levin on…