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Delhi Committee Hosts Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi Event

On October 23, 2015, the Delhi Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International celebrated the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi at an event at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. Below, Smita Shah, Chair of the Delhi Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International and organizer of the event, shares her thoughts on the well-attended and successful event….

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Chicago Artist Ayako Kato in Lucerne

  Blog post by artist Ayako Kato Artist Ayako Kato participated in the Chicago-Lucerne Artist Exchange and visited Lucerne, Switzerland from August 10-27, 2014. How does the living environment, especially the condition of nature, influence our behavior, ways of thinking, life and/or the work of art? I had this simple and complicated question in my mind before…

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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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Celebrating Ukraine’s Independence Day

Blog Post by Vera Eliashevsky Chair of the Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International Independence Day and National Day celebrations around the world are important celebrations for those countries, just as the 4th of July is a major holiday in the United States when we celebrate our independence. Below, Kyiv Committee Chair Vera Eliashevsky…

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A Visit to Toronto’s North by Northeast Festival and Conference

Blog Post by Dylan Rice Director of Creative Industries – Music City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events— Dylan Rice had the opportunity to recently represent the City of Chicago at Toronto’s North by Northeast (NXNE) festival and conference. Below, he shares his experiences in Chicago’s sister city of Toronto. Toronto is…

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The Companions of Santa Claus

Have you heard of Krampus? Well watch out everyone, because tonight is Krampusnacht! If you don’t know, who Krampus is, you might not want to… Krampus is one of the more interesting European holiday season traditions. As stated on Wikipedia, “Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Yule season who…

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Mayor Emanuel in Mexico City

Last week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was in Chicago’s sister city of Mexico City, Mexico on his first international trip as Mayor of Chicago. While in Mexico City, Mayor Emanuel signed the Global Cities Economic Partnership with Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera, an agreement that will help foster trade, exchange and learning, while seeking to…

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Celebrating the Chicago Consular Corps

Since 2001, The Honorable Patricia Maza-Pittsford has served as the Consul General of El Salvador in Chicago and in 2007 she was named Dean of the Chicago Consular Corps and serves with honor in that position today. She discusses last week’s Chicago Consular Corps Ball, presented annually by World Business Chicago and Chicago Sister Cities…

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University of Chicago Crew Club Makes Threepeat Visit to Paris

Stephanie Leese Emrich Member of the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International Rowing Exchange Chair for the Paris Committee— As was recently evidenced by the participation of multiple CSCI committees in the Chicago marathon, sports and recreation offers an excellent way to connect people of different cultures. To this end, the Paris Committee of…

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A Sister Cities Fashion Incubator Exchange

Susan Langdon Executive Director of the Toronto Fashion Incubator— Last week, during the 9th Annual Fashion Focus: Chicago’s Fashion Week presented by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, two designers from Chicago’s sister cities of Toronto and Paris showed their designs during one of the runway shows. Susan Langdon, Executive Director…

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Welcoming French Runners to the Chicago Marathon

David Reithoffer Vice Chair of the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International— Various Chicago Sister Cities International committees participated in last weekend’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon by organizing cheering stations along the marathon route and hosting receptions for foreign runners.  David Reithoffer, vice-chair of the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, writes about the…

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Lucerne Artist Studio Artist-in-Residence Michelle Kohler

Michelle Kohler Lucerne Artist Studio Artist-in-Residence— For over ten years, the Lucerne Committee of CSCI has hosted numerous professional artists of various disciplines at its unique artist-in-residence program. The aim is to develop professional artist collaborations and to strengthen the sister city relationship between Chicago and Lucerne. From a large pool of applicants, the Lucerne…

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Chicago and Kyiv—Sister or Brother Cities?

Yuriy Figel Member of the Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International— Kyiv, previously spelled Kiev, is an ancient city in the heart of Europe. Once the largest economic and cultural center of medieval Europe, this city dates back to the 5th century A.D. Kyiv now serves as the capital of Ukraine, a country with…

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Welcome to the CSCI Blog

Leroy Allala Executive Director of Chicago Sister Cities International— I’d like to welcome you to Chicago Sister Cities International’s (CSCI) new blog. We’ll be using this blog as a forum to provide you with updates about news and activities at CSCI. From CSCI staff and committee members to our friends in our 28 sister cities,…