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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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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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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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Chicago-Hamburg School Exchange

This year, Chicago’s Sullivan High School and Hamburg’s Altona Gymnasium participated in their fourth sister school exchange. Each year, students enjoy the sights and sounds of each other’s cities. Sullivan is the only neighborhood high school in partnership between the two cities. Because of this, the Altona students from Hamburg get to see Chicago through a unique lens. The Altona students traveled to Navy Pier, the…

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Help Our Hamburg Committee Raise Funds to Offer Aid to Refugee Crisis

As we have seen over recent months, the refugee crisis in Europe has dominated headlines and led news reports around the world. Last year alone, well over a million refugees fled to Europe seeking safe haven and a new start to their lives. These numbers are staggering—it is the largest human migration since the end of World War…

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Chicago Sister Cities International Welcomes New Co-Chairs

Recently, the Advisory Board of Chicago Sister Cities International approved a resolution to require each of our sister city committees to have two individuals serve as co-chairs. To this end, CSCI is honored to welcome five newly appointed co-chairs: Ruben Ocampo, Co-Chair of the Bogota Committee Annette Seaburg, Co-Chair of the Gothenburg Committee Adriana Escárcega,…

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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…

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Hamburg Police Delegation Visits Chicago

The Hamburg Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International welcomed a delegation from Hamburg Police (Polizei Hamburg) to Chicago from June 20–24, 2015. The group included Ralf Martin Meyer, Police Commissioner of Hamburg; Christoph Holstein Nitsche, State Secretary for Sports at the Ministry for Internal Affairs and Sports; Andreas Lohmeyer, Head of Regional Crime Departments; Sandra Levgrün,…

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DanceWorks Chicago on Cultural Exchange in Hamburg

The Hamburg Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International is proud to support DanceWorks Chicago (DWC) on their trip to Hamburg, Germany. DWC is currently in Hamburg for two weeks rehearsing and performing with the dance group Bundesjugendballett (BJB). Together, they are creating Outside of the Box – A Dance Journey to be performed at Hamburg’s…

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The AQUA AGENTS Project from Hamburg is Now Underway in Chicago

 The Goethe-Institut Chicago is partnering with the AQUA AGENTS program in Hamburg and throughout Germany to teach school children to learn more about the valuable resource of water. The Goethe-Institut is currently seeking interested teachers and schools in the Chicago area to take part in the project. Two successful programs have already been launched with…

Education Exchange between Hamburg’s G18 and Chicago’s Robert Morris University

Recently, Hamburg’s G18 completed another successful visit to Chicago as part of an on-going, 10-year long exchange between G18 and Chicago’s Robert Morris University. This successful relationship, organized by the two schools, has proved fruitful for participants from both Chicago and Hamburg. The students from G18 spend several weeks in Chicago, studying at the school…

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World Cup Star Featured in Chicago-Hamburg Soccer Exchange

For six consecutive years (starting in 2005), a U-15 HSV soccer team from Hamburg participated at the Chicago International Youth Tournament. This exchange, including the participation of the Hamburg team and the programming for the team to experience the best of Chicago during their time in the city, was organized by J. Christoph Lichtenfeld, Vice-Chair…

Chicago Film Day in Hamburg

Amerikazentrum and Savoy Filmtheater in Hamburg are presenting Chicago Film Day where they will show three iconic films set in Chicago, The Untouchables, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Blues Brothers, in continued celebration of the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Hamburg.

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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…

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Hamburg Committee Sponsors Sullivan High School Steel Drum Corps Visit to Hamburg as Part of 20th Anniversary Celebration

From May 5–13, 2014, the Hamburg Committee of CSCI sponsored Sullivan High School’s Steel Drum Corps visit to Altona Gymnasium school in Hamburg as part of the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Hamburg. Sullivan’s Steel Drum Corps performed at the International Comenius Festival, the Hamburg Harbor Birthday Festival and other…

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Hamburg Celebrates Chicago

From February 12–22, the City of Hamburg is celebrating its sister cities. Each day, a different city will be featured in Hamburg’s Europa Passage, a large shopping mall and destination for residents and tourists. Mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz was present to officially kick off the celebration on February 12. On February 17 from 10 a.m.–8…

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Chicago Celebrated in Hamburg

From February 12–22, the City of Hamburg is celebrating its sister cities. Each day, a different city will be featured in Hamburg’s Europa Passage, a large shopping mall and destination for residents and tourists. On February 17 from 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Chicago will be featured at a booth in the center of the Europa Passage…