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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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2013 Osaka, Japan Social Service Exchange Program

Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) is committed to promoting Chicago as a global city, developing international partnerships and networks, and sharing best practices on a city-to-city basis with its 28 sister cities, including Osaka, Japan, with whom we have shared a sister city relationship for 40 years. CSCI strives to develop and expand community, education…

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CSCI Receives Arts and Culture Innovation Award

CSCI is proud to announce that it has received Sister Cities International’s Arts and Culture Innovation Award for the 7th Annual International Festival that took place in August 2012 on Daley Plaza. CSCI Executive Director Leroy Allala accepted the award on behalf of the organization last week at Sister Cities International’s Annual Conference in San…

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Eighth Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival Comes to Daley Plaza August 5–9

CHICAGO (July 2, 2013) – Celebrating the cultural vibrancy of Chicago’s robust relationships with cities around the world, Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) presents the eighth annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival. A rich variety of authentic ethnic food, merchandise and entertainment will enliven the downtown Loop with the tastes, sights and sounds of Chicago’s…

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Milan Committee Hosts Opening Reception

The Milan Committee of CSCI held an opening reception for the exhibition Wings of Italy: Italian Aeropainting from 1910–1935 at the Willis Tower on Friday, June 21. Guests enjoyed prosecco and appetizers while they enjoyed the art work. Wings of Italy presents an outstanding selection of avant-garde posters by such artists and illustrators as Mario…

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Swedish Mayor Anna Ljungdell Visits Chicago

Anna Ljungdell, Mayor of Nynäshamn, Sweden visited Chicago on Thursday, June 27 as part of a trip across the U.S. that will also take her to Washington D.C., Cleveland, Chattanooga and New York. While in Chicago, Mayor Ljungdell met with the Gothenburg Committee of CSCI, World Business Chicago, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the…

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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,…

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Global Commerce and Culture Panel Discussion

On Thursday, June 6, 2013, a distinguished group of leaders from the global business, civic and cultural communities participated in a panel at Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago office focused on “Global Commerce and Culture: A Powerful Combination.” Jointly hosted by Baker & McKenzie, Chicago Sister Cities International and World Business Chicago, the discussion explored the…

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57th Annual Sister Cities International Conference

Join Sister Cities International, elected officials, engaged citizens, and community and business leaders at the 57th Annual Sister Cities International conference in San Antonio, Texas from July 12-13, 2013. This theme of this year’s conference is “The Power of Exchange: Creating Sustainable Cities & Sustainable Relationships.” Learn more and register at www.sister-cities.org.

International Leaders to Explore Intersection of Global Commerce and Culture

Chicago, USA, June 4, 2013 – On Thursday, June 6, 2013 a distinguished group of leaders from the global business, civic and cultural communities will participate in a panel at Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago office focused on “Global Commerce and Culture: A Powerful Combination.” Jointly hosted by Baker & McKenzie, Chicago Sister Cities International and…

Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International Celebrates Russia Day

Events Celebrating National Holiday of the Russian Federation  CHICAGO (May 28, 2013) – Russia Day, which is celebrated on June 12 and commemorates the day when the Russian Parliament formally declared sovereignty over Russia in 1990, stands as a day of pride for the Russian people and as a reminder of the great contributions of…

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Students Visit Prague

Eighteen students from Walter Payton College Preparatory High School visited their sister school, Gymnázium Nad Alejí in Chicago’s Sister City of Prague from March 26 to Wednesday, April 3, 2013 as part of an ongoing student exchange that began in 2009. Visit the student’s blog to hear about their visit and see photos by clicking…

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Ambassador Eisen Remarks on Cermak School

In a blog post, U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Norman L. Eisen remarked upon his experience at the naming of the Cermak School in Prague. He wrote: “The sun was shining and children were singing in Prague today as I attended the renaming ceremony of an elementary school in my own backyard. The newly-named…

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Galway Committee Supports Commemorative Garden

The Galway Committee of CSCI has become a major sponsor of the Circle of Life Commemorative Garden in Galway. The garden will remember and give thanks for the generosity of spirit of the over 2,200 people in Ireland who have given the gift of life through organ donation. It will be a special place of…

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Chicago Sister Cities International 2012 Report

Chicago Sister Cities International’s 2012 Report is available for download. You can see highlights of the work of our organization and committees throughout 2012. From diplomatic visits to cultural events, it was another busy and productive year. We look forward to continuing to bring the world to Chicago and Chicago to the world. You can…

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Prague School Named for Late Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak

Chicago’s Sister City of Prague Honors Former Mayor  CHICAGO (May  9, 2013) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that a school in the Czech Republic will be named in honor of the late Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak today on the 140th anniversary of his birth. The Anton Cermak School is located in Prague, which has…

Nancy Tom Honored at White House

CSCI China Committee member Nancy Tom was one of fifteen women honored by the White House as an Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) “Champion of Change” on May 6, 2013. Nancy has volunteered as a member of the China Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International since the sister cities agreement was signed between Chicago and…

Kerstin Lane Honored by CCA as 2013 Outstanding Community Leader

On Thursday, May 2, Gothenburg Committee member Kerstin Lane, was named as an Outstanding Community Leader alongside Rasmea Yousef, associate director of the Arab American Action Network, at the 4th Annual MOSAIC Fundraiser benefiting the Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA). Also being honored is Martin R. Castro, Esq., recipient of the Chicago Cultural Champion award. Kerstin…

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Irish American Heritage Center Open House

Join the Galway Committee of CSCI at the Free Irish American Heritage Center Open House on Sunday, April 28 from 1–5 pm. Meet their members, committees, volunteers and partners. Learn how you can become a part of the vibrant community. The event features live music, dance, light food, a cash bar, a raffle and other…