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Billy Lawless Named Senator in Ireland

Billy Lawless, Co-Chair of the Galway Committee of CSCI, has been appointed as a Senator to Ireland’s Seanad Éireann (the upper house of the Irish legislature, the Oireachtas) by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, the Prime Minister of Ireland. Mr. Lawless is one of the Taoiseach’s 11 nominees and the first Irish emigrant to be appointed to…

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2015 World Business Chicago Annual Report

Read about the great work that World Business Chicago did in 2015 and learn how Chicago Sister Cities International continues to play an integral role in its international outreach efforts here.

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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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Immigrant Heritage Month

June 2016 is Immigrant Heritage Month, and CSCI is partnering with Welcome.us to celebrate both our diversity and our shared American heritage by telling the stories of individuals that, together, comprise a uniquely American narrative. More information can be found here: http://welcome.us/ Our stories make up the American story, so we decided to find out the…

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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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Paris Committee Cheers at the Paris Marathon

The Paris Committee of CSCI and friends cheered on 43,000 runners during the 40th running of the Paris Marathon on April 3.  Across from the Eiffel Tower on the Avenue du Président Kennedy at the 30 kilometer point, thousands of people gathered to shout and cheer.  The footbridge over the course provided a perfect spot…

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Chicago Sister Cities International to Receive Grant from the Aspen Institute Stevens Initiative to Create Virtual Exhange between High School Youth in Chicago and Casablanca, Morocco

CHICAGO SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL TO RECEIVE GRANT FROM THE ASPEN INSTITUTE STEVENS INITIATIVE TO CREATE VIRTUAL EXCHANGE BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH IN CHICAGO AND CASABLANCA, MOROCCO        CHICAGO, April 4, 2016 – The Aspen Institute Stevens Initiative today announced the award of a two-year grant to Chicago Sister Cities International, one of 10 new…

絆 Kizuna 5 Economic Seminar

The 絆 Kizuna 5 Economic Seminar will feature a special program on doing business in Japan’s Tohoku region. Akihiro Ohyama, Chairman of IRIS USA will be featured as a speaker. More information and speakers to be announced. The economic seminar is part of 絆 Kizuna 5: Voices of the Youth, the fifth phase of an ongoing project focused…

絆 Kizuna 5: Voices of the Youth Commemoration Ceremony

  To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the Osaka Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International is hosting a ceremony to remember the victims, celebrate the reconstruction of the Tohoku region and show continued support from the people of Chicago to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. The ceremony will feature…

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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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CSCI Sponsors 19th Chicago European Union Film Festival

Chicago Sister Cities International is sponsoring the 19th Chicago European Union Film Festival  from March 4–31 at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The EU Film Festival is your ticket to experiencing the creativity and vibrant cultures of all 28 EU nations from the comfort of your theater seat. Chicago premieres of 62 new features distinguish this…

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Film Screening of the 113 Project as Part of 絆 Kizuna 5

From the creative team of the documentary Tohoku Tomo, an IDFA 2015 Finalist with over 30 domestic and international screenings to date, comes the 113 Project, a short film series inviting you to rediscover Tohoku through the eyes of young adults, local businesses, and other communities rebuilding their lives and working towards the future. Featuring…

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Chicago City Council Passes Resolutions to Mark Anniversaries of Four of Chicago’s Sister City Relationships

Today, Chicago City Council passed resolutions to mark the anniversaries of four of Chicago’s sister city relationships: 25 years with Kyiv, Ukraine; Mexico City, Mexico; and Toronto, Canada; and 20 years with Paris, France. The resolutions were presented to the Honorable Larysa Gerasko, Consul General of Ukraine; the Honorable Carlos Martín Jiménez Macías, Consul General…

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Lucerne’s Noggeler Win Award from the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee

On January 17, Lucerne, Switzerland’s famous 50-member Noggeler Guuggenmusig Luzern—who was brought to Chicago by the Lucerne Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International for the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade—received the “Most Entertaining Performance Award” from the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. The Noggeler gave public performances throughout Chicago when they visited from March…

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2015 Chicago Consular Corps Gala

Chicago Sister Cities International and World Business Chicago hosted the annual Chicago Consular Corps Gala: “A Tribute to Our Global Partners” on the evening of Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Avenue). The gala’s international guest list included members of the 85 foreign and honorary consulates in Chicago. “This event…