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Lucerne Artist Studio 2015

For over ten years, Chicago and Lucerne have worked together on artist exchanges between the two cities. The aim is to develop professional artist collaborations and to strengthen the relationship between Chicago and Lucerne. The Lucerne Committee of CSCI has hosted numerous professional artists of various disciplines at its unique artist-in-residence program, the Lucerne Artist…

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Chicago Stands with Paris

  As sister cities since 1996, the people of Chicago stand together stronger than ever with the people of Paris. We extend our friendship, support and solidarity with Mayor Anne Hidalgo and our friends in Paris and all of France. In the wake of the recent tragedy in Paris, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “Tonight…

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Win Great Prizes at the Chicago Consular Corps Gala Raffle

Chicago Sister Cities International and World Business Chicago present The Chicago Consular Corps Gala Raffle   Drawn on Tuesday, December 15th at the Chicago Consular Corps Gala Hilton Chicago | 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois   $100/Raffle Ticket   Chicago Cubs Skybox Tickets $1,500 Value Hyatt Gold Passport Package $1200 Value Specialty Wine Package…

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Architecture Delegation from Milan

A delegation from Milan, led by famed architect Stefano Boeri, traveled to Chicago from November 9–13 to take part in events associated with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. On November 12 at an award ceremony in Chicago, Mr. Boeri’s “Bosco Verticale” (Vertical Forest) received the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s prestigious award for “2015…

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Chicago-Prague Sister School Exchanges

During the month of October, the Prague Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International welcomed two groups of students from Prague participating in the sister school exchanges. Twelve students, teachers Jana Srpová and Alena Kapounová, and the principle of Academické Gymnázim Štěpánská, Milan Štěrba, arrived on October 7, 2015 and spent ten days in Chicago. Students…

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Chicago Delegation Visits Shanghai for Second Annual Social Services Exchange

An eight-member delegation of interdisciplinary social services professionals from Chicago visited Shanghai from October 24–31, 2015, to learn about Shanghai’s aging policies and programs. This second annual exchange follows a delegation from Shanghai visiting Chicago in 2014. The city of Shanghai has a population of over 24 million, and 2.7 million of its residents are…

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2015 Chicago Sister Cities Medical Initiative

The Chicago Sister Cities Medical Initiative once again took place in conjunction with the 17th Annual Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium from October 29–November 1, 2015. Through a generous grant from the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, in conjunction with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, a competitive process awarded 14…

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Ukrainian Delegates Visit Chicago as Part of Open World Program

Five Ukrainian leaders participated in the Open World program from October 23-31,2015, in Chicago examining public health issues, specifically HIV and AIDS. Chicago Sister Cities International hosted the delegation. Managed by the Open World Leadership Center, a support agency of the United States Congress, the Open World program is designed to enhance understanding and capabilities…

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Win a Trip for Two to Ireland

Enter for a chance to win a trip for two to Ireland—and other great prizes— in a raffle as our Galway Committee celebrates their annual Oyster Festival of Racing on Saturday, November 14 at the Turf Club of Hawthorne Race Course. Winner need not be present to win. Raffle tickets are $20 each and can…

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Top 5 Moments from the 2015 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference

From Sister Cities International: This year’s U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference was an incredible display of citizen and subnational diplomacy at its best as Chicago played host to nearly 200 delegates from China and the U.S. at the 2015 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference. Business and municipal leaders, along with citizen diplomats, attended the conference. This monumental convening created…

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U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference This Week

Presented by Sister Cities International, the 2015 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference will connect business leaders, government officials, and citizen diplomats from the U.S. and China. The Conference will celebrate the 30th Anniversaries of Chicago’s sister cities Shanghai and Shenyang and will provide best practices and networking opportunities for the continued success and growth of U.S.-China…

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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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Chicago Week in Milan

From September 3–5, 2015 in Chicago’s sister city of Milan, Italy, Chicago Sister Cities International presented Chicago-themed events to highlight the strong relationship between the two cities during Expo Milano 2015, the world’s fair. Over 40 member of Chicago’s business, cultural, culinary and civic communities comprised the delegation who traveled to Milan to celebrate the…

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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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GALWAY: Mayoral Delegation Visits Chicago

The Galway Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International hosted a mayoral delegation from Galway, Ireland, including Galway City Mayor Frank Fahy and Galway County Council Chairman Peter Roche. While in Chicago, the delegation met with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Deputy Mayor Steve Koch, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and various business and Irish community leaders,…

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Inaugural Chicago-Casablanca Social Services Exchange

Chicago Sister Cities International and its Casablanca Committee, Dominican University’s Graduate School of Social Work, IDMAJ and the International Social Work Exchange Program hosted seven social services delegates and an interpreter from Chicago’s sister city of Casablanca, Morocco from July 25-August 1. The exchange explored how social service providers in Chicago and Casablanca are engaging…

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Chicago KICS Cup

This year, a number of youth soccer teams from around the world participated in the Second Annual Chicago KICS Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament from July 21-26, 2015 in Chicago, including several teams from Chicago’s sister cities and surrounding regions. The Lahore Committee supported a team from Pakistan comprised of children who had been dwelling…

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Lahore Committee Celebrates Ramadan with Iftar Dinner

On July 12, 2015, the Lahore Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International hosted an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan at the Chicago Cultural Center’s G.A.R. Hall & Rotunda. The celebration was attended by 170 distinguished guests, including the Honorable Faisal Niaz Tirmazi, Consul General of Pakistan in Chicago; Ken Bennett, First Deputy Chief of Staff and…

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Osaka Committee Supports Japanese Speech Contest Winner’s Trip to Japan

Each year, the Osaka Committee  of Chicago Sister Cities International sponsors a trip for the winner of the Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest in Chicago to our sister city of Osaka. The recipient travels to Osaka as a kakehashi or “bridge” between the two sister cities, building friendship and mutual understanding. The 2015 winner, University of Chicago…