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Eastland Disaster Mural in Pilsen

As part of Prague Days Chicago, artist Viktor Valášek created a mural on 16th Street just west of Carpenter in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood in remembrance of the Eastland disaster. On July 24, 1915, more than eight hundred people perished on the Chicago River during one of the worst maritime catastrophes of all times—the Eastland disaster….

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Chicago-Accra Sister School Relationship

Chicago’s Francis W. Parker School and Accra’s Tuskegee International School have had a productive sister school relationship since 2006. Led on the Chicago side by Parker First Grade Teacher Bev “Greenie” Greenberg, the two schools have participated in numerous educational exchanges. Greenie is currently in Accra and blogging about her experiences. Read the blog and…

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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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2015 Chicago-Paris School Exchanges

Thus far 2015 has been a wonderful year for school exchanges between Chicago and Paris schools who have shared ideas via email, postcards, and Skype for some time and now have had the chance to cross the Atlantic and meet in person. These exchanges are based on a common educational project chosen by the teachers…

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CSCI Wins Innovation Award for Economic Development

Award Recognizes Global Cities Economic Partnership between Chicago and Mexico City CHICAGO, June 18, 2015 – Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) has been awarded Sister Cities International’s 2015 Innovation Award for Economic Development for a city with a population greater than 500,000. The 2015 Sister Cities International Innovation Award for Economic Development recognizes the accomplishments…

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2015 Chicago Sister Cities Medical Initiative

The Chicago Sister Cities Medical Initiative will once again take 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 will…

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Mayor Emanuel Welcomes Adriana Krnácová, Mayor Of Prague, to Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today welcomed the Mayor of Prague, Adriana Krnáčová, and a Czech delegation to Chicago. Mayor Emanuel and Mayor Krnáčová celebrated Prague Days Chicago 2015 in Chicago and the 25th anniversary of Chicago’s Sister City relationship with Prague. “I welcome Mayor Krnáčová to Chicago and am pleased to continue strengthening our longstanding relationship…

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Prague Days Chicago

Join the Prague Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago, the City of Prague and Prague City Tourism in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Prague with Prague Days Chicago from June 10-15, 2015. This week of celebration of Czech heritage…

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Mayor Emanuel Welcomes Delegation from Shanghai

Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcomed Mr. Xu Zezhou, and a Shanghai delegation to Chicago. Mayor Emanuel and Mr. Xu held a bilateral meeting where they discussed strengthening business and cultural ties on the 30th anniversary of their Sister City relationship. “I welcome Vice Mayor Xu Zezhou and delegation to Chicago and am pleased to continue…

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Michelangelo’s Pietà Rondanini Relocated to Milan’s Museo della Pietà

As part of a major undertaking, the City of Milan relocated Michelangelo’s final masterpiece, Pietà Rondanini, to a new museum created inside the ancient Ospedale Spagnolo (Spanish Hospital) in the Castello Sforzesco, a fascinating space that has never opened to the public before and is exclusively dedicated to Michelangelo’s last masterpiece. The dedication of the sculpture marks…

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Bogota Committee Tours Doris Salcedo Exhibit at MCA

The Bogota Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International received a private tour of the Doris Salcedo exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) on Tuesday, May 12. This is the first retrospective of the Colombian artist, who resides and works in the city of Bogota. Salcedo’s work is deeply rooted in her country’s…

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Paris Committee Chair Receives France’s Knight of the Legion of Honor

Brett August, Chair of the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, received the highest award given by France to civilians or military offers when he was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor, or Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, on May 1. The decree of knighthood was signed by President Hollande of France….

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Casablanca Committee Engages Sister Schools

On April 6, Mr. Abdelkamel Lahlou, Director of Le Cedre School in Casablanca was in Chicago to visit Le Cedre’s sister school in Chicago, Francis W. Parker School. While in Chicago, Mr. Lahlou met with members of the Casablanca Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, who accompanied him on a tour of Francis Parker. They…

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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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Kyiv Committee Raises Funds for Ukraine

The Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International raised $16,485 for the Ukrainian Federation of America at their Concert for Ukraine on March 28 at Second Presbyterian Church. All proceeds raised will go to provide relief in the form of food, water, clothing and medical supplies to those in Ukraine affected by conflict. The check was presented…

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Walter Payton Students Meet With US Ambassador to the Czech Republic in Prague

From March 24–April 1, students from Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago visited Prague as part of their ongoing school exchange with Gymnasium Nad Alejí. On Tuesday, March 31, they visited the residence of US Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro, which is known as Villa Otto Petschek, after the first owner. Ambassador Schapiro is a Chicago…

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Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840 at the Art Institute of Chicago

Experience the exhibition Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840 at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Regenstein Hall through Sunday, June 7, 2015. The first exhibition to capture this richly textured period in Ireland’s history, Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840  presents hundreds of objects—from portraits to landscapes, from Dublin to the Irish country house—celebrating…

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Lucerne Mayor Stefan Roth Visits Chicago with The Noggeler Carnival Band

From March 12–15, the Lucerne Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International hosted Lucerne Mayor Stefan Roth and the 50-member Noggeler Guuggenmusig Luzern (“The Noggeler”) carnival band. To welcome them to Chicago, the Lucerne Committee hosted the Swiss Noggeler Soirée, a welcome reception on the 99th floor of the Willis Tower, on March 12. Over 200…