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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…

Birmingham Delegation Visits Chicago

A delegation from Chicago’s sister city of Birmingham, United Kingdom, visited Chicago from March 16–22 to meet with city officials, organizations and partners to share best practices between the two cities. During their visit they met with the Birmingham Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International and Chicago Sister Cities International staff; officials at the Office…

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President of Chicago Committee in Paris Visits Chicago

Madame Renée Derem Johnson, President of the Chicago Committee in Paris, visited Chicago in March. Among several meetings, the purpose of her visit was to help advance plans for the 20th Anniversary celebrations of the Chicago-Paris sister city agreement, which will take place in Chicago in 2016. Paris Committee Chair, Brett August, hosted a dinner…

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Concert for Ukraine to Raise Funds for Victims of Conflict in Eastern Ukraine

 Renowned Violinist Maria Storm Headlines Concert CHICAGO, March 11, 2015 – The turmoil in Ukraine has created an under-reported humanitarian crisis. Over one million people have been displaced by fighting in Eastern Ukraine, including children orphaned by the war, critically wounded soldiers and families forced to leave their homes for safety. Resources to assist these…

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50-Member Swiss Carnival Band From Chicago’s Sister City of Lucerne to March Throughout Chicago Next Week

 Raucously Entertaining Noggeler Guuggenmusig Luzern Appearing in Chicago March 12–15 CHICAGO, March 6, 2015 – The Lucerne Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) presents performances by Lucerne, Switzerland’s famous 50-member Noggeler Guuggenmusig Luzern throughout Chicago from March 12–15, 2015. “The Noggeler” is participating in both the downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 14…

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Win a Luxury Trip to Switzerland for Two

Enter for a chance to win a luxury trip to Switzerland for two—and other great prizes—as our Lucerne Committee celebrates the Chicago visit of Lucerne Mayor Stefan Roth and the 50-member Noggeler Guuggenmusig Lucerne marching band to Chicago in March. The raffle will take place on March 12 at the Swiss Noggeler Soirée on the Willis Tower’s…

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Toronto Committee of CSCI supports Stratford Festival’s King Lear

Last week, the Toronto Committee of CSCI met with Anita Gaffney, Executive Director of the Stratford Festival, and Colm Feore, Shakespearean Actor who portrays King Lear in the Stratford Festival’s production, in celebration of the premiere of the Stratford Festival’s production of King Lear being broadcast in movie theaters. They also attended the premiere at the Music Box…

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Bogota Committee Meets with Colombian Minister of Culture

Today, members of the Bogota Committee of CSCI met with Colombia’s Minister of Culture, Mariana Garcés Córdoba, and Consul General of Colombia in Chicago, Bladimiro Cuello Daza, to discuss the importance of cultural ties between Chicago and Bogota and ways to collaborate in the future. Minister Garcés Córdoba is in Chicago to attend the opening of the Doris…

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Co-Chair Visits Amman

Phil Palmer, newly appointed co-chair of the Amman committee of CSCI, recently traveled to Jordan and met with several of Amman’s sister city committee members (who came out despite the city being shutdown from extreme weather).  They discussed areas of shared interest and outlined several goals for 2015. Picture above from left to right: Eng….

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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…

Chicago City Council Passes Resolutions to Mark Anniversaries of Relationships with Four Sister Cities

Today, Chicago City Council passed resolutions to mark the 30-year sister city anniversaries with Shanghai, China and Shenyang China; the 25-year sister city anniversary with Prague, Czech Republic; and the 10-year sister city anniversary with Belgrade, Serbia. The resolutions were presented to the consulate representatives of each country. Mayor Rahm Emanuel was present to congratulate…

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Galway Committee Vice Chair Billy Lawless Receives Honor from City of Galway

Galway City Council today agreed to confer the honor of Freeman of the City of Galway on Vice-Chair of the Galway Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, Billy Lawless, Sr.  On the proposal of the Mayor of Galway, Cllr. Donal Lyons and with the approval of the Procedures Committee, Galway City Council Elected Members unanimously…

Kyiv Committee Member Natalie Jaresko Appointed Ukraine’s Finance Minister

Natale Jaresko, a member of the Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International who has lived in Ukraine for over 20 years, has been appointed as Ukraine’s new Finance Minister by Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko. More on Ms. Jaresko’s background from the BBC… “Natalie Jaresko has more than two decades of experience in investment, finance and…

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2014 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 Monday, December 1, 2014, at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. The gala’s international guest list included members of the 84 foreign consulates and honorary consulates in Chicago; keynote…

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Chicago Artist Ayako Kato in Lucerne

  Blog post by artist Ayako Kato Artist Ayako Kato participated in the Chicago-Lucerne Artist Exchange and visited Lucerne, Switzerland from August 10-27, 2014. How does the living environment, especially the condition of nature, influence our behavior, ways of thinking, life and/or the work of art? I had this simple and complicated question in my mind before…

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Yoko Noge-Dean Selected as the 2014 CSCI Volunteer of the Year

Please join us in congratulating Yoko Noge-Dean, Chair of the Osaka Committee of CSCI for being selected as the 2014 Chicago Sister Cities International Volunteer of the Year. Yoko was selected for showing leadership, talent, passion, enthusiasm and tenacity in promoting the work of CSCI locally and abroad. Yoko was selected by the Advisory Board…

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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Chicago-Birmingham Artist-in-Residence Sarah Taylor Silverwood

Blog post by artist Sarah Silverwood Artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood has been the artist-in-residence for Chicago Sister Cities International in October 2014, supported by Arts Council England. Sarah has been visiting the city to make new connections, carry out research for new work on public housing, and leave drawings to be found around Chicago. Like all cities, the…

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Bogota Trade Mission

The Bogota Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International joined forces with the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment in a trade mission to the International Fair of Bogota from September 29 to October 3, 2014. A total of 12 Illinois companies joined them on the trade mission. Bogota Committee members Ruben Ocampo and Alan Harder represented…