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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…

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Prague-Chicago School Exchange

A group of students, two teachers and the principal from Prague’s Gymnázium Nad Alejí arrived in Chicago on Thursday, October 25 and will be staying until Sunday, November 2.  Gymnázium Nad Alejí is a sister school with Chicago’s Walter Payton College Prep. The students are engaging in a number of activities in Chicago during their…

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2014 Chicago Sister Cities Medical Initiative

The Chicago Sister Cities Medical Initiative once again took place in conjunction with the 16th Annual Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium (October 9–12, 2014). The symposium, which attracts 800 physicians, is an annual professional educational event providing recent clinical and scientific advances in breast cancer research. The program is an unrivaled opportunity to collaborate with a world renowned cancer…

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Deputy Mayor Koch Welcomes Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Mr. Linas Linkevičius

Deputy Mayor Steve Koch welcomed Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius to Chicago on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Foreign Minister Linkevičius and Deputy Mayor Koch met to discuss strengthening ties between Chicago and Lithuania in business and community. Deputy Mayor Koch congratulated Foreign Minister Linkevicius and Consul General Marijus Gudynas on the 90th anniversary of the…

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CSCI Staff Member Ieva Dilyte Recognized by Lithuanian Government

CSCI Manager of International Programs, Ieva Dilyte, was officially recognized by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, for her work in strengthening the sister city relationship between Vilnius and Chicago and for promoting Lithuania in Chicago on October 14, 2014. Photo, from left to right: Darius Skusevičius, Adviser to the Minister of…

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World Routes in Chicago

3,000 industry experts representing around 300 airlines, 800 airports and 200 tourism authorities from all corners of the world came to Chicago for World Routes, the 20th World Route Development Forum, to discuss the future of the world’s air service industry. The world’s most important commercial aviation event of its kind took place in Chicago…

CSCI Welcomes Laura Ferris Anderson to Advisory Board

Please join us in welcoming Laura Ferris Anderson as a new member of CSCI’s Advisory Board. Laura Ferris Anderson serves as Chief of Staff to the Office of the Midwest Chairman for JPMorgan Chase & Co. She manages the strategic planning and initiative implementation for the region’s senior leadership across multiple business lines and staff…

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Durban Mayoral Delegation Visits Chicago

Cllr. James Nxumalo, Mayor of eThekwini Municipality—which governs Chicago’s sister city of Durban, South Africa—visited Chicago with a delegation from Durban from September 19–24 to take part in the World Routes conference. Next year, the World Routes conference will be held in Durban. On Friday, September 19, the delegation attended a meeting with Mayor Rahm…

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Vilnius Committee Welcomes U.S. Ambassador Deborah McCarthy

The Vilnius Committee of CSCI hosted a welcome reception for U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania Deborah A. McCarthy on Wednesday, September 10 at the John Hancock Tower residencies. The reception was hosted by Vilnius Committee members Stan and Sigita Balzekas. Ambassador McCarthy was welcomed by Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania Marijus Gudynas, Chairman of the Board…

Spinosaurus Discovered by Casablanca Committee Member

University of Chicago paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim, a National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer—and member of the Casablanca Committee of Chicago Sister Cities—discovered Spinosaurus, the biggest and baddest among meat-eating dinosaurs. It was bigger than T. Rex and the first dinosaur known to swim. The dinosaur was found in Morocco and its discovery spans several sister cities….

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2014 Chicago Sister Cities Medical Initiative

The Chicago Sister Cities Medical Initiative will once again take place in conjunction with the 16th Annual Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium (October 9–12, 2014). The symposium, which attracts 800 physicians, is an annual professional educational event providing recent clinical and scientific advances in breast cancer research.  The program is an unrivaled opportunity to collaborate with a world renowned…

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Celebrating Ukraine’s Independence Day

Blog Post by Vera Eliashevsky Chair of the Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International Independence Day and National Day celebrations around the world are important celebrations for those countries, just as the 4th of July is a major holiday in the United States when we celebrate our independence. Below, Kyiv Committee Chair Vera Eliashevsky…

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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 Donal Lyons and Galway County Council Chairperson Mary Hoade. On August 19, Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with Mayor Lyons, Councillor Hoade and the delegation. Galway and Chicago have developed a longstanding sister city relationship based on…

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Illinois and Colombia Business Networking Evening Sponsorship Opportunities

Since the implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement in 2012, Colombia has become the third largest market for U.S. exports in Latin America. This agreement, combined with Colombia’s rapid economic growth and demand for high-quality U.S.-made goods, has made Colombia a strong market for U.S. companies in different industries. The Bogota Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International…

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Belgrade Featured in State Magazine

The U.S. Department of State’s magazine, State Magazine, is featuring Chicago’s sister city Belgrade in its current issue as the “Post of the Month”. Read the article in the magazine’s digital edition from pages 16-21: digitaledition.state.gov.

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Yoko Noge Dean Receives Foreign Minister’s Commendation

Chair of the Osaka Committee of CSCI, Yoko Noge Dean, is one of the individuals to receive the Foreign Minister’s Commendations for 2014, given by Japan Foreign Minister, Fumio Kishida. She received the commendation for her work in promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the US. This year, the Commendation was awarded to 108 individuals…

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A Visit to Toronto’s North by Northeast Festival and Conference

Blog Post by Dylan Rice Director of Creative Industries – Music City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events— Dylan Rice had the opportunity to recently represent the City of Chicago at Toronto’s North by Northeast (NXNE) festival and conference. Below, he shares his experiences in Chicago’s sister city of Toronto. Toronto is…

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CSCI Presented with Best Overall Program Award

Chicago Sister Cities International was presented with Sister Cities International’s 2014 Best Overall Program Award for a city with a population more than 500,001 at a special ceremony on Saturday, August 2, during Sister Cities International’s 58th Annual Conference in San Jose, California. CSCI Executive Director, Leroy Allala, accepted the award on behalf of the…

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Lahore Committee Hosts Iftar Dinner

The Lahore Committee of CSCI hosted an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan on Monday, July 21, 2014 at the Chicago Cultural Center’s GAR Hall & Rotunda. Ramadan is not only a time for spiritual contemplation and reflection, but a time for sharing with friends. The celebration was attended by 125 guests, including the Honorable Faisal Niaz Tirmazi,…