Shanghai Social Services Delegation Visits Chicago

Six social services delegates visited Chicago from Shanghai, China from July 12–17, 2014 as part of Chicago Sister Cities International’s ongoing social services exchanges. Their visit focused on learning about Chicago’s social services practices for aging populations and sharing their best practices in these fields. As part of the exchange, the 2014 Chicago-Shanghai Social Service…


Bogota Committee Celebrates Colombia National Day

Over 400 hundred guests celebrated Colombia’s National Day with the Bogota Committee of CSCI, in partnership with the Consulate General of Colombia in Chicago, on Sunday, July 20 from 11 am–1 pm at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall. The event included a speaking program, cultural performances and food and beverage.


Milan Committee Sponsors Italian Soccer Team

The Milan Committee of CSCI sponsored a high school soccer team from the Collegio Gallio in Como, Italy to participate in the first annual Chicago KICS Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament that took place July 19–26, 2014. The KICS Cup brought together local, national and international youth soccer teams, as well as their families and…

EXPO 2015 Comes to Milan Next Year

Expo 2015 is the next scheduled Universal Exposition after Expo 2012, and will be hosted by Chicago’s sister city Milan, Italy, from May 1-October 31, 2015. The theme chosen for the 2015 Milan Universal Exposition is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. Watch the below video to see Milan’s progress in preparing for this monumental event….

Toronto Committee Supports EXPO CHICAGO

EXPO CHICAGO President/Director Tony Karman turned to the Toronto Committee of CSCI for help in reaching the Toronto market for their upcoming art exposition. Toronto Committee Co-Chair Linda Loving and Toronto Committee member Julie Jacobson worked with Joe and Sandy Rotman of Toronto to develop a productive event. The Rotmans are civic and business leaders…


World Cup Star Featured in Chicago-Hamburg Soccer Exchange

For six consecutive years (starting in 2005), a U-15 HSV soccer team from Hamburg participated at the Chicago International Youth Tournament. This exchange, including the participation of the Hamburg team and the programming for the team to experience the best of Chicago during their time in the city, was organized by J. Christoph Lichtenfeld, Vice-Chair…

Congratulations to Galway Committee Vice-Chair Billy Lawless

We congratulate CSCI Galway Committee Vice-Chair Billy Lawless and his wife Anne, who yesterday became US citizens, took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America and registered to vote! The Lawless family emigrated to Chicago from Galway, Ireland in 1998.  Billy and Anne are part of the restaurant royalty in Chicago. They…

Chicago Film Day in Hamburg

Amerikazentrum and Savoy Filmtheater in Hamburg are presenting Chicago Film Day where they will show three iconic films set in Chicago, The Untouchables, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Blues Brothers, in continued celebration of the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Hamburg.

CSCI Receives Best Overall Program Award

Chicago Sister Cities International is proud to announce that it has won Sister Cities International’s 2014 Best Overall Program Award for a city with a population more than 500,001. The 2014 Sister Cities International Best Overall Program Award recognizes sister city programs that demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in 2013 in advancing the goals and mission of…

CSCI Featured in Cities Today Magazine

Cities Today magazine recently featured Chicago Sister Cities International and World Business Chicago in their article “How sister city partnerships can play a new role in a global economy.” The article used the example set by the relationship between Chicago and Mexico City on how cities can use their sister city relationships for economic development….


World Cup at Las Tablas

Colombian restaurant and Bogota Committee favorite Las Tablas is hosting viewing parties throughout the World Cup at their 4920 W. Irving Park Road location in Chicago. They have special World Cup food and drink menus and celebrations throughout. Visit for more details.


Lucerne School Program

The Lucerne Committee of CSCI works with New Field Elementary School in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood to build ties between them and an elementary school in Lucerne. On May 31, the school hosted an International Day where they showcased the link between the schools and what they have learned about Lucerne. The students have a…


Osaka Committee Sponsors Japanese Language Speech Award

The Osaka Committee of CSCI sponsored the Sister City Osaka Award at the 28th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest in Chicago, presented by the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago to promote the study of Japanese in the Midwest. The contest is held in the auditorium of the Japan Information Center on the fourth Saturday…


Chicago Artist Exhibits in Lucerne

Dianna Frid a Chicago-based artist and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the College of Architecture, Design and the Arts presented Dianna Frid: Words From Obituaries from June 14-19, 2014 in Lucerne at the Alpineum Produzentengalerie. The gallery in Lucerne has been able to secure funding from the sister cities program office…


The Runners Sculpture Illuminated at O’Hare

The Runners sculpture, a 16-foot sculpture at O’Hare International Airport funded by the Athens Committee of CSCI, can now be seen in all its beauty in the evening. Lighting for the sculpture has recently been installed, illuminating it for travelers to see no matter the time of day they arrive in Chicago. Sculpted by Dr….


Chicago Hosts Tri-City Social Services Exchange

Chicago hosted social services delegates from its sister cities of Birmingham and Hamburg from June 1-14, 2014 as part of the ongoing Tri-City Social Services Exchange between the three cities. Since its inception in 1998, the Tri-City Social Services Exchange has connected social service professionals from Chicago, Birmingham and Hamburg, creating important cross-cultural dialogue and…


Chicago Builds Ties with China

A delegation of 105 people, including businesses interested in investing in Chicago, senior Ministry of Commerce officials, and senior officials from eight Chinese cities recently visited Chicago. The trip was part of the Gateway Cities Agreement signed by Mayor Emanuel and the Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Chao in December 2013. The delegation, led by…

Mayor Emanuel Congratulates Ukraine President and Kyiv Mayor on Elections

On June 7, 2014, Mayor Rahm Emanuel extended his congratulations on behalf of the City of Chicago to newly elected President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and newly elected Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko. Mayor Emanuel has been steadfast in his support of Ukraine and Chicago’s Ukrainian community, particularly during the challenges the country has faced since…

Where to Watch the World Cup in Chicago

Chicago offers many options of places to go to watch your favorite team compete in the World Cup. The below map offers helpful options of where to watch the tournament; click on the map for viewing locations.