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Gothenburg May Programs

The Gothenburg Committee of CSCI produced three programs throughout May, including facilitating a student exchange from Gothenburg to Chicago, presenting a concert at the Swedish American Museum and hosting a sustainability delegation from Sweden. Student Exchange Nine students and four teachers from Svartedalsskolan in Gothenburg, Sweden visited Alessandro Volta Elementary School from May 3-10. The…

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Chicago Top Ranked in Cities of Opportunity Global Study

Last week, PricewaterhouseCoopers published its sixth edition of Cities of Opportunity, a study that analyzes the trajectory of 30 cities, all capitals of finance, commerce and culture, and looks at what makes them successful and resilient. Chicago was ranked among the top 10 global cities, and scored well on a number of indicators, including becoming the second…

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Hamburg Committee Sponsors Sullivan High School Steel Drum Corps Visit to Hamburg as Part of 20th Anniversary Celebration

From May 5–13, 2014, the Hamburg Committee of CSCI sponsored Sullivan High School’s Steel Drum Corps visit to Altona Gymnasium school in Hamburg as part of the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Hamburg. Sullivan’s Steel Drum Corps performed at the International Comenius Festival, the Hamburg Harbor Birthday Festival and other…

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Recent Lucerne Artist Studio Exchange Highlights

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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Kyiv Committee Presentations on Maidan Events

The Kyiv Committee of CSCI co-presented two May events at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) in Chicago on the impact of recent events in Ukraine, specifically on the protests at the Maidan in Kyiv. On May 10, a public meeting was held with Ukrainian-born American George Sajewych, former journalist and producer of Voice…

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Chicago Welcomes Prominent Mexican Business Delegation

Mayor Emanuel, World Business Chicago (WBC), Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Choose Chicago and CSCI welcomed a group of nearly 50 business and government leaders from May 20–22 from Mexico City as part of the Global Cities Economic Partnership signed by Mayor Emanuel and Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera in November 2013. The delegation, led…

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GALWAY: Committee Travels to Ireland

Eighteen Galway Committee Members of CSCI traveled to Galway, Ireland from May 5–9, 2014. While in Galway, the committee attended a number of events and meetings to both celebrate and further strengthen the sister city relationship between Chicago and Galway. The main focus of their visit was to attend the official opening of the Circle…

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Ireland President Michael D. Higgins Visits Chicago

The Galway Committee of CSCI was honored to host an intimate lunch with His Excellency Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland; First Lady Sabina Higgins; Her Excellency Anne Anderson, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States; and the Honorable Aidan Cronin, Consul General of Ireland in Chicago on May 11, 2014 at Henri. During President…

Devastating Floods in Serbia

Due to extreme and heavy rains, Serbia has been dealing with unprecedented, catastrophic flooding. Many have been displaced and lost their lives. With its sister city of Belgrade, Chicago Sister Cities International remains deeply concerned and is monitoring the situation. If you would like to support the recovery efforts, we encourage you to visit the…

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Mayor Emanuel Announces Internships and Job Opportunities For DREAMer Students

On April 11, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the City of Chicago is, for the first time, opening up nearly 23,000 City-funded internship, volunteer, and job opportunities for undocumented students, or “DREAMers.” “Chicago is a city that was built by immigrants and I am committed to ensuring that DREAMers have the same opportunities offered by…

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Chicago Welcomes International Travel Influencers for IPW 2014

From April 5-9, Choose Chicago welcomed more than 6,000 travel buyers, suppliers and media from 70-plus countries for three days of intensive deal-making at the U.S. Travel Association’s IPW 2014. With economic impact to rival the Super Bowl, hosting the nation’s premier travel event provided a first major step to achieving Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s goal…

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ACCRA: Israel Idonije Foundation Visits Ghana

From March 30–April 8, 2014, Chicago Bear Israel Idonije traveled to Ghana with his Israel Idonije Foundation (IIF) to launch a 5-year partnership with Free The Children’s Adopt a Village Program . Through this platform, IIF built a schoolhouse; constructed clean water systems, including latrines and wells; supported health awareness programs; and provided resources for sustainable community…

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A.T. Kearney Global Cities Index Names Chicago a Top Global City

The city of Chicago ranked seventh on the list of top global cities of today and tomorrow as part of A.T. Kearney Global Cities Index. This is the third major ranking that lists Chicago in the top 10 globally, including IBM, and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Chicago joins other international cities such as New York,…

Lord Mayor of Birmingham Visits Chicago

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Mike Leddy, led a delegation visit to Chicago from April 9-14, 2014. Pauline Leddy, Lady Mayoress of Birmingham, and Anne Kennedy, Head of the Lord Mayor’s Office, Birmingham City Council, were also part of the delegation. The Lord Mayor attended a number of events and meetings, including a meeting…

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Chicago-Shanghai Sister City Award

Last week, Chicago and Shanghai shared the award for Best Overall U.S.-China Sister City Award at the 2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference. Read a full recap of the conference at www.sister-cities.org.

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Mayor Emanuel Welcomes Ambassador Rachad Bouhlhal from the Kingdom of Morocco to Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcomed Ambassador Rachad Bouhlal from the Kingdom of Morocco to Chicago on Wednesday, March 20, 2014, to convey the City’s steadfast commitment towards maintaining strong Chicago-Morocco business relationships and furthering collaboration on innovative water infrastructure projects. “I am pleased to welcome Ambassador Bouhlal to Chicago,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Since 1982, Chicago and…

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2014 Chicago-Paris Social Services Exchange

From March 11–14, 2014, Parisian agency heads and social services professionals from Paris participated in a four-day immersion into Chicago’s social service networks. The Paris Social Services Committee planned an interdisciplinary, intercultural week of activities that helped to build partnerships and provide opportunities for dialogue and sharing of best practices among social service professionals from…

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel Welcomes Seán Sherlock, the Irish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, to Chicago

Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcomed the Irish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, to Chicago. Mayor Emanuel met with Minister Sherlock to discuss Chicago’s continued efforts to foster industry in big data analytics and how the recently announced Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute will work to make Chicago a center of excellence. “I…

Appointment of New Committee Chairs

Chicago Sister Cities International is proud to announce the appointment of new Chairs for the following committees: Belgrade, Bogota and Casablanca. Desko Nikitovic has been appointed as Chair of the Belgrade Committee; Marcelino Garcia as Chair of the Bogota Committee; and Lisa Roberts and Julie Stagliano as Co-Chairs of the Casablanca Committee. CSCI looks forward to working with…