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Prague Committee Hosts Rusalka Reception

The Prague Committee of CSCI hosted a reception for the Chicago premiere of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s brand new production of Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka on Tuesday, March 4. The  evening  included the opera and a pre-performance wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, along with a performance by Trio Caliente. His Excellency Petr Gandalovič, Ambassador of the Czech Republic…

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Kyiv Committee Organizes Ukraine Presentation at DePaul Law School

On March 13, the Kyiv Committee of CSCI and the DePaul Journal for Social Justice organized a presentation on the current situation in Ukraine at the DePaul Law School. The Kyiv Committee worked to plan the discussion and arrange the panelists who participated in discussing the current situation in Ukraine. Speakers included attorney Danylo Terleckyj…

Statement by Sister Cities International on Recent Tensions in Eastern Europe

Sister Cities International issued the following statement on March 7, 2014. To view the statement on their website, please visit www.sister-cities.org. The Sister Cities International network includes 76 U.S.-Russian and 23 U.S.-Ukrainian sister city partnerships, with many having already celebrated 25 years of mutually beneficial exchanges and cooperative activities. These partnerships have helped build understanding and…

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Stanley Balzekas Receives Lithuanian Diplomacy Star

Chair of the Vilnius Committee of CSCI Stanley Balzekas received the Lithuanian Diplomacy Star for his work in promoting Lithuania’s name and preserving Lithuanian culture. The award was presented to Mr. Balzekas by Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on February 18. The evening event celebrated the 96th anniversary of…

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Kyiv Committee Participates in Ukraine Discussion at University of Chicago

On February 20, from 6–9 p.m., the Kyiv Committee of CSCI participated in the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Alumni International Roundtable’s sold-out discussion Ukraine: A Country on the Brink. The Kyiv Committee worked to plan the discussion and arrange the panelists who participated in discussing the current situation in Ukraine. Speakers included…

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Mayor Emanuel Statement on Ukraine

Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel released the following statement about the recent violence in Ukraine: “I stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine who are peacefully pursuing freedom and democracy. With our significant Ukrainian population and sister city of Kyiv, Chicago has strong and important ties to Ukraine. The Ukrainian community has made vital contributions…

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Hamburg Celebrates Chicago

From February 12–22, the City of Hamburg is celebrating its sister cities. Each day, a different city will be featured in Hamburg’s Europa Passage, a large shopping mall and destination for residents and tourists. Mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz was present to officially kick off the celebration on February 12. On February 17 from 10 a.m.–8…

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Chicago Featured on French Television

Chicago was recently featured on a French television program, including Chicago Sister Cities International and the relationship between Chicago and Paris. The broadcast showcases Chicago not only as an attractive tourist destination, but also as a desirable city in which to live and do business. David Reithoffer, Vice-Chair of the Paris Committee of CSCI, and Renée…

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Moscow Committee Holiday Party Celebrates New Year

In addition to participating in the American holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, Russian-Americans also celebrate Russian Orthodox Christmas and “Old New Year,” which is the beginning of the year according to the Julian calendar. In honor of all the Russian and American holidays, the Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, chaired by…

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New Artist-in-Residence at the Lucerne Artist Studio

The Lucerne Committee of CSCI welcomes the first 2014 artist-in-residence at the Lucerne Artist Studio in Chicago. Artist Nina Steinemann arrived in Chicago in December 2013 and will work in the city through April 2014. Steinemann is a multi-talented artist who works in the visual arts, theatre and film. For over ten years, the Lucerne…

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Chicago Celebrated in Hamburg

From February 12–22, the City of Hamburg is celebrating its sister cities. Each day, a different city will be featured in Hamburg’s Europa Passage, a large shopping mall and destination for residents and tourists. On February 17 from 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Chicago will be featured at a booth in the center of the Europa Passage…

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Mayor Emanuel Signs Gateway Cities Agreement in China

On December 23, Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with the Minister of Commerce from the People’s Republic of China, Gao Hucheng, and the vice mayors and leadership representatives of eight major Chinese cities to sign the Gateway Cities Agreement.  Mayor Emanuel, the Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Chao and the leadership representatives of Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin,…

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Milan Committee Sponsors Crèche

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Chicago and Milan sister city relationship, the Milan Committee of CSCI has sponsored an Italian crèche at the Loyola University Museum of Art’s exhibition Art and Faith of the Crèche: The Collection of James and Emilia Govan. Art and Faith of the Crèche displays how artists across the globe depict…

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The Companions of Santa Claus

Have you heard of Krampus? Well watch out everyone, because tonight is Krampusnacht! If you don’t know, who Krampus is, you might not want to… Krampus is one of the more interesting European holiday season traditions. As stated on Wikipedia, “Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Yule season who…

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Mayor Emanuel in Mexico City

Last week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was in Chicago’s sister city of Mexico City, Mexico on his first international trip as Mayor of Chicago. While in Mexico City, Mayor Emanuel signed the Global Cities Economic Partnership with Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera, an agreement that will help foster trade, exchange and learning, while seeking to…

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Chicago-Birmingham 20th Anniversary Sister City Dinner

Last Wednesday, November 6, at Coco Pazzo, members of the Birmingham Committee of CSCI welcomed a delegation of Birmingham officials at a dinner in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Birmingham. The Birmingham delegation was made up of Birmingham City Council members, West Midlands Police, university officials and…

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Mayor Emanuel Contributes News Article on Chicago’s Sister Cities

In this month’s issue of Diplomatic Courier, Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses in “Chicago: Leading on the Global Stage” how Chicago’s sister city relationships are a part of making Chicago a major global city that is a center for competitiveness, economic and cultural opportunity and diversity. Mayor Emanuel writes, “Another major component of Chicago’s plan for…

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Celebrating the Chicago Consular Corps

Since 2001, The Honorable Patricia Maza-Pittsford has served as the Consul General of El Salvador in Chicago and in 2007 she was named Dean of the Chicago Consular Corps and serves with honor in that position today. She discusses last week’s Chicago Consular Corps Ball, presented annually by World Business Chicago and Chicago Sister Cities…

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Chicago-Osaka Social Services Exchange

On November 9, a delegation of Chicago social service professionals will be traveling to Osaka, Japan for a week-long exchange as part of CSCI’s ongoing social services exchanges. Ten interdisciplinary social service professionals from the metropolitan Chicago area will visit sites and dialogue with Japanese professionals about their culture and best practices in social services….

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Prague Committee Celebrates the National Day of the Czech Republic

On Saturday, October 26, 2013, the Prague Committee of CSCI and Hon. Dana Huňátová, Consul General of the Czech Republic, hosted a reception to celebrate the National Day of the Czech Republic. Special Guests included Mons. Václav Malý, Auxiliary Bishop of Prague and H.E. Petr Gandalovic, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the U.S.A. They…