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Chicago Leads Global Conversation Around Urban Waterways

  Chicago is continuing to lead the global conversation around the use of waterways in urban centers. On March 12 and 13, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo convened 17 mayors spanning five continents, 11 countries and who represent 44 million people for the Urban Waterways Forum in Chicago. The event, co-hosted by…

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Paris Committee Co-Chair Brett August Receives 2016 Chicago Sister Cities International Volunteer of the Year Award

Brett A. August, Co-Chair of the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI), was awarded the Third Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Volunteer of the Year Award. Brett was selected by CSCI for his work over the past year, including leading the ten-day 20th anniversary celebration of the Chicago-Paris sister city relationship in October…

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Paris/Chicago – Film retrospective 2016-2017

The City of Lights and the Windy City come together at the Alliance Francaise de Chicago for their Film Retrospective 2016-17 as they highlight the 20th anniversary of sister cities Chicago and Paris. Join guest speakers from both sides of the ocean as they show the Paris they love. Discover Chicago filmmakers with a selection of…

Chicago-Paris Education Exchanges

The years 2015 and 2016 have been wonderful years for school exchanges between Chicago and Paris. Schools have shared ideas via emails, postcards, and Skype for some time now, and have had the chance to cross the Atlantic and meet in person. These exchanges are based on a common educational project chosen by the teachers…

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Paris Committee Cheers at the Paris Marathon

The Paris Committee of CSCI and friends cheered on 43,000 runners during the 40th running of the Paris Marathon on April 3.  Across from the Eiffel Tower on the Avenue du Président Kennedy at the 30 kilometer point, thousands of people gathered to shout and cheer.  The footbridge over the course provided a perfect spot…

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Chicago Sister Cities International Welcomes New Co-Chairs

Recently, the Advisory Board of Chicago Sister Cities International approved a resolution to require each of our sister city committees to have two individuals serve as co-chairs. To this end, CSCI is honored to welcome five newly appointed co-chairs: Ruben Ocampo, Co-Chair of the Bogota Committee Annette Seaburg, Co-Chair of the Gothenburg Committee Adriana Escárcega,…

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Chicago City Council Passes Resolutions to Mark Anniversaries of Four of Chicago’s Sister City Relationships

Today, Chicago City Council passed resolutions to mark the anniversaries of four of Chicago’s sister city relationships: 25 years with Kyiv, Ukraine; Mexico City, Mexico; and Toronto, Canada; and 20 years with Paris, France. The resolutions were presented to the Honorable Larysa Gerasko, Consul General of Ukraine; the Honorable Carlos Martín Jiménez Macías, Consul General…

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Chicago Stands with Paris

  As sister cities since 1996, the people of Chicago stand together stronger than ever with the people of Paris. We extend our friendship, support and solidarity with Mayor Anne Hidalgo and our friends in Paris and all of France. In the wake of the recent tragedy in Paris, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “Tonight…

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Sister City Committees Cheer on Runners at Bank of America Chicago Marathon

In celebration of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Gothenburg, Hamburg, Osaka, Paris and Vilnius Committees of Chicago Sister Cities International joined with international organizations and foreign consulates to cheer on and celebrate international runners at points along the marathon route on Sunday, October 11, 2015. The Birmingham, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Mexico City and Paris…

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2015 Chicago-Paris School Exchanges

Thus far 2015 has been a wonderful year for school exchanges between Chicago and Paris schools who have shared ideas via email, postcards, and Skype for some time and now have had the chance to cross the Atlantic and meet in person. These exchanges are based on a common educational project chosen by the teachers…

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Paris Committee Chair Receives France’s Knight of the Legion of Honor

Brett August, Chair of the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, received the highest award given by France to civilians or military offers when he was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor, or Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, on May 1. The decree of knighthood was signed by President Hollande of France….

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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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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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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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University of Chicago Crew Club Makes Threepeat Visit to Paris

Stephanie Leese Emrich Member of the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International Rowing Exchange Chair for the Paris Committee— As was recently evidenced by the participation of multiple CSCI committees in the Chicago marathon, sports and recreation offers an excellent way to connect people of different cultures. To this end, the Paris Committee of…

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Welcoming French Runners to the Chicago Marathon

David Reithoffer Vice Chair of the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International— Various Chicago Sister Cities International committees participated in last weekend’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon by organizing cheering stations along the marathon route and hosting receptions for foreign runners.  David Reithoffer, vice-chair of the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, writes about the…

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International Cheering Stations at Bank of America Chicago Marathon Route

In celebration of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, various Chicago Sister Cities International committees join with international organizations and foreign consulates to cheer on and celebrate international runners at points along the marathon route on Sunday, October 13. Stations will have signs in foreign languages, flags and other activities. View Chicago Marathon Cheering Stations…