Sister City since 2004
Since the Sister Cities signing in June, 2004, Amman and Chicago have continued to develop a growing relationship to improve the quality of life of the citizens of each city and foster a meaningful relationship. The committee is works on a diverse array of projects relating to urban affairs, education, culture, economic development, social services and fundraising.
In 2006, Mayor Daley traveled to Amman to visit with King Abdullah II and the Mayor of Amman, Omar Maani – who has since visited Chicago three times. Most recently, Mayor Maani visited Chicago to co-chair the U.S.-Arab Cities Forum, which brought together more than 50 Mayors from the Arab world in Chicago to discuss education, environment and economic development initiatives on a municipal level.
Through the years, the Amman Committee has fostered meaningful social service and humanitarian exchanges that have had a lasting impact here in Chicago and in Amman. In 2007 alone, the Amman Committee of Chicago Sister Cities donated more than $200,000 worth of hearing aids to the King Hussein Cancer Center in Jordan, as well as a donation of five ambulances to the City of Amman. As part of the hearing aid donation, their Royal Highnesses, Princess Ghida Talal and Princess Dina Mired, accepted the gifts at a Sister City press conference in October, 2007.
Amman Committee Activities
Committee Chair: Phil Palmer
Current and former mayors from a selection of Chicago’s sister cities were in attendance at the 2017 Chicago Forum on Global Cities from June 7-9, 2017, including: Akel Biltaji, Former Mayor of Amman, Jordan Mubashir Javed, Mayor of Lahore, Pakistan Adriana Krnáčová, Mayor of Prague, Czech Republic Suh Byung-soo, Mayor of Busan, South Korea John…
Phil Palmer, newly appointed co-chair of the Amman committee of CSCI, recently traveled to Jordan and met with several of Amman’s sister city committee members (who came out despite the city being shutdown from extreme weather). They discussed areas of shared interest and outlined several goals for 2015. Picture above from left to right: Eng….
H.E. Dr. Alia Bouran, Ambassador of Jordan to the United States visited Chicago, along with Mr. Fawaz Bilbeisi, Director of the Economic & Commerce Bureau of the Embassy of Jordan and Mr. Rami Kharab, Consul at the Embassy of Jordan. They promoted trade with Jordan, met with World Business Chicago, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and…
The 8th Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival transforms Daley Plaza into an international village filled with food, music, dance and merchants, August 5-9, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Chicago’s 28 international sister cities will be represented at the festival, where visitors will be able to sample international cuisine and view live cultural…
During Arab Heritage Month, the Amman Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International hosted the screening of this first-ever independent film to come out of Jordan, Captain Abu Raed, with a guest appearance by Amin Matalqa (writer, director and producer of Captain Abu Raed).
The Honorary Consul of Jordan and the Amman Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International Program welcomed HRH Princess Ghida Tala and HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, rising over $71,000 for the King Hussein Cancer Center at a Night of Jordanian Fashion on Sunday, October 5th at Alhambra Palace and Restaurant. The fashion extravaganza featured…
The Amman and Petach Tikva committees of CSCI co-hosted a reception and concert performed by pianist Mark Damisch. The event was a send-off to Mr. Damisch’s Middle East tour, which included visits to Amman and Petach Tikva. The Amman Committee hosted a night of American memorable music, “The Trio Chicago and Friends” featuring Gershwin, Ellington…
The Second Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival was held 6/4-6/8 on Daley Plaza. The Chicago -Amman committee ran a Vote for Petra booth fashioned as a Bedouin tent and shared tourism information and encouraged people to vote for Petra as a Natural Wonder of the World.