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Chicago-Paris 20th Anniversary Celebration


In 2016, Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) and its Paris Committee are proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Paris. Then mayors Richard M. Daley of Chicago and Jaques Chirac of Paris signed the sister city agreement between the two cities in September of 1996. Since then, Chicago and Paris have built a strong sister city relationship built on common bonds and celebration of cultures through programs, initiatives and exchanges in multiple areas, including arts and culture, business, education, sports, social services and the sharing of best practices among government officials and departments.

To celebrate this milestone, the Paris Committee of CSCI will present programs from October 7–16, 2016 throughout Chicago. To learn more about the full celebration and a detailed list of event, please visit chicagosistercities.com/ParisAnniversary.

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Committee Co-Chair: Brett August
Committee Co-Chair: David Reithoffer
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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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Eurovision Song Contest Viewing Party

Join Us For A Live Broadcast From Europe’s Favorite Music Competition Chicago Sister Cities International presents a free Eurovision Song Contest Viewing Party on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 2 p.m.-5:30 (or when the contest ends!). The contest will be streamed live from Stockholm, Sweden. Before American Idol, there was the Eurovision Song Contest. Since…

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Eurovision Song Contest Viewing Party

Chicago Sister Cities International presents a free Eurovision Song Contest Viewing Party on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 2 p.m.-5:30 (or when the contest ends!). The contest will be streamed live from Vienna, Austria. Before American Idol, there was the Eurovision Song Contest. Since 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest has been one of Europe’s most…

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CSCI at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

In celebration of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, various Chicago Sister Cities International committees joined with international organizations and foreign consulates to cheer on and celebrate international runners at points along the marathon route on Sunday, October 12. Committee Cheering Station Locations • Gothenburg, Sweden: Sandburg Terrace at LaSalle Street, between Goethe and Schiller • Osaka,…

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Chicago Sister Cities International Festival

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…

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The Bridge Jazz Concert

The inaugural concert of The Bridge, a network of jazz musicians from Chicago and France who have come together to promote transatlantic musical exchange, takes place this April in Chicago. The Bridge was founded to encourage all aspects of musical collaboration, including touring, recording and documenting jazz and improvisational music across cultures. A network of…