Since the inception of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) in 1960, Chicago has established official relationships with 28 cities in almost every region of the world. Today, Chicago Sister Cities International is the largest and most active Sister Cities organization in the United States. Operating under the guidelines established by Sister Cities International, the program has greatly impacted Chicago’s international activity and its status as a leading global city.
In 2013, CSCI merged with World Business Chicago (WBC) to bind Chicago’s international programming with its global economic development arm and align the inherent commonalities that exist between CSCI and WBC.
This year, CSCI and WBC celebrate 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.
On February 10, the Chicago City Council passed four resolutions to mark the anniversaries of these relationships. The resolutions were presented to the Honorable Larysa Gerasko, Consul General of Ukraine; the Honorable Carlos Martín Jiménez Macías, Consul General of the United Mexican States; the Honorable Roy Norton, Consul General of Canada; and the Honorable Vincent Floreani, Consul General of the French Republic. Mayor Rahm Emanuel was present to congratulate the Consuls General and the respective sister city committee chairs.
CSCI will host events throughout the year celebrating these anniversaries, including a gala for the Kyiv anniversary on September 18 and events from October 7–14 for the Paris anniversary.
CSCI provides leadership to develop, manage, and coordinate comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago’s 28 sister cities, focusing on business, culture, education, immigration, and tourism. CSCI expands Chicago’s global reach benefiting the city of Chicago, its residents, and businesses.
Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for over 500 individual sister cities, counties, and states across the United States with relationships in 2,000 communities in 140 countries. This sister city network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers who work to promote peace and understanding through programs and projects focusing on arts and culture, youth and education, economic and sustainable development.
For more information on CSCI and this year’s anniversary celebrations, visit chicagosistercities.com.