CSCI Celebrated Citizen Diplomacy

2018 Annual Reception highlighted more than 600 volunteers and citizen diplomats

This month, Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) hosted their 2nd Annual Reception at the Chicago Cultural Center, celebrating Chicago’s international sister city relationships and local volunteers.  

With ABC7 Anchor Judy Hsu as the master of ceremonies and Mayor Rahm Emanuel providing the keynote address, the event highlighted the tireless contribution of more than 600 volunteers and citizen diplomats to promote world peace and understanding. The event also marked the anniversaries of four of Chicago’s sister cities: Birmingham, UK (25 years); Lucerne, Switzerland (20 years); Milan, Italy (45 years); Osaka, Japan (45 years); and Vilnius, Lithuania (25 years).

Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about how the sister city program reflects the values that built our city and our country. “Tonight is a celebration of open society, where diversity is embraced,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Chicago was built through the exchange of cultures and values; and when governments fail, people step in. That is citizen diplomacy.”

The famous Swiss Noggeler Carnival Band, from Lucerne, Switzerland; and Chicago’s Junior Mexican Dance Ensemble, provided entertainment throughout the evening.

CSCI, a division of World Business Chicago (WBC), provides leadership to develop, manage, and coordinate comprehensive programs with Chicago’s 28 sister cities in the areas of cultural arts and tourism, global education, government relations, and international business. CSCI expands Chicago’s global reach for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents, and its businesses. For more information, visit