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International Visitor Leadership Program: If you are interested in meeting with these visitors professionally and/or socially for meals in your home, please contact Maria Krasinski (312) 254-1800 x102 or  read more...

China - Wrongful Conviction Prevention - Dec 14-17, 2014

Germany - Foreign Policy and Security Issues - Jan 30- Feb 4

Multi-Regional - Women in STEM Fields - Feb 9-12

Multi-Regional - European Financial Markets - Feb 12-15


President Peggy Parfenoff talks about WorldChicago and Citizen Diplomacy



Mission Statement: WorldChicago’s mission is to facilitate professional and personal interactions for international leaders during official visits to Chicago; to enhance respect and communication through international exchanges and alliances; and to promote the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, and Cook County as important centers of business and culture.

2014 Annual Report Click Here!

WorldChicago hosts events, programs and meetings for over 1000 international delegates each year. Our Education Initiative brings many of these delegates into Chicago classrooms providing local students with unique international exchanges and experiences. WorldChicago offers Chicago-area citizens ways to be involved, including professional hosting, expertise sharing and social dinner-hosting. We offer full-day cultural experiences; home stay hosting; the opportunity to attend WorldChicago events to network and meet other internationally-minded Chicagoans. We also offer interesting and meaningful mentoring, internship, and volunteer opportunities. WorldChicago is a non-profit organization that achieves these goals through federal government and private programs and individual donations. More About Us

2014 Board of Directors

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Youth Leadership Homestay Host Program

Internships at WorldChicago

WorldChicago is a nonprofit organization that organizes professional and cultural exchange programs for U.S. Department of State and other federal government-sponsored international visitors. WorldChicago seeks college students, graduate students, and recent grads with an interest in international affairs to fill various volunteer internship roles on a full or part-time basis for 3 to 4 months.

Applicants must possess excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Research, event planning, marketing, and social media experience a plus. Internships are unpaid, but WorldChicago is able to offer course credit.

Internships follow three primary tracks: International Programs, Youth Programs, and Events & Outreach

To apply for an internship, please submit a current resume and one-page cover letter (Word or PDF) that addresses why you are applying for the internship; your relevant experience; which internship category you would prefer to work in; and the skills or experience you are most interested in gaining through the internship.

Details on specific internships...

Volunteer Application Form -Volunteer Opportunities with International Visitor





Chicago Celebrates International Women's Day

Monday, March 9, 2015
International Fair: 10:30 AM
Keynote Luncheon: 12:00
Union League Club of Chicago
65 W. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL

Hosted by:  International Trade Club of Chicago, Union League Club of Chicago, WorldChicago

For information or questions please contact Abbey Jennings at or at (312) 254-1800.

For payment/registration click here

2015 WorldChicago Spring Diplomacy Luncheon

Wednesday, March 20, 2015
Featuring Dr. Deborah Bekken, Co-Curator, Cyrus Tang Hall of China, The Field Museum
Re-imagining and revitalizing the Chinese collections at Field Museum
The University Club
Cathedral Hall
76 E. Monroe
Chicago, IL

Join WorldChicago on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 for a fascinating insider’s perspective on the excitement and challenges of bringing the Cyrus Tang Hall of China Exhibition to The Field Museum of Natural History!

The 2014 WorldChicago Spring Diplomacy Luncheon will feature keynote speaker Deborah Bekken, Co-Curator for Cyrus Tang Hall of China, opening in June at The Field Museum.  Dr. Bekken will present about her role and the process of bringing this new permanent exhibition of Chinese artifacts to Chicago.  Dr. Bekken will provide an inside look at the conversations with scholars from the US and China as well as the multi-year process of putting together Cyrus Tang Hall of China.

For sponsorship information or questions please contact Abbey Jennings at or at (312) 254-1800.

$125 Ticket

$75 Young Professional Ticket



WorldChicago participants in Department of State exchange programs, please be sure to register with the Department of State's International Exchange Alumni Website and complete WorldChicago's Visitor Program Survey.

WorldChicago professional meeting hosts please be sure to complete our brief Program Survey.
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Watch the video above. WorldChicago's Sports & Disabilities Exchange between Chicago and Brazil -The Path to the Paralympics! Sponsored by US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

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