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WorldChicago: Citizen Diplomacy one handshake at a time...
In any vibrant democracy, each individual has the responsibility to support global relationships.WorldChicago helps Chicago's Citizen Diplomats become internationally active one handshake at a time to enhance our city's and country's image by hosting visitors, emerging leaders and professional counterparts from around the globe.
Through Citizen Diplomacy, WorldChicago encourages individuals and businesses to build a network of human relationships, which are the foundation for international agreements and cultural cooperation.
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.
WorldChicagooffers 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. WorldChicagois a non-profit organization that achieves these goals through federal government and private programs and individual donations.
Based in Chicago for over half-a-century, starting in 1952 as the Hospitality Center of Greater Chicago, and for the last 60 years as the International Visitors Center of Chicago, WorldChicagostrives to be the vital player in Chicago's global community. So join us in supporting Citizen Diplomacy in your great city!
WorldChicago,501(c) non-profit organization, provides the local community with a unique opportunity to build business relationships and lasting friendships with visitors from around the world. We help enable a better understanding of all cultures, and we help promote Chicago as a vibrant center for commerce, culture, and tourism.
WorldChicago matches the expertise and hospitality of our members with each visitor's professional program objectives and social interests. Ultimately it is the energy and interest of our members that make these programs a continuing success among the foreign policy initiatives of the United States.