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WorldChicago Online Auction "Chicago - New Delhi" Is Now Open!

***New Items Added***

The auction will run from August 1, 2012 to September 16, 2012, with proceeds going to WorldChicago in order to support programs of Citizen Diplomacy in Chicago. Auction items include great get-aways, overnight stays in some of Chicago's finest hotels, restaurant and theater packages, sports memorabilia, yoga classes, autographed copies of books and more.  All items are guaranteed to delight and surprise. So, tell your friends, family, and community. Let the bidding begin!


This auction will close just in time for our Fall Cultural Fundraiser, "Incredible India- A Night to Remember."  Please plan to join us in Chicago on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 6:00pm at the Union League Club of Chicago for a night of Indian culture and fun- hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and dance!  More information below


Temporary Housing Needs- WorldChicago Seeks hosts for 2 weeks to 2 months


Anna, a FLEX student from Ukraine,

meeting her Chicago host sister for the first time!   

FLEX student  

 Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program: Russia, Moldova and Ukraine  


Description: The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program has been a program of the U.S. Department of State for nearly 20 years. The program seeks to promote mutual understanding between the United States and the countries of Eurasia by providing secondary school students (ages 15-17) the opportunity to live in the U.S. for an academic year.  


WorldChicago needs your help!  We are seeking temporary host family placements for three female students from Russia, Moldova and Ukraine.  They will arrive this month to begin school at South Shore International College Preparatory High School or Lincoln Park High School.


WorldChicago seeks homestay families for 2 weeks to 2 months in Hyde Park and Lincoln Park and their neighboring areas for-

  • Olga, from Russia, attends an art school, where she plays the accordion and electronic piano.
  • Polina, from Ukraine, loves English, German, and chemistry, and she aspires to be a doctor. 
  • Inga, from Moldova, enjoys participating in drama and debate club, and she just completed piano and vocal training.

Help us provide these exchange students with a meaningful start to their academic year in Chicago!  The placement deadline is Tuesday, August 21, 2012. If you are interested, please contact John Baum at or 312-254-1800 x100.


To apply, click here.



WorldChicago Cultural Fundraiser

Incredible India- A Night to Remember

Chairperson: WorldChicago Board Member, Greta Pope


Join us in supporting Citizen Diplomacy initiatives in Chicago!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Union League Club of Chicago

65 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604


Enjoy a night of Indian culture and fun- hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and a live dance performance by Natya Dance Theatre, amongst the most critically acclaimed and culturally treasured Indian dance companies in the United States!  Join in on the bidding fun too; there will be an excellent live and silent auction!


Ticket Price/Registration:  $100 per person 


Our Grand Live Auction Prize is a trip to India!  

            This package includes:


2 round-trip tickets from Chicago to New Delhi, India, with service from New Delhi to Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Kochi, or Chennai and from one of the above cities back to New Delhi, courtesy of Air India

  • 3 nights stay in a junior suite at the luxurious Sofitel Mumbai
  • 2 nights stay at the chic Crowne Plaza Bengaluru in Bangalore


Our Grand Silent Auction Prize is a trip to a fabulous destination in the U.S.!

This package includes:

United Airlines unofficial 



2 round-trip tickets from Chicago to any destination in the United States,  

courtesy of United Airlines (Including Alaska and Hawaii!!!)

  • Hotel to be announced

Thank you to our Silver Sponsors

Boeing cropped

Mr. and Mrs. Steven and Jessica Sarowitz    


Thank you to our Bronze Sponsors

Allerton Hotel Chicago

Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown

Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown

Hotel Indigo Chicago Downtown


Sponsorship Opportunities - Questions? Contact Lexy Gore at or (312) 254-1800 x103.


Bronze Sponsor $1,500

Silver Sponsor $2,500

Gold Sponsor $5,000


WorldChicago Coffee Conversations
"Emerging Leaders in Brazilian Government"

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Chicago Cultural Center
Millennium Park Room, 5th Floor
78 E. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602

WorldChicago will host a public forum for three government officials from Brazil who will address current events, government structure and politics in Brazil.   


Come hear from the Mayor of a town in Santa Catarina, a Legal Advisor in the Federal Senate and a government official for international relations from Rio de Janeiro.


These delegates will be participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program.  Q & A to follow.   


Continental breakfast will be provided.


Cost & Registration: WorldChicago members, free

Members, contact Lexy Gore to register at (312) 254-1800 x103 or 


Non-member Registration: $10 per person


Global Experience, Making a Local Impact on Your Career - A Roundtable Discussion Co-sponsored by WorldChicago, Harold Washington College, and Illinois Institute of Technology


Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Harold Washington College, Room #1115

30 E. Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Networking! Networking! Networking!


Join us for this careers focused event that will welcome current professionals from the following sectors as roundtable discussion leaders - 1) business; 2) technology; 3) non-profit; 4) arts and architecture. The event will begin with introductions from our career professionals and then attendees will break up into small groups to begin brief rotations. All attendees will have the opportunity to hear from each round-table leader about the influences of previous international experiences on their career paths and how they got to where they are today. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and engage in small group conversation with current professionals. This event is ideal for college students, graduate students, recent grads, and those looking for new opportunities.


Light refreshments will be served. Dress is business casual.  


Advance registration required. Link here.  



Russia and Turkey Legislative Fellowship Program

Chicago Dates: October 12 - November 7, 2012

Description: 8 Emerging Public Policy Leaders from Russia and Turkey will be completing fellowships at State and Local Government Offices and NGO's in Chicago.    

All participants are fluent in English.  Individual profiles are available for these fellows.     


If interested in hosting 1-2 of these Legislative Fellows in your home, please contact John Baum at (312) 254-1800 x100 or


South & Central Asian Legislative Fellows Program  

Chicago Dates: October 21 - November 7, 2012      

Description: 4 Emerging Public Policy Professionals from 4 South & Central Asian Countries will be completing fellowships at State and Local Government Offices and NGO's in Chicago.  All participants are fluent in English.     


Home stays are needed for all of these delegates.  A small stipend is available for homestay hosts. 


What do we need?
Each guest with his or her own bed and access to a private or shared bathroom;

Quality time spent with guests to share experiences and insights about daily life and culture in Chicago    


Stipends are available to homestay hosts for both programs.  If interested in hosting 1-2 of these Legislative Fellows in your home, please contact John Baum at (312) 254-1800 x100 or


International Visitor Leadership Program:

Description: This U.S. Department of State program identifies foreign leaders in a variety of fields to visit the U.S. for 3 weeks (visiting 3-5 cities) to meet their professional counterparts, explore their thematic interest area(s), and experience America firsthand. These visitors stay in hotels.    


If you are interested in meeting with these visitors professionally and/or socially for meals in your home, please contact John Baum at (312) 254-1800 x100 or to request these opportunities (please note that not all requests may be met due to scheduling conflicts and programming goals). Meal hospitality has specifically been requested for the visitor programs highlighted below in red. Priority for meal hosting is given to current WorldChicago members.      

  • South Korea -Opera Management - August 19 - 22
  • Zimbabwe - Economic Development - August 19 - 22
  • Chile - Human Trafficking Prevention - August 25 - 29
  • Brazil - Government Accountability - August 29 - September 2
  • Brazil - High School Exchanges - August 29 - September 2
  • Romania - Social Media and Youth Activism - August 30 - September 6
  • France Economic Integration -  September 5 - 8
  • Yemen - Economic Policy - September 4 - 8
  • Germany - US Election - September 6 - 9

Bridging the Gap: An Interfaith Concert of Muslim and Jewish Music

Sunday, September 2, 2012, 7:00pm

American Islamic College, 640 W. Irving Park, Chicago


Included on the program will be the US premiere of Josip Slavenski's "Muslimani," Ilya Levinson's "Shtetl Scenes," works by John Williams, Shehidi and traditional Bosnian sevdah music adapted for orchestra by conductor Philip Simmons. Imam Senad Agic will be vocal soloist, joined by guest speaker Rabbi Neil Brief and the Chicago Syntagma Musicum Chorus. The event includes a photo exhibit, "20 Years Later, Remembering the Genocide in Bosnia," by Samir Hadzalic. Presented by the American Islamic Center of Bosniaks in Chicago, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, and American Music Festivals.  


Tickets are $25

Visit Call 847-530-4061 for more information.


Casa Cultura Brasiliera Presents: CeleBrasil

Thursday, September 6, 2012, 6:30-9:30pm

Floating World Gallery, 1925 North Halsted Street, Chicago


CeleBrasil is the celebration of the vibrant nation and culture of Brazil with entertainment, cuisine, honorees and networking. This event, sponsored in part by the Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago, will feature a photo exhibition, a live dance performance by Luna Negra, and a Capoeira performance. Brazilian specialties will be served alongside beer, wine, and the cocktail of Brazil, the caipirinha - all included in the ticket price of $75.


Learn more at and Buy your ticket today at



Support Citizen Diplomacy in Chicago Today! 

Lexy Gore, Associate Director - Outreach