World Chicago


Join us this Friday!

WorldChicago Coffee Conversations Series  

"Entrepreneurship:  From Africa to Chicago"    

Friday, June 22, 2012 

8:00 - 9:30 am Chicago Cultural Center

Garland Room, 1st Floor

78 E. Washington Street

Chicago, IL 60602  


WorldChicago will host a public forum for seven emerging business and social entrepreneurial leaders from Africa participating in the US Department of State's Mentoring Partnerships for Young African Leaders.  The young leaders, representing Angola, Chad, Djibouti, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and South Africa will share the successes and challenges of their individual projects and discuss their mentorship experiences in Chicago.  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

We look forward to seeing you!

WorldChicago would like to extend a big thank you to The Honeycomb Project for announcing our homestay host opportunities in their newsletter! Get to know The Honeycomb Project, a wonderful

nonprofit organization in Chicago that creates and manages meaningful volunteer projects for parents to enjoy with their kids. Have fun, feel good and make a difference - together.  Visit for more information!     


If you know of any other organizations that might be interested in promoting our homestay host opportunities, please let us know!  Contact Amy Krzyzek at (312) 254-1800 x102 or  Thank you for helping us to spread the word about these unique and fun opportunities!

Summer 2012 Youth Leadership Programs


Description: This summer, WorldChicago is recruiting up to 40 Chicago-area host families for 1-2 week youth leadership programs in July and August.  The youth, who speak English fluently, have been selected from a pool of thousands to be young ambassadors for their country. Join us in welcoming them for a very memorable summer in Chicago!


United Kingdom Youth Dialogue Program

Wednesday, July 11 - Friday, July 20 

12 youth and 2 adult chaperones from London will be in Chicago to explore intercultural dialogue. To learn more, please contact John Baum at  or 312-254-1800 x 100.


Mexico J�venes en Acci�n Program

Friday, July 20 - Saturday, August 4

13 youth from multiple cities in Mexico will visit to Chicago to learn about strategies to combat gang violence. To learn more, please contact Amy Krzyzek at or 312-254-1800 x 102.


Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program

Sunday, July 22 - Friday, August 3

8 Iraqi youth, 4 U.S. youth (from Vermont and Montana), and 1 Iraqi adult chaperone will visit Chicago to explore civic activism and leadership development. To learn more, please contact Anita Daniel at 312-254-1800 x 107.


What we need: Host families provide a bed (can be a shared room) and most breakfasts and dinners, while WorldChicago provides daily activities, lunches, phones, and transportation passes.



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


Chicago Dates: August 2012 - June 2013 (exact dates TBD)

Semester opportunities available too!


Description: WorldChicago is excited to place 5 FLEX Program students in Chicago-area homes for the upcoming academic year!  The Future Leaders Exchange Program provides an opportunity for high school students from Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine to experience life as a student in the United States. These young people live with host families, attend local schools, engage in volunteer work, and educate Americans about their countries and cultures. FLEX students are among the very best and brightest in their countries and are fluent in English.


Host Manas, 17, from Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan who has a broad range of interests, including horseback riding, cooking, soccer, aikido, modern dance, American pop music, and mystery novels.


Host Polina, 15, from Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine, an aspiring doctor whose hobbies include gymnastics, reading, cooking, photography, and exploring nature.


Host Olga, 16, from Ozersk, Russia who plays the accordion and electronic piano and who wants to improve her English skills so she may someday be a translator.


To find out more, link here


Don't miss this unique opportunity to discover the traditions and worldviews of these youth ambassadors! If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Amy at or 312-254-1800 x 102.

WorldChicago London Olympics  

Opening Ceremonies Party

In partnership with the International Trade Club of Chicago


Friday, July 27, 2012
Dave and Buster's
1030 N. Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60610

Join us as we celebrate the start of the Olympic Games!  The festivities include a buffet dinner, cash bar, trivia games & prizes, and lots of socializing. We will enjoy our party in a private banquet room with a huge TV screen airing the Opening Ceremony (for those interested in quiet viewing) and in a separate bar space (for those who want prefer to view and brew).

Bring your friends; join us for this fun party as we commemorate this global celebration!

Cost: $30.00 per person; cash bar

WorldChicago Coffee Conversations Series  

"Building on the Future of Iraq - Perspectives from Youth Leadership Participants"   


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

8:30 - 9:30 am

Chicago Cultural Center

Garland Room, 1st Floor

78 E. Washington Street

Chicago, IL 60602  


WorldChicago will host a public forum for a delegation of teens on the U.S. Department of State sponsored Iraqi-US Young Leaders Program.  Participants will spend a week in Chicago living with homestay families and exploring the themes of volunteerism, citizenship, democracy, and cross-cultural friendship and understanding.  Based on their experiences in Chicago, come hear how they will use what they have learned to effect change in their communities.  Q & A to follow.   


Continental breakfast will be provided.


Non-member Registration: $10 per person


WorldChicago members, free

Members, contact Lexy Gore to register at (312) 254-1800 x103 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).  Priority for meal hosting is given to current WorldChicago members.    

  • China- Climate Change- June 21-26   
  • Mexico- Museum Management-June 24-27  
  • Serbia-Domestic Violence Prevention-June 24-27
  • Regional Project- Middle East Conflict Resolution-June 26-30
  • Egypt- Trade and Investment-June 26-30    
  • Morocco - Role of Journalism-July 4-7
  • Regional Project - Middle East Arts Management-July 10-14
  • Iraq-Media Management- July 11 to 14 In-home meal hospitality requested for 6 media professionals for the evening of Thursday, July 12If interested, please contact Anita Daniel at (312) 254-1800 x107 or 

Seagull Institute Networking Reception

Seagull Institute organizes Educational trips to Chicago and to Paris for Undergraduate and Graduate Business Students. Join this reception to welcome 23 French Graduate Students who will be studying in Chicago for 20 days to learn about American Sports Business.


Thursday, June 21, 2012


Fornelli Hall

55 East Washington Street (Washington and Michigan), Chicago, IL  


This reception is free (Light food will be provided)


Please RSVP here

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs Young Professionals Presents
"Dancing with the Czars:  A Global Affairs Pub Quiz"
is pleased to be a partner for this event.

Join in for this annual world trivia challenge!  They will have questions about international sports & entertainment, global economy, geography, world affairs, culture, and more.  

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Cactus Bar & Grill / 404 South Wells
(Ages 21 and older: ID required)


5:30 p.m. - Doors open

6:30 p.m. - Quiz begins

8:30 p.m. - Winners and prizes announced


CCGA YP & WorldChicago Members $10* / Nonmembers $15  

Admission includes two drink tickets and food.


WorldChicago members, please email  for the member rate promo code.


Non-members, click here to register.


Join Governor Quinn, the Illinois Muslim American Advisory Council and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce for a Reception to Learn About Growth Opportunities for Illinois Businesses in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries


Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Reza's Restaurant, 432 W. Ontario Avenue, Chicago, IL


RSVPs required by June 22 to Yusuf Siddiquee at


Support Citizen Diplomacy in Chicago Today! 

Lexy Gore, Director of Events & Outreach