World Chicago


Join the 
Chicago Young Internationals 
"Downtown Sound with Citizen Diplomats" 
Event featuring Fatoumata Diawara  

Monday, July 15, 2013

6:30 pm

Millennium Park

201 East Randolph Street

Chicago, IL 60602






Join WorldChicago members, visitors, and friends for an informal evening of free music in Millennium Park featuring Malian singer/songwriter Fatoumata Diawara. We'll be joined by young professionals from Hostelling International, Chicago Area Peace Corps Association (CAPCA) as well as some of our visiting scientists from Spain participating in a teacher training program at Roosevelt University. We'll reserve a space on the lawn with some refreshments, but feel free to bring a blanket and snacks to share!

Born in Cote d'Ivoire to Malian parents, Fatoumata Diawara now lives in France. Her music fuses elements of jazz, pop, and funk along with her ancestral Wassoulou tradition. The Telegraph calls her "the most beguiling talent to hit the world music scene in some time." Scottish artist Alasdair Roberts & Friends opens.

Free. Weather permitting.


WorldChicago will reserve a space on the lawn - LOOK FOR RED
& BLUE BALLOONS! Please bring your own blanket and snacks!
There will also be two volunteers at the red star on the MAP directing attendees to our space on the lawn!


Presented in conjunction with CAPCA, Hostelling International, and 25 visiting Science teachers from Spain participating in the 
bi-lingual teacher training program Roosevelt University.
For more information, please contact Abbey Jennings 
at or (312) 254-1800 x103.

Upcoming Hosting Opportunities


WorldChicago seeks homestay hosts for a number of professional and youth international exchange programs this summer. Delegates participate in meetings and scheduled activities from approximately 9am to 5pm on weekdays, with most evenings and weekends free to spend with host families.

Youth Programs (Ages 15-19)

Here just a few of the many students your family could host:   


Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange: Peace Building Through Sports & The Arts

(a joint program for Iraqi and American youth)

July 20-31

1 more homestay host needed!  Host a 16-year old male from Karbolaa, Iraq who enjoys sports, graphic design, and philosophy and describes himself as a learner eager to develop his English skills. If interested, please contact maria Krasinski at or (312) 254 -1800 x102. 


Professional Programs

Community Connections: Kazakhstan 

July 28-August 16 

3 more homestay hosts needed! WorldChicago seeks homestay hosts for 3 female participants for a delegation from Kazakhstan exploring the topic of HIV awareness. The delegates will be here three weeks for professional meetings about HIV awareness. $300 Stipend available; if interested, please contact Donna Sadlicki at or (312) 254-1800 x 104.  


Thank you for opening your homes and hearts to our visitors this summer! 

International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

This U.S. Department of State program identifies and selects emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields to visit 3-5 cities in the U.S. over a three-week period. Visitors meet their professional counterparts, explore thematic interest areas, and experience American professional and cultural life firsthand. These visitors stay in hotels.

Upcoming IVLP delegations visiting Chicago:

  • Germany - International Trade - July 11-16 
  • Africa Regional Project - Women Entrepreneurship - July 20-24
  • France - Diversity - July 20-24

If interested in learning more about any of these IVLP programs, please contact John Baum at or (312) 254-1800 x100. 


Please join WorldChicago in supporting Citizen Diplomacy in our great city through your support of our upcoming silent auction to take place online from August 1 to September 15, 2013.


Online visibility is beneficial, so utilize this opportunity to market your goods and services to a wide audience, local and global! 

  • Looking to market your new business?  Donate a certificate for complimentary services.
  • Have you published a book?  Donate an autographed copy.
  • Did your restaurant or hotel just open?  Donate a certificate and get the word out!
  • Are you a musician? Donate an autographed copy of your latest CD.

The auction is a major fundraiser for WorldChicago, with proceeds supporting our non-profit organization and programs of Citizen Diplomacy.  We respectfully request your support of this auction through a donation. Your tax-deductible contribution will be acknowledged online and your company's name will be prominently displayed with the auction item on the website.


For more information and/or to make a donation, please contact Abbey Jennings at
 (312) 254-1800 x103.  


WorldChicago Coffee Conversations Series
"Discover Kazakhstan"

Friday, August 9, 2013 
12:00 - 1:30pm

Chicago Cultural Center

78 East Washington Street

5th Floor Millennium Park Room 

Chicago, IL 60602


WorldChicago will host a public forum for ten delegates from the Kazakhstan coming to Chicago on the Open World program through the Library of Congress. Kazakhstan borders Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Krygyzstan, and China, and is the ninth largest country in the world. Kazakhstan has a population of 16.6 million, representing 131 ethnicities including Kazakh, Russian, Ukrainian, German, Uzbek, Tatar, and Uyghur.  It was the last of the Soviet republics to declare independence following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.  
All delegates have extensive professional experience in the healthcare industry in Kazakhstan. At this forum, delegates will discuss their culture and highlight topics such as the state of healthcare practices and innovations in Kazakhstan.  
Click here to learn more about Kazakhstan.

Q & A to follow. Refreshments will be provided.


Members: Free

Contact Abbey Jennings at or (312) 254-1800x103 to register.


Susan M Roman Veterinary Scholarship Award Dinner OCSA logo

Sunday, July 21, 2013 6:00 - 9:00 pm 

The Signature Room at the 95th

875 North Michigan Avenue


Join the leadership of the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization and the American Veterinary Medical Association as three promising veterinary students are awarded the first ever scholarships named in honor of the late co-founder Susan M. Roman by legendary Chicago 

veterinarian Dr. Sheldon Rubin.


Guests will "Fight Ovarian Cancer with Animal Passion" as they enjoy music by Yoko Noge and her Jazz Me Blues Band and a premium 3 course dinner from the restaurant that Chicago looks up to!


Register here


For more information please call Vallie Szymanski at (312) 280-0457.  


Support Citizen Diplomacy in Chicago Today! 

Abbey Jennings, Director of Outreach
(312) 254-1800 x103