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Seeking Homestay Hosts for Public Policy Professionals from Russia and Turkey participating in the U.S. Department of State's Legislative Fellowship Program.  
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Would you be interested in hosting Sultan from Turkey who works in a Gender Studies Department in Istanbul?  Or Zoya from Russia who heads a civic engagement NGO in Russia?

WorldChicago is hosting 8 public policy officials from Russia and Turkey participating in the US Department of State's Legislative Fellowship Program.  During their time in Chicago, the fellows will complete fellowships with government agencies and non-governmental organizations in Chicago. 

We are currently seeking homestay hosts for 2 female fellows from Russia and 1 female fellow from Turkey. 

Stipend is available for homestay hosts. 

If interested in hosting for this program, please contact John Baum at (312) 254-1800 x100 or


Anna, a FLEX student from Ukraine,

meeting her Chicago host sister for the first time!   

FLEX student 

Join in the Fun and Host Olga or Inga in Your Home!


Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program: Russia & Moldova


WorldChicago needs your help!  We are seeking a permanent host family placement for two female students, one from Russia and one from Moldova.  Olga and Inga will arrive this month to begin school at South Shore International College Preparatory High School.  They will be staying with a temporary host family until mid-September.   If interested in hosting them from mid-September until the end of the school year, please contact Peggy Parfenoff at or (312) 254-1800 x101. Thank you! 


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! 

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The Natya Dance Theatre Company performs Katha, which uses tales and myths of India to explore universal human values in a way that is accessible to diverse audiences. Chicago-based Natya Dance Theatre, under the artistic leadership of acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and dance educator, Hema Rajagopalan, has been hailed by The New York Times as, "Admirably precise... animated... sensual... exceptional... triumphant... daring."  


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!  

Thank you to our airline sponsor  





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

Thank you to our airline sponsor   

United Airlines  



Thank you to our Silver Sponsors

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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 - Contact Lexy Gore at or (312) 254-1800 x103.


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 Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan 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.         


  • Germany - U.S. Election Process - September 6 - 9  
  • Africa Regional Project - Women & Business Development - September 11 - 15
  • France - Sustainable Agriculture - September 14 - 19 
  • Belgium - Journalism and Politics - September 15 - 18 
  • United Kingdom - Law Enforcement - September 23-26
  • India - Secondary Education - September 25-27
  • Multi-Regional Project - Social Entrepreneurship - September 26-29 
  • Yemen - Public Policy - September 29 - October 3 - Seeking in-home dinner hospitality for these 8 public policy officials on Monday, October 1st.  This group may be split into 2 smaller  groups for hosting.  If interested, please contact John Baum at (312) 254-1800 x100 or 

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 -

Arts & Architecture

Frederick Grier, AIA, LEEP AP

Architect, Murphy/Jahn Architects



John Haug, Principal Engineer

Roberson and Associates



Courtney Rowe, Development Coordinator

Girls in the Game



Matthew Michalak, Vice President, Client Manager

Bank of America Merrill Lynch


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 conversations 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.  



WorldChicago Coffee Conversations

"Community Policing In the U.S. & U.K."

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
WorldChicago Office

72 E. Randolph Street, 2nd Floor

Chicago, IL 60601   

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 three law enforcement officials, representing Northern Ireland, Scotland and England.


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 


WorldChicago Coffee Conversations, An Affiliate Event of Chicago Ideas Week  

"Religious Pluralism: Perspectives from Pakistan" 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Chicago Cultural Center  

1st Floor, Garland Room 

78 E. Washington Street

Chicago, IL 60602


WorldChicago will host a public forum for community leaders from Pakistan who will address issues related to religious pluralism in Pakistan.  They will be exploring this issue in the U.S. as participants 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 



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.  


This is a sampling of some of the amazing packages available -  

Chicago Bulls, Joakim Noah, autographed photograph

Opening Bid: $35


Dinner and a Performance - A Night in Evanston 

This package includes:

  • two (2) tickets to any performance of "Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter" at Next Theatre in Evanston
  • $50 gift certificate to Trattoria D.O.C. in Evanston
Opening Bid: $45 

From Hola to Bonjour to Salaam

Bilingual Boot Camp Certificate for a day-long intensive language training session in the language of your choice at Multilingual Chicago (address: 2934 N Milwaukee Ave, Suite C, Chicago, IL 60618) 

Opening Bid: $65



Niagara Foundation Presents Chicago World Forum

featuring H.E. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu

Secretary General, The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)  


WorldChicago is a Co-Sponsor of this event.


Friday, September 21, 2012

11:30am Reception

12:00pm Luncheon


University Club of Chicago

76 E. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603   



$35 online

$45 at the door

Sponsorship opportunities available  


To register and for more information, click here


Chicago Ideas Week

WorldChicago is pleased to host an Affiliate Event with Chicago Ideas Week (see above

Mark your calendars for September 4th! 

Tickets will go on sale for Chicago Ideas Week, which will be held October 8-14 throughout the city.


Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) is a premier annual gathering of global thought leaders created to drive ideas into actionable results.  Co-chaired by Brad Keywell, Eric Lefkosky, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former Mayor Richard M. Daley, CIW brings together widely recognized visionaries to the Midwest to discuss a variety of social topics and share breakthrough concepts.  CIW speakers will include Tom Brokaw, Colin Powell, Edward Norton, Elle Macpherson, Deepak Chopra, and more!  


For only $15 a ticket, you will participate the sharing of ideas, inspiring action, and igniting change to positively impact our world.


Check out the schedule now to start planning your week!  Click here for the schedule or visit for more information.


Turkish American Women's Scholarship Fund in partnership with Old Town School of Folk Music proudly presents


Saturday, September 15, 2012


Old Town School of Folk Music, Gary & Laura Maurer Concert Hall

4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625


Featuring Turkish Classical & folk music and Turkish Tango Classics performed by Lamajamal Band and TACA Turkish Classical Music Choir & Ensemble


Tickets: $25 adults, $21 seniors and kids under 12

For more information and to purchase tickets, link here or via email to 


Major portion of proceeds will benefit TAWSF students.


Expo Chicago

Peggy Parfenoff, WorldChicago Executive Director, is a proud member of the Civic Committee.


Expo Chicago is the inaugural international exposition of contemporary and modern art and design. This innovative exposition will draw on the city's rich history as a preeminent art fair destination and present a new concept for the art world to explore.


Set to occur on Chicago's historic Navy Pier, EXPO CHICAGO will open the fall art season, featuring leading international galleries and offering a curated blend of contemporary and modern art and design. Their museum-quality, concept-driven programming will attract the world's top artists, thinkers, curators and collectors, all with the common aim of fostering new dialogue within the international art community.


September 20-23, 2012

Navy Pier, Festival Hall 


For tickets and more information:


Social Innovation Advocates

Introduce Yourself

Thursday, September 20

6:00 - 9:00pm

Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60660

$12 Early Bird (until September 6th); $15 Online; $18 At the Door  


WorldChicago is pleased to be a partner for this event.


2012 SIA will host Introduce Yourself, an event to introduce ourselves to Chicago's nonprofit and art communities as we celebrate the possibility of a more peaceful and just world. SIA works globally to empower the next generation of social entrepreneurs at the margins of society to create business plans while also connecting them with internships and networking opportunities based on their individual needs. The event will showcase visual and performance art from young Chicago artists, as well as a debut screening of Growing to Khula: Chapter 1, a documentary piece following SIA Founder David Flynn through the KwaZulu-natal during SIA's beginning.


Register here:    


Support Citizen Diplomacy in Chicago Today! 

Lexy Gore, Associate Director - Outreach