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WorldChicago is seeking a "holiday season" host family placement for a female student from Russia. Olga arrived in Chicago in August and is now attending Lincoln Park High School.  She is currently staying with a temporary host family in the area.   If interested in hosting Olga for the holidays, from mid-November through New Year's, please contact Peggy Parfenoff at or (312) 254-1800 x101.  What a great way to globalize your holiday tables!  


International Trade Club of Chicago Fall Trade Lecture and Business Networking Reception


Thursday, October 18, 2012

5:00pm: Lecture / Q&A
6:00pm: Reception

The John Marshall Law School, Suite 1200

315 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604


In cooperation with: 

JMLS3 World Chicago
Join the international business community for a stimulating presentation followed by cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.  Enjoy a lecture by featured speaker, Nicholas Kralev, author of America's Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st Century Diplomacy, journalist, lecturer and founder of Center on the Practice of Diplomacy.

Cost: $25 members of ITCC, WorldChicago***, The John Marshall Law School faculty and staff
***WorldChicago members, contact Karolina Maslanka at for the discount code.
$40 non-members, register here.

WorldChicago Young Internationals Event

Open to young professionals and those young at heart! 

"Traditional Asian Ink Painting Class"

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Lillstreet Art Center, 4401 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640


After learning the basic brush strokes of tradition Asian ink painting, each participant will go home with 4 small paintings of bamboo, plum blossom, chrysanthemum and orchid. The four flowers represent the four seasons and are traditionally compared to Confucius "gentleman." The class will be taught by Lillstreet instructor, Allison Svoboda.   


Enjoy wine & cheese too! 


Note: Limited class capacity.  Register early!

Registration: $25 per person 


WorldChicago Coffee Conversations-Brown Bag Series

" FLEX-International High School Students Reflect on their Experiences in Chicago Homes & Schools"

Monday, November 12, 2012
12:00-1:00pm *Note- Different time than other Coffee Conversations*

WorldChicago Office, 72 E. Randolph Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60601


WorldChicago will host a public forum for 5 high school students currently living and studying in Chicago for the full academic year.  These 5 students are from Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.  They will share their insights and experiences as participants of U.S. Department of State's Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program. Q&A to follow


Cost & Registration: WorldChicago members, free

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

Non-member Registration: $10 per person   


WorldChicago Annual Meeting & Holiday Party

"Around the World with WorldChicago & the Chicago Photography Center"

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Chicago Photography Center, 3301 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657  


Celebrate the holidays with an international photography exhibit representing international photos from local photographers. Photos from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Enjoy international foods and wine with WorldChicago and Chicago Photography Center members and friends.   


Cost and Registration: $25.00 per person


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.  

  • Austria - Elections - October 27-30   
  • Kazakhstan - Special Education - November 2-7
  • Thailand - U.S. Elections - November 4-7  
  • China- U.S. Legal System-November 14-18 In-home dinner hospitality requested for this delegation of 5 legal professionals and 2 interpreters on the evening of Thursday, November 15th.  This group may be split into two smaller groups for hosting.  If interested, please contact Lexy Gore at (312) 254-1800 x103 or    

Fulcrum Point New Music Project  

Fiesta Latina: 14th Annual Benefit

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 7:00pm

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago


Fulcrum Point New Music Project musicians, led by Stephen Burns, will perform Latin music & dance from Mexico, Spain and the Andes with special guests: Sones de Mexico Ensemble, Flamenco artist Chiara Mangiameli, young musicians and dancers from ChiArts High School, and their own Sound Tracks Plus students from Waters Elementary School.


For tickets and more information, visit  


First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights Presents

Authors, Bill Tammeus and Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn

"They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust"

Sunday, October 28, 2012 

7:00-8:30pm, in the Sanctuary 

First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, 302 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004


Join Bill Tammeus, a former nationally syndicated columnist for the Kansas City Star, and Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn, descendant of Polish Rabbis and the spiritual leader of the New Reform Temple in Kansas City, Missouri, as they discuss their book which unfolds many Holocaust stories that have never before been made public: gripping narratives of Jews who survived against all odds and courageous non-Jews who risked their own lives to provide shelter.  


More information, link here


Free of charge. Open to the public.


Hostelling International Chicago 2012 Peace Conference: Disruptive Thinking

Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hostelling International Chicago, 24 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60605


WorldChicago Executive Director, Peggy Parfenoff, is pleased to be a part of this conference as a panelist on "Innovative International Connections" on October 27th. 


This conference promotes peace through innovative thinking, pushing traditional boundaries, and active participation in our communities.  Conference registrants will have the opportunity to attend workshops and roundtable discussions with diverse local experts and community leaders; visit a local art gallery; attend a film screening and discussion presented by the Peace on Earth Film Festival; cultivate inner peace with a certified yoga instructor; enjoy an interactive, multicultural music and dance showcase presented by Old Town School of Folk Music; and benefit from built-in networking time.


Workshop topics will include peace through travel, sustainable agriculture, gun violence in Chicago, women's empowerment and peace; gender and sexuality issues; art and social justice; Israeli-Palestinian peace; and innovative international connections.


Keynote presentation by disruptive thinker Dr. Norman G. FinkelsteinWhat Gandhi Says.

Register online at   


Contact HI-Chicago Community Liaison Sharday El-Assar at or 312-583-2227 for more information.


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Lexy Gore, Associate Director - Outreach