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Expand Your World!

Host a visitor in your home this summer.

MAY (read more about all the programs)

Professional Fellows Program: May 14-June 4, 4 Adults


Pan-Africa Youth Leadership: June 5-13, 24 Youth, 2 Adults

India & Pakistan Youth Leadership Program: June 13-18, 15 Youth, 2 Adults

Spain Science Teachers: June 28-July 26, 25 Adults


Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program: July 10-24, 14 Youth, 1 Adult

United Kingdom Youth Leadership Program: July 14-22, 12 Youth, 2 Adults

Mexico Jovenes en Accion: July 22-August 1, 18 Youth


China Youth Leadership Program: Exploring Community Through Arts: Aug 12-23 -10 students


Pan-Africa Youth Leadership: Group III Oct 2-10, 24 Youth, 2 Adults (French speaking)


Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador Youth Ambassadors, September 19-30: 13 students, 2 adult mentors


International Visitor Leadership Program: If you are interested in meeting with these visitors professionally and/or socially for meals in your home, please contact Maria Krasinski (312) 254-1800 x102 or Delegations from Afghanistan, Algeria, China, France, Russia and others read more...



Mission Statement: WorldChicago’s mission is to facilitate professional and personal interactions for international leaders during official visits to Chicago; to enhance respect and communication through international exchanges and alliances; and to promote the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, and Cook County as important centers of business and culture.

2013 Annual Report Click Here!

WorldChicago hosts events, programs and meetings for over 1000 international delegates each year. Our Education Initiative brings many of these delegates into Chicago classrooms providing local students with unique international exchanges and experiences. WorldChicago offers Chicago-area citizens ways to be involved, including professional hosting, expertise sharing and social dinner-hosting. We offer full-day cultural experiences; home stay hosting; the opportunity to attend WorldChicago events to network and meet other internationally-minded Chicagoans. We also offer interesting and meaningful mentoring, internship, and volunteer opportunities. WorldChicago is a non-profit organization that achieves these goals through federal government and private programs and individual donations. More About Us

2014 Board of Directors

2013-14 Corporate Donors and Sponsors


Click Below To See A Video About Homestay Hosting

Youth Leadership Homestay Host Program

Internships at WorldChicago

WorldChicago is a nonprofit organization that organizes professional and cultural exchange programs for U.S. Department of State and other federal government-sponsored international visitors. WorldChicago seeks college students, graduate students, and recent grads with an interest in international affairs to fill various volunteer internship roles on a full or part-time basis for 3 to 4 months.

Applicants must possess excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Research, event planning, marketing, and social media experience a plus. Internships are unpaid, but WorldChicago is able to offer course credit.

Internships follow three primary tracks: International Programs, Youth Programs, and Events & Outreach

To apply for an internship, please submit a current resume and one-page cover letter (Word or PDF) that addresses why you are applying for the internship; your relevant experience; which internship category you would prefer to work in; and the skills or experience you are most interested in gaining through the internship.

Details on specific internships...

Volunteer Application Form -Volunteer Opportunities with International Visitor




Spring Diplomacy Luncheon Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Featuring Keynote Speaker and 2014 Gold Medallion Citizen Diplomacy Award Recipient Ms. Hedy Ratner, Co-Founder & Co-President Emeritus Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC). read more...

11:30 am Reception & 12:00 – 1:30 pm Luncheon and Keynote Presentation

University Club Cathedral Hall, 76 E. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603

More Event Information

$125 Individual Ticket

Silver Sponsors: Boeing I Hampton Inn & Suites I Homewood Suites I Hotel Indigo I Leo Burnett I Louis & Joyce Vitullo

Bronze Sponsors: AKPD I Perkins Coie I Joan Miller I Southwest Airlines I Anonymous I More Sponsor information

Coffee Conversations- Five Guest Speakers from Serbia through the Open World Leadership Center

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Higher Education Reform in Serbia
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

We invite you to join us for lunch!
Non-members click to pay  $15 (includes lunch)

WorldChicago members are free!
To register, contact Abbey Jennings at

Young Professionals International Music Festival Night- May 14, 2014

6:30 pm Happy Hour at Grafton Pub

8:00 pm World Music Wednesday featuring Hadar Noiberg Trio

Part of the Israeli and World Music Festival

Old Town School

4544 N Lincoln Ave.

Chicago, IL

WorldChicago has secured 20 complimentary tickets for the Wednesday, May 14th Hadar Noiberg Trio performance at 8:00 pm as part of the Israeli and World Music Festival. A $10 donation is suggested at the theater door.

Limited number of free tickets you must register to secure your ticket(s) please click read more...

Young Professionals International Trivia Night - May 21, 2014

Globe Pub, 1934 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago


WorldChicago participants in Department of State exchange programs, please be sure to register with the Department of State's International Exchange Alumni Website and complete WorldChicago's Visitor Program Survey.

WorldChicago professional meeting hosts please be sure to complete our brief Program Survey.
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Watch the video above. WorldChicago's Sports & Disabilities Exchange between Chicago and Brazil -The Path to the Paralympics! Sponsored by US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

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