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Expand Your World!

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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  read more...

Syria Interfaith Dialogue – Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2014

Near East Asia Regional Program - Domestic Violence - Nov. 5-9, 2014

Near East Asia Murrow Program - Nov.  5-10, 2014

Greek Business Development IVLP  - Nov. 12-15, 2014

Japan International Education - Nov.  16-19, 2014

Africa Regional Program Rule of Law - Nov.  18-22, 2014

Multi Regional Project Investigative Journalism - Nov.  20-25, 2014


President Peggy Parfenoff talks about WorldChicago and Citizen Diplomacy


US Department of State Professional Fellows Program

WorldChicago is now accepting applications from emerging leaders from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Slovenia for our Tech Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Education Fellowship Program Sponsored by US Department of State. Ten emerging leaders from the above countries will be selected to participate in the program in May of 2015.     Selected participants will complete 4 week fellowships with leading tech-related startup companies in a variety of fields, government agencies and NGOs that promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and university and non-university technology incubators. Application deadline for the Spring 2015 program is December 1, 2014.
Please click here for more information and to apply.  Please email John Baum, Vice President WorldChicago, with any questions.


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




Information About All Events


Coffee Conversation
Revitalizing Greece:  A Conversation with Michael Printzos

Friday, November 14, 2014
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St.
5th Floor Washington Room
Chicago, IL
Lunch will be provided!

Come meet Michael Printzos a young Greek business leader promoting entrepreneurship and economic development in Greece, at WorldChicago's next "Coffee Conversation" event! Mr. Printzos is the program director for The Hellenic Initiative (THI), a non-profit dedicated, among others, to nurturing Greek start-ups through training as well as collaboration and networking between the Greek and American business communities. Mr. Printzos will talk about the exciting work that he is doing with THI to revitalize the Greek economy and take questions and comments from the audience."

For more information please contact Abbey Jennings at or (312) 254-1800 ext. 103.

$15 for Non-Members

Free for members but registration is required

2014 Annual Meeting and Holiday Appreciation Party

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
6:00- 8:00 PM
Leo Burnett
35 W Wacker Drive
Burnett Room, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL
$30 per ticket

Join us on December 2nd to celebrate  global culture and the wonderful work WorldChicago hosts, members and volunteers do to promote citizen diplomacy in Chicago!  We couldn't do the work we do without professional hosts, homestay hosts, hospitality hosts, day hosts, meeting hosts, members, supporters, and volunteers. You are the backbone of WorldChicago and we appreciate your support very much.  Enjoy a presentation of our citizen diplomacy success stories in 2014, then join us for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a performance of global culture.  This is a great opportunity to also learn about Leo Burnett's advertising initiatives around the world and mingle with like-minded citizen diplomats in Chicago.

For more information or if you have any questions please contact Abbey Jennings at or at (312) 254-1800 ext. 103.


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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