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Give back to our city and our world by purchasing your holiday gifts through the 2014 WorldChicago Annual Holiday Online Auction.

The auction will run from November 12, 2014 through December 3, 2014, with all proceeds going to WorldChicago to promote programs of citizen diplomacy in Chicago. Auction items include extravagant weekend packages with overnight stays, car service, fine dining, theater,  and so much more!

In just a few clicks, you can find unique, discounted items for all of your family and friends or simply make a cash donation and simultaneously help support WorldChicago and our mission.  With each purchase, you will help us promote mutual understanding and respect between cultures through citizen diplomacy.

If you have any questions please contact Abbey Jennings at or at (312) 254-1800 ext. 103.

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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...

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

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

Kazakhstan - Urban Planning Development - Nov. 20-25, 2014

China - Wrongful Conviction Prevention - Dec 14-17, 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





2014 Annual Meeting and Holiday Appreciation Party

Tuesday, Dec. 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.

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 information or questions please contact Abbey Jennings at or at (312) 254-1800.

Chicago Celebrates International Women's Day

Monday, March 9, 2015
International Fair: 10:30 AM
Keynote Luncheon: 12:00
Union League Club of Chicago
65 W. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL

Hosted by:  International Trade Club of Chicago, Union League Club of Chicago, WorldChicago

For information or questions please contact Abbey Jennings at or at (312) 254-1800.

For payment/registration click here

2015 WorldChicago Spring Diplomacy Luncheon

Wednesday, March 20, 2015
Featuring Dr. Deborah Bekken, Co-Curator, Cyrus Tang Hall of China, The Field Museum
Re-imagining and revitalizing the Chinese collections at Field Museum
The University Club
Cathedral Hall
76 E. Monroe
Chicago, IL

Join WorldChicago on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 for a fascinating insider’s perspective on the excitement and challenges of bringing the Cyrus Tang Hall of China Exhibition to The Field Museum of Natural History!

The 2014 WorldChicago Spring Diplomacy Luncheon will feature keynote speaker Deborah Bekken, Co-Curator for Cyrus Tang Hall of China, opening in June at The Field Museum.  Dr. Bekken will present about her role and the process of bringing this new permanent exhibition of Chinese artifacts to Chicago.  Dr. Bekken will provide an inside look at the conversations with scholars from the US and China as well as the multi-year process of putting together Cyrus Tang Hall of China.

For sponsorship information or questions please contact Abbey Jennings at or at (312) 254-1800.

$125 Ticket

$75 Young Professional Ticket



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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