What is Citizen Diplomacy?

WorldChicago is an affiliate of Global Ties U.S., a nonprofit membership association with more than fifty years of leadership in citizen diplomacy. Together with more than ninety community partner members and the U.S. Department of State Citizen Diplomacy programs, WorldChicago helps shape international relations “one handshake at a time.”

Can you imagine a world where...

Teenagers become the intercultural peace-builders of tomorrow?

Local Chicago entrepreneurs learn how to excel in the global marketplace through mentorship and understanding with entrepreneurs from across the globe?

Every person identifies as a global citizen, dedicated to promoting social justice and empowerment of the disenfranchised, both here in Chicago and around the world?

This is the world of Citizen Diplomacy. This is WorldChicago.

Global Reach

There are over one million exchange program alumni around the world — including almost 1,700 government ministers and 364 current and former heads of state such as: Margaret Thatcher, Former PM U.K., Tony Blair, Former PM U.K., and Jacinda Ardern, Current PM of New Zealand.

IVLP Delegation-Empowering Women Journalists from Cameroon
708 International Visitors

In 2018, WorldChicago hosted 708 international visitors from 137 countries and 6 continents. Our programming and the contributions of our volunteer hospitality and professional hosts provide enriching opportunities for global idea-sharing, networking, and professional development.

Exchange Alumni

  • Help build a more peaceful and prosperous world
  • Connect local government to overseas counterparts to share best practices and find solutions to local challenges together
  • Return home with valuable experiences and great impressions of Chicago
  • Make a positive impact in their home communities through follow-up projects
Youth Ambassadors Program from Central and South America January 2019