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Building Bridges Across The World One Handshake At A Time

Core to innovation is collaboration. A 501(c)3 organization, WorldChicago connects global and Chicago innovators to share expertise, develop partnerships and build cross-cultural connections through Diplomacy in Action.

WorldChicago delegation visits Gostivar, North Macedonia to discuss community resilience and youth empowerment

Innovators work best when connected. And Chicago has long embraced this mantra. From the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition to the “Century of Progress” World’s Fair in 1933, Chicago has long been a welcoming haven of diversity and invention.

Since its founding in 1952, WorldChicago has taken up the mantle as Chicago’s preeminent conduit of global exchange. Our mission is to promote global change and innovation with Chicago as our hub. But our approach is straightforward – we create spaces for international and Chicago peers to converge and learn from each other.

Angolan delegation discussing government transparency and accountability at the Citizen Advocacy Center, 2019

In 2019, WorldChicago welcomed 700 international leaders from 118 countries to Chicago. Through meetings and professional development opportunities with their counterparts in our city’s public, private and nonprofit sectors, including the incubators and accelerators across the city, our international visitors discover our models of community change and innovation.

True to form, our visitors share their business and social enterprise strategies and the possibility for mutual benefit comes to life. While most of our work happens in Chicago, we also bring the Midwest perspective to the world.

Human Rights Lawyer Shahla Humbatova of Azerbaijan, 2020 recipient of the prestigious International Women of Courage Award of the U.S. Secretary of State, meets with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois

Through international conferences, fellowships and delegations, WorldChicago brings prominent Chicagoan thought leaders abroad to share their expertise and create international linkages and partnerships. Chicagoans return home with the experience of a lifetime, potential partners and new markets in which to expand operations.

True to Chicago form, our focus is intersectional. As a city with rich histories of scientific discovery, civil advocacy, commercial development and legislative advancement, WorldChicago sees innovation as holistic. Our programs explore the entire Chicago case study and illuminate how developments downtown affect communities on the North, South and West sides.

As Chicago says goodbye to the “Century of Progress,” help WorldChicago usher in the “Century of Innovation.” Join our exciting programming on innovation and diplomacy… and connect with WorldChicago and its international community at www.WorldChicago.org.


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