CHICAGO (July 26, 2013) – Chicago Sister Cities International celebrates its 28 sister cities with the eighth annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival. Chicago’s sister city of Warsaw, Poland will be represented by food vendor Kasia’s Deli and merchandise vendor Amber Treasures.


The Chicago Sister Cities International Festival takes place Monday through Friday, August 5–9, 2013 from 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on Richard J. Daley Plaza. Live musical and dance performances take place from 12 noon–1 p.m. each day. The festival is free and open to the public.

 Other highlights of the festival include:

 Food Vendors

Spencer’s Jolly Posh representing Birmingham, United Kingdom

Las Tablas representing Bogota, Colombia

Korean Kitchen representing Busan, Republic of Korea

Shokolad Pastry and Café representing Kyiv, Ukraine

Caffé Gelato representing Milan, Italy

Kasia’s Deli representing Warsaw, Poland


Merchandise Vendors

Out of Africa representing Accra, Ghana

Pallay Crafts representing Bogota, Colombia

Karisus Design Studio representing Delhi, India

Koru Street representing Delhi, India

Because I like it! representing Galway, Ireland

E & J Designs representing Mexico City, Mexico

No Manches Clothing representing Mexico City, Mexico

Designs by Gina representing Milan, Italy

Provence Village Ltd representing Paris, France

Designs by Tova representing Petach Tikva, Israel

Jan Lee Design representing Shanghai, China

Oriental Arts Center representing Shenyang, China

Made in Lithuania (Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture and Old Vilnius Cafe) representing Vilnius, Lithuania

Amber Treasures representing Warsaw, Poland

Global Elements representing the Global Community

Ten Thousand Villages representing the Global Community

W.G.N. Flag Company representing the Global Community


Schedule of Performers

Monday, August 5

12 noon: Shariq Sidz representing Lahore, Pakistan

12:30 p.m.: Pieptone! representing Hamburg, Germany

 Tuesday, August 6

12 noon: Sam Burckhardt Quartet representing Lucerne, Switzerland

12:30 p.m.: Hellenic 5 representing Athens, Greece

 Wednesday, August 7

12 noon: Chicago Youth Poongmul representing Busan, Republic of Korea 

12:10 p.m.: Consular Corps Day Speaking Program

12:40 p.m.: Baha Assaf Band representing Amman, Jordan

1 p.m.: DJ C representing the Global Community

 Thursday, August 8

12 noon: W. Side Story/AfriCaribbean Connections—a Gallery 37, After School Matters program representing Durban, South Africa

12:30 p.m.: Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago representing Gothenburg, Sweden

 Friday, August 9

12 noon: Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder representing Shanghai, China

12:30 p.m.: Omladina Dance Group representing Prague, Czech Republic

 For the complete festival schedule and updates, visit www.ChicagoSisterCities.com, follow us on Twitter (@ChiSisterCities) or “Like” us on Facebook, Facebook.com/ChicagoSisterCities.

 Chicago Sister Cities International

Chicago Sister Cities International, a division of World Business Chicago, provides leadership to develop, manage and coordinate comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago’s sister cities. It aims to increase international trade, promote economic development and support exchanges in the fields of arts and culture, education, health, social services, environment and technology with its sister cities for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses.

 Chicago’s 28 sister cities include: Accra, Ghana (1989); Amman, Jordan (2004); Athens, Greece (1997); Belgrade, Serbia (2005); Birmingham, United Kingdom (1993); Bogota, Colombia (2009); Busan, Republic of Korea (2007); Casablanca, Morocco (1982); Delhi, India (2001); Durban, South Africa (1997); Galway, Ireland (1997); Gothenburg, Sweden (1987); Hamburg, Germany (1994); Kyiv, Ukraine (1991); Lahore, Pakistan (2007); Lucerne, Switzerland (1998); Mexico City, Mexico (1991); Milan, Italy (1973); Moscow, Russia (1997); Osaka, Japan (1973); Paris, France (1996); Petach Tikva, Israel (1994); Prague, Czech Republic (1990); Shanghai, China (1985); Shenyang, China (1985); Toronto, Canada (1991); Vilnius, Lithuania (1993); and Warsaw, Poland (1960).