Choose Chicago, the local tourism bureau, has begun adjusting (and shrinking) its international presence. According to Crains, the bureau is closing its office in the Netherlands. It is also ending its contracts with tourist agents in London, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo, and Tokyo. Meanwhile, it will retain its offices in Mexico City and Toronto and expandContinue reading “Chicago Tourism’s Global Presence: Goodbye Europe, Hello China”
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US-China Trade Negotiations in Chicago Today
It’s not every day that important negotiations take place outside of national capitals. The The US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade summit is no exception. Today’s negotiations in Chicago are just the second time in a quarter of a century that they have been held outside of Washington or Beijing. And the stakes areContinue reading “US-China Trade Negotiations in Chicago Today”
Just Finished My Summer Lectures
Today, I finished up my summer lecture series, “What In the World Is Going On?”. It has been a real treat getting to discuss so many important international issues that affect us here in America on a day-to-day basis. The audience was wonderful: very knowledgeable and curious! I’ll try to post a few short videoContinue reading “Just Finished My Summer Lectures”
Become Globally-Minded in the Northwest Suburbs
Starting on June 4th, Harper College has invited me to lead monthly lectures on the great current events shaping our world. If you are a mature adult and are interested in lifetime learning, please consider joining me on this interactive, fun journey into everything from headline political stories to foreign cultural secrets revealed. Sign upContinue reading “Become Globally-Minded in the Northwest Suburbs”
Be a Youth Delegate at the UN
The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, a United Nations NGO, is looking for two youth delegates (18-24) to represent the United States. The Council has access to all open sessions of the UN. If you are interested interfaith engagement, make sure to apply. The application is due on February 12th.
6 Things We Learned in 2013
With 2013 coming to a close, it is time to look back on a busy year for International Chicago. February: US government data suggests that the US remains a huge CO2 emitter, especially when one looks per capita. As for Illinois, we are average in our polluting. April: Boeing Battled Back on Battery Bedevilments. TheContinue reading “6 Things We Learned in 2013”
5 Chicago Gems on the South & West Sides
You may have heard about the French Foreign Ministry’s warning to French nationals to avoid the Chicago’s South and West sides. Well, the French government has removed its travel warnings, so there is no reason now to avoid some of Chicago’s most historical and beautiful tourist attractions. Here is just my Top 5 List: 1) Garfield Park ConservatoryContinue reading “5 Chicago Gems on the South & West Sides”
Should There Be A Travel Advisory Against Chicago?
Through your Facebook network or media articles, you may have come across the website, HowSafeisMexico.com . The website which is not openly credited to a specific author, provides a number of statistics that generally show that much of Mexico is very safe and open for business and tourism (as long as you use common senseContinue reading “Should There Be A Travel Advisory Against Chicago?”
Global Chicago’s Summer Guide for Just About Everyone
The trees are flowering, and the weather is heating up. Spring has sprung and it’s time to take advantage of Chicago’s next season, construction…errr, summer! And with summer comes a plethora of amazing international events. For the Outdoorsy: International Sculpture Conference Outdoor Exposition (All Summer) Whether you’re biking, skating, walking or yachting on Chicago’s LakeContinue reading “Global Chicago’s Summer Guide for Just About Everyone”
Who is responsible for Chicago’s Crazy Weather?
First, it’s freezing. Then, it’s 60 degrees and thundering. Now we are on to snow storm after snow storm. Chicago weather has been something else this year and as it turns out, it might be partly our fault. The Department of Energy recently released the 2010 data for carbon dioxide emissions per state. For Illinois, theContinue reading “Who is responsible for Chicago’s Crazy Weather?”