July 2015, marks the 100-year anniversary of the 1915 tragic Eastland steamship disaster which claimed 844 lives in the Chicago River. As a result of the large number of Czech and […]
Two Chicagoans, John Iltis and Bruce Bendinger, formed The Czech Legion Project – and produced a documentary that tells the little-known story of how there came to be a Czechoslovakia. […]
Great Chicago Czechs
Message from the Mayor
This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Chicago‘s Sister Cities relationship with the City of Prague in the Czech Republic. The City of Chicago is proud of the Sister City partnership it has formed with the City of Prague, and its long history of friendship and cooperation with the people of the Czech Republic.
Rahm EmanuelMayor of Chicago
Forming the partnership with the City of Chicago, shortly after our country regained its freedom, has always been considered highly significant and I am convinced it will continue to successfully develop to benefit the citizens of both our cities.
Adriana KrnáčováMayor of Prague
Celebrating Czech history in Chicago
Shortly after the Velvet Revolution in 1989, Prague and Chicago became Sister Cities, creating a forum for exchanging ideas on art, education and culture, and establishing a pathway for rediscovery of the shared origins of their people. Not many nations can say that there is a place on the other side of the planet where their countrymen became a Mayor of one of the world’s most powerful cities, as Anton Cermak; got to walk on the moon, as Eugene Cernan; founded the most successful sports enterprise in the world and one of its major teams, as “Papa Bear” George Halas; created the largest global food chain, McDonald’s, as Ray Kroc; taught the world during a space mission to never give up, as Jim Lovell; became the symbol of Hollywood charm, as Kim Novak; wrote songs, which dominated the music charts all over the globe, as Jim Peterik; created a statue placed next to one of the world’s most respected art museums, as Albin Polasek; and became, as stated by President Obama, “an institution in Illinois politics,” as Judy Baar Topinka. That is why I am so proud to represent the Czech Republic in Chicago and why we dedicate this unique Prague festival to the great Czech history here. Shortly after the Velvet Revolution in 1989, Prague and Chicago became Sister Cities, creating a forum for exchanging ideas about art, education, culture and established a pathway to discover shared origins of their people.
Bořek LizecConsul General of the Czech Republic in Chicago