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Our Vision and Mission

We believe an informed, engaged public with access to fact-based and balanced views on global issues helps to ensure effective US engagement and supports a more inclusive, equitable, and secure world. Founded in 1922, the Council is an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit organization that takes no institutional policy positions.

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Our History Founded in 1922 as a forum to engage Chicagoans in public discussions of world affairs at a time of increasing isolationism in the United States, the Council’s mission has evolved, and its reach has expanded nationally and globally in the digital era.
Council expert Flavia Carbonari poses a question during a workshop at the Pritzker Forum on Global Cities.
Our Community The Council is first and foremost a community where people who care about global affairs can connect — in person or virtually — with each other and with global leaders, influencers, and experts to explore ideas that will shape our future.

The Next Generation

We believe it critical to engage the next generation of Chicago's, the nation's, and the world's leaders. The Council brings together rising young business, civic, educational, and student leaders to develop their global acumen and lend their voices to foreign policy discussions. We provide opportunities for them to dive deeper into understanding global challenges, strengthen their professional networks, and gain the knowledge necessary to explore issues and turn ideas into impact.


The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Diverse funding sources enable the Council to maintain its independence. We are committed to being transparent about the sources of support for our operations, programs, research, and projects, and we retain complete editorial control of our work regardless of funding sources.
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