Global cities increasingly shape our world – not only the global economy but its ideas, culture, and policies. On the front lines of the world’s greatest challenges, cities are driving the most innovative solutions. Their influence transcends national borders.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is a leading center for studying the influence of cities in solving global challenges and shaping the world’s future. With over a decade of research and programming on global cities, the Council examines the policies needed to be successful, identifies global best practices, connects leaders, and provides concrete recommendations to decision-makers.

Research and Digital Interactives

The Council publishes original research and produces digital interactives on topics such as the foreign policy of cities, the role of cities in global governance, inclusive societies, climate change and the environment, security and safety, migrant integration, and economic competitiveness.

Experts and Fellows

Resident and nonresident fellows contribute to the Council’s expertise by authoring blogs and commentaries, peer reviewing reports, developing podcasts and interactives, and presenting Council research on critical platforms.

Chicago Forum on Global Cities

Hosted in partnership with the Financial Times, this three-day international conference brings together leaders in business, civics, education, and the arts for a cross-sector dialogue on the influential role cities play in solving critical global challenges.

Year-Round Programming

The Council regularly hosts speakers, workshops, public programs, and private dinners to inform audiences of pressing issues affecting cities and to share the findings of Council research.

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  • Corporate Leadership Breakfast

    Ivo H. Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Samuel Kling, Fellow, Global Cities; Samuel C. Scott III, Board of Directors Cochair, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Germany Accelerates Change in Its “Rust Belt”

November 5, 2018 for Global Insight

The Urban 20: A Contemporary Diplomatic History

October 31, 2018 for Diplomatic Courier

Chicago’s New Regional Plan: Big Talk, Smaller Walk

October 23, 2018 for Global Insight

Illinois, at Least, Is Trying to Limit Global Warming

October 12, 2018 for Crain's Chicago Business

Deep Dish: Cities Combatting Urban Violence

September 27, 2018 for Global Insight

Wait Just a Minute: CEO and Founder of Water.org Gary White

September 26, 2018 for Global Insight

Wait Just a Minute: Edward Glaeser

September 13, 2018 for Global Insight

Wait Just a Minute: Karen Weigert

August 23, 2018 for Global Insight

Past Event Multimedia

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