• TechnoMagicLand.

    Friends of Chicago Foundation fully support the idea to establish Children’s Interactive Center for Science and Technology TechnoMagicLand in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2015. Sofia really needs such a place where the new generation could examine past experiences and could explore cutting edge technologies to peek into the future. We are going to do our best to build a bridge between the Museum of Science and industry in Chicago and the Children’s Interactive Center for Science and Technology TechnoMagicLand in Sofia in order to facilitate the process of transfering good practices and american experience for the benefician of bulgarian children who are fond of STEM (science, technology, engenering and mathematics).

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  • Sofia Meets Chicago

    Chicago Days are co-organized by the Friends of Chicago Foundation, Sofia City Hall and the Embassy of the United States. Media partners are Darik Radio, Bulgaria SEGA Weekly – Chicago, BG7 Radio – Chicago and EuroChicago.com. Held just before the 4th of July for the third consecutive year, Chicago Days benefit from people-to-people diplomacy to promote Bulgarian-American friendship and cooperation and to provide public support for establishing a sister cities relationship between Bulgaria’s capital Sofia and Chicago.

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  • Traveling Across America

    On Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the American Corner of the Sofia City Library (Sofia 1000, 4A Slaveykov Square, 1st floor) the Friends of Chicago Foundation organizes a public presentation of Angel Kolev, Bulgarian journalist and traveler who live and work in the United States, on «How I Explored America Traveling Across the Continent on Greyhound Buses». Founded in 1914, Greyhound Lines, Inc. is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 3,800 destinations with 13,000 daily departures across North America. The event is free and open to the public.

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  • Chicago Days in Sofia, Bulgaria

    Chicago Days are co-organized by the Friends of Chicago Foundation, Sofia City Hall and the Embassy of the United States and will be held in Sofia from June 30 to July 4, 2012. Media partners are Darik Radio, Bulgaria SEGA Weekly – Chicago, BG7 Radio – Chicago and EuroChicago.com. Held just before the 4th of July for the second consecutive year, Chicago Days benefit from people-to-people diplomacy to promote Bulgarian-American friendship and cooperation and to provide public support for establishing a sister cities relationship between Bulgaria’s capital Sofia and Chicago.

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  • Mayor Emanuel Congratulates Bulgarian Friends of Chicago

    Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel sent a letter to Mr. Ivan Sotirov, President of the Friends of Chicago Foundation, to express his confidence and support for the activities of the organization. The Mayor’s letter, dated September 10, 2011, says: “Dear Mr. Sotirov, As Mayor and on behalf of the City of Chicago, I write to congratulate you on the continued success of the organization you have founded, Friends of Chicago. The support you are building for the cooperation between Chicago and Bulgaria will be beneficial for many of our citizens, and I am confident the experience and knowledge you gained during your time in Chicago as Consul General of Bulgaria will be invaluable as you continue to work to promote exchange between Chicago and Bulgaria. We value the relationship we share with your great nation, and I look forward to strengthening the ties between us. Once again, please accept my sincere congratulations and best wishes for much continued success. Sincerely, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor”

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  • First Chicago Festival in Bulgaria’s Capital Sofia

    The first Chicago Festival in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia is over. Although almost every Bulgarian has read Aleko Konstantinov’s famous book “To Chicago and Back”, contemporary Chicago is not well known in this country. Therefore, the Friends of Chicago Foundation launched Bulgaria-Chicago Friendship Program in October 2010. The Chicago Festival is the core of this Program. Last week, we celebrated Chicago in the Bulgaria’s capital. Concerts, exhibitions, lectures and videopresentations about Chicago culture and architecture brought Chicago closer to Sofia and its citizens. Held just before the 4th of July, the 2011 Chicago Festival was initiated by a Bulgarian non-governmental organization – Friends of Chicago Foundation, established in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2010 - and benefited from people-to-people diplomacy to promote Bulgarian-American friendship and cooperation and to provide public support for establishing a sister city relationship between Bulgaria’s capital Sofia and Chicago. In 1960, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley signed the first Sister Cities’ agreement with Warsaw, Poland. Since then, Chicago has established official relationships with a total of 28 cities in almost every region of the world. The Friends of Chicago Foundation strives to make Bulgaria’s capital Sofia the next city with which Chicago has a sister city relationship.

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  • Sofia and Chicago: Connecting Cities and People

    The First Chicago Fest in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia is co-organized by the Friends of Chicago Foundation, Sofia City Hall and the Embassy of the United States. Media partners are Darik Radio, Newspaper “Bulgaria Sega” – Chicago and BG7 Radio – Chicago. Held just before the 4th of July, this Festival benefits from people-to-people diplomacy to promote Bulgarian-American friendship and cooperation and to provide public support for establishing a sister cities relationship between Bulgaria’s capital Sofia and Chicago. Although the distance between Sofia and Chicago amounts to 5,190 miles, we believe that friendship could overcome any distance.

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  • Chicago Festival in the Bulgaria’s Capital Sofia, June 20-26, 2011

    The First Chicago Festival, co-organized by the Friends of Chicago Foundation, Sofia City Hall and the Embassy of the United States, will be held in Sofia from Monday, June 20, 2011 to Sunday, June 26, 2011. Concerts, exhibitions, lectures about Chicago culture and architecture, as well as a Happening in the Borissov Park under the motto “I Love Chicago” are the events that will bring Chicago closer to Sofia and its citizens. Held just before the 4th of July, this Festival, initiated by a Bulgarian non-governmental organization, will use people-to-people diplomacy to promote Bulgarian-American friendship and cooperation and to provide public support for establishing a sister cities relationship between Bulgaria’s capital Sofia and Chicago.

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  • Wonders of Chicago and Miracles of Thrace

    On January 28, 2011, Friends of Chicago Foundation and Perperikone Foundation organized a public lecture of Ivan Sotirov, Consul General of Bulgaria in Chicago from 2005 to 2009, on “Wonders of Chicago: Millenium Park” at the Mara Lateva Art Center in the city of Haskovo. Over sixty people came to learn more about the biggest park on a roof in the world. Situated in the heart of Chicago, Millennium park is more a place fore socializing and cultural interaction than a simple green patch on the city map. In the 21st century, however, only parks of that type could successfully compete with the Internet and rival with Facebook. The second part of the event was dedicated to Thrace’s Miracles. At the Modulor Gallery in the Mara Lateva Art Center, everyone had the opportunity to participate as a performer or a connoisseur of sublime art, unparallel local wine and food of Thrace’s gods.

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  • Commander Mark Anderson on Flying the F/A-18 Hornet

    On January 18, 2011, Commander Mark Anderson, U.S. Navy, U.S. Naval Attaché to Bulgaria, delivered a public lecture on «FLYING THE F/A-18 HORNET» at the American Corner of the Sofia City Library. This lecture was the first one from the series «Cities and People» and part of the Sofia Chicago Friendship Program. After the lecture, the winners in the O’Hare Contest as well as the winners in the F/A-18 Hornet Origami Contest received their prizes. The event was organized by the Friends of Chicago Foundation and the Black Sea Council of the Navy League of the United States.

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