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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
Chicago’s Sister City Since 1993

Committee Chair: Rupert Ward

ABOUT BIRMINGHAM – Fast Facts

Birmingham City Council Leader: Mike Whitby
Country: England 
Location:    Western Europe 
Geography:    Centrally located in the heart of England.   
History:    Commonly called the “workplace of the world,” Birmingham was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s. Since the Industrial Revolution, Birmingham has been known as the “city of a thousand traders”.   
Industry:    Metal goods, brassware, household utensils, and glass and rubber products   
Did You Know?    Birmingham has more than 200 parks, including the Cannon Hill Park, just two miles south of the city, where there are boating lakes, bowling greens, tennis courts and wide-open spaces.  
Flag Description:    Blue field with the red cross of St. George (patron saint of England) edged in white, superimposed on the diagonal red cross of St. Patrick (patron saint of Ireland), which is superimposed on the diagonal white cross of St. Andrew (patron saint of Scotland).   


PAST BIRMINGHAM – CHICAGO PROGRAMS

2011
December 1
The Birmingham Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International proudly partners with Chicago's own Baroque Band to present the second annual rendition of the popular Christmas season masterwork - Handel's Messiah. This year’s performance will include the debut of a choir specially assembled to work with the Baroque Band.

March 14
The Birmingham Committee in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Chicago hosted a welcome reception at the Archbishop Quigley Center for a group of principals of Catholic schools from Birmingham, England. This program, initiated in 2001 and supported by the British Council, provides opportunities for teacher exchange for the purpose of developing joint curriculum work, collaborative programs and activities.

HISTORY OF ENGLISH IN CHICAGO
The English presence as an identifiable ethnic group in Illinois has received little attention, in part because intermarriage, mobility, and a lack of ethnic institutions have led to their being virtually indistinguishable from native-born white Protestants after a generation or two. Yet, whether pioneer or entrepreneur, the English and their descendants have been a significant presence in Chicago since the early nineteenth century.




 
BIRMINGHAM NEWS & EVENTS

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