2015 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference

U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference

The 2015 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference will connect business leaders, government officials, and citizen diplomats from the U.S. and China. The Conference will celebrate the 30th Anniversaries of Chicago‚Äôs sister cities Shanghai and Shenyang and will provide best practices and networking opportunities for the continued success and growth of U.S.-China sister city partnerships.

Online registration is now open! CLICK HERE to register.


Thursday, October 22 - Friday, October, 23, 2015

U.S.-China Conference Panelists


The Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60605

Hotel Accommodation:

A block of rooms is being held at The Hilton Chicago at a special rate of $249/night. Please call 1-877-865-5320 and reference "2015 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference" to reserve your room, or book online HERE. The hotel cut-off date to receive this special rate is Wednesday, September 30, 2015. All guests will receive complimentary basic wireless internet in guest rooms. Please note: Rooms offered at the special room rate are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please book your room early!

So you may better budget your hotel stay, current state sales tax is 10.5%, and the hotel occupancy tax rate is 16.4%. This will be added per hotel room, per night at the end of your stay.

Click here for more details about hotel accommodations.


  • Full Event - Early Bird Rate (ends August 31, 2015): $350 (Full event registration includes the 10/22 Welcome Reception, 10/23 Conference and Closing Dinner)
  • Individual Ticket - Welcome Reception (10/22): $100
  • Individual Ticket - Closing Dinner (10/23): $150

Click here for full list of fees and policies.

Click here to register.

U.S.-China Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Support the 2015 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference and be part of a wonderful event furthering ties between the U.S. and China! CLICK HERE to download the sponsorship packet detailing various sponsor levels.


Please note the agenda is subject to change.

Day 1 (Thursday, October 22)

9:00am - 6:00pm: Early On-Site Registration

7:00pm - 9:00pm: Welcome Reception

Day 2 (Friday, October 23)

8:00am - 9:00am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00am - 10:00am: Opening Welcome

10:30am - 11:30am: Breakout Sessions

  • Educational Exchanges and Programming
  • Forming International Partnerships with Universities and Colleges

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Luncheon Keynote

1:30pm - 2:30pm: Breakout Sessions

  • Building Business in China
  • Protocol of Doing Business between the U.S. and China

2:45pm - 3:45pm: Breakout Sessions

  • How to Incorporate Yourself into Your Community's Economic Development Goals
  • Promoting Your City as a Tourist Destination

4:00pm - 5:00pm: Breakout Sessions

  • Meeting for Cities Seeking Cities
  • Reviving Sister City Partnerships between U.S. and Chinese Communities

6:00pm - 10:00pm: Closing Dinner

Questions? Please email conference@sistercities.org.