Welcome to birmingham.gov.uk

Welcome to birmingham.gov.uk



Partner City of Chicago


Chicago is the third largest city in the United States of America. Situated in the state of Illinois adjoining Lake Michigan it forms a major transport and business hub and gateway to the midwest. Famous for its tall buildings and jazz, Chicago enjoys the status of a world city.

Chicago, known as the windy city (for political, not weather reasons), has a population of 2.9million people. With an international reputation as a centre for the arts, Chicago comprises a mixed population of white, black, Hispanic and Asian citizens.


Governed by a City Council of 50 Alderman (49 of which are Democratic),
Chicagos leading politician is Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Current and future activities include:


  • A joint Associate Degree course between City Colleges
    Birmingham and the Harold Washington College.

  • Teaching and learning activities between schools
    and Education Departments in both cities.

  • Birmingham Symphonic Winds band participating
    in the prestigious 'Midwest Clinic'.

  • Joint ventures between young disabled filmmakers.

  • Co-operation between the Gallery 37`s of each city.

  • An exchange of photographic exhibitions.

  • Participation in young playwright competitions.

  • Professional development of social workers.

  • Public library collaboration.

Did you know that the term "jazz" was coined in Chicago in 1914?

A link to Chicagos website is below.

For more information about our links with Chicago, contact mike.murray@birmingham.gov.uk on +44 (0)121 303 4452.