STORIFY: Chicago’s mayor visits Mexico City

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made his first international trip Nov. 14 to Mexico City to establish a “sister cities” relationship with Mexico’s capitol.

Emanuel signed the Global Cities Economic Partnership with Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera, an agreement that would support trade, exchange and learning. The deal would also seek to develop global trade and investment strategies for both cities.

Chicagoland is home to more than 1.5 million residents of Mexican descent, while Chicago has the second largest Mexican population of any city in the United States after Los Angeles.

“It is fitting that the greatest of Mexican cities and the most American of American cities are forming this partnership,” said Emanuel in a press release.

Emanuel also promoted Chicago’s plan to rebuild parks. Mexico City officials plan to travel to Chicago to see the scheme.

“We’re going to follow up on all the business leads we had, so we can get direct investment and job creation in the city of Chicago,” Emanuel told NBC Chicago.

During his trip, the mayor promoted Chicago tourism targeting Mexico’s growing middle class. Emanuel’s efforts in North America’s largest city showcased the importance of Mexico and its people to Chicago’s economic future.

Emanuel also visited the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a National Shrine of Mexico and the second most visited Catholic sanctuary in the world after the Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

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