Tinley Park is involved in the Sister Cities Program, a nationwide initiative to exchange ideas, develop business ties and establish friendships between communities here in the U.S. and those across the world.
One of Tinley Park's sister communities is Büdingen, located about 30 miles northeast of Frankfurt in Germany. Büdingen traces its origins to the mid-13th century, or 234 years before Columbus discovered America and more than 600 years before Tinley Park's incorporation.
Büdingen's rich cultural history has been a fascinating study for the hundreds of Tinley Park residents, municipal officials and business people who have traveled to Büdingen since 1989, and local "natives" have proudly showed off the Village and related its history to more than 500 visitors from Büdingen. A contingent of almost 80 people from Büdingen recently spent two weeks here. In fact, Tinley Park has hosted one of the largest number of citizen "exchanges" of any Sister Cities international participant in the United States.
The Sister Cities Commission normally meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month in the Kallsen Center at Tinley Park Village Hall, 16250 S. Oak Park Ave. Agendas, minutes and meeting presentations are posted on the Village website.