Rahm Emanuel made his first international trip as Chicago mayor Thursday, visiting Mexico City.
Emanuel signed the Global Cities Economic Partnership with the mayor of Mexico City, which promotes exports and research, and also met with civic and business leaders interested in the Chicago market.
"How do you grow economically, but in a sustainable liveable way so everybody can participate and enjoy it," Emanuel said.
He also stopped at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the most popular Catholic shrines where he left a bouquet of flowers.
Chicago and Mexico City have been sister cities since 1991. Mayor Emanuel's office says more than 1.5 million people of Mexican descent live in Chicago.
Emanuel also promoted Chicago's plan to rebuild parks, and Mexico City officials plan to travel here to see it.
"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 was scheduled to return on Friday.