Chicago’s French Connection

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Chicago: a great place to enjoy French food and culture

If you’re looking for a literal taste of France, Maison Parisienne is the best place to find authentic French food, from cassoulet to simple crepes. But if you want a taste of French history, art and culture, Chicago has plenty more to offer.

Remember that exploring a big city like Chicago is hungry work; you may even wish to pack a lunch and some snacks from Maison Parisienne. Our selection of French salads, sandwiches, quiches, crepes and pastries are a great way to sustain yourself in between viewing the French Impressionism collection at the Art Institute in the morning, watching a French film festival in the afternoon, and hearing a French symphony in the evening.

Chicago’s Alliance Francaise has provided French and Francophone cultural events since 1897. Each April, French Innovation Week offers free public lectures, photo exhibitions, panel discussions and festivals of French in science, business, technology and art.  On other nights, you can enjoy a French Poetry Slam at the Green Mill Lounge, where you don’t even need to speak French to enjoy the performances that transcend the language barrier.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra offers regular programs of symphonies and operas by French composers. They also sponsor the French Reveries & Passions Festival, a three-week program that includes French classical and jazz music.

Still hungry to learn more?

Why not enroll in a French cooking class at one of over 100 locations in and around the city? With enough practice, maybe you can eventually master some classic French dishes like boeuf bourguignon? (Incidentally, Maison Parisienne also offers carryout boeuf bourguignon – tell your friends you made it!).

Picture: Heather Katsoulis

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