Blog posts about French and Francophone events in Chicago!

Christiane Taubira,  « On n’y échappera pas »

| Events, History | 2 Comments

Taubira… Ce nom porte des consonances différentes pour chaque personne vivant en France, mais il est rarement inconnu. Il évoque souvent une loi, celle de 2013, qui a valu à…

Edith Piaf lives through “Piaf! Le Spectacle”

| Events | No Comments

Edith Piaf. If you don’t know her name, you surely know her music. Her raspy yet smooth, inviting voice has captured the hearts of millions of people over the decades…

Superfluous: An Architectural Project

| Events | One Comment

    J’ai rencontré dans la rue un jeune homme très pauvre qui aimait : son chapeau était vieux, son habit était usé ; il avait les coudes troués ;…

Immersion Day: A fun French day

| Events | No Comments

Being a new intern at the Alliance Française, I am still learning about the many classes, workshops, and events that go on here, including Immersion Day. For weeks now, we…

FrogProv – Your time to shine?

| Events, Francophone Fun | No Comments

Theater buff? Improv fan? Don’t pass this by, this post is for YOU! We recently learned about a fantastic project involving French AND English language… Forgprov! Since this kind of…

French woman, science, wit and “bonheur”

| Events, History | No Comments

On June 8, the Alliance Française de Chicago will re-create a “Salon parisien” inspired by a significant woman of her time Émilie, Marquise du Châtelet. Zoé Moore tells us more about…

Indulge in some French comfort food

| Events, Francophone Fun | No Comments

Comfort food is an almost universally known concept. You have a hard day, you come home and you eat a gallon of mac and cheese and maybe you just feel a…

How to plant your thyme seeds!

| Events | No Comments

If you want instructions on how to grow your thym (thyme) seeds from Earth day, you’re in the right place! Thyme is excellent for container planting inside and outside. If you…

La francophonie behind the scenes

| Events | No Comments

During the entire month of March, we at the Alliance Française de Chicago have hosted a variety of events as part of our Festival de Francophonie. By the end of…

Finding Love at the Alliance Française

| Events, Spotlights | No Comments

By Monica Fredette (With input from Yves Fredette) I met the love of my life on March 10, 2007 at Le Festival de la Francophonie at Chicago’s Alliance Française. It all…

We met Dany Laferrière… Do you want to know all about it?

| Events | No Comments

A few weeks ago, on February 13, in conversation with our very own Director of Programs, Aimee Laberge, Dany Laferrière told us stories about his life. When asked where he lives…

Irène Jacob for a live jazz concert at the Alliance!

| Events | No Comments

Irène Jacob is a singer and an actress of stage and screen. She doesn’t seem to be one to shy away from any genre and her career so far is…

Cheesy cheesy melty food

| Classes, Events | No Comments

In the mid-west we are known for our casseroles and hot dishes. If you grew up here you might have memories of eating mounds of tater tot hot dish or green…

Turning sour grapes into Champagne

| Events, Francophone Fun, History | No Comments

If you clicked on this post, you probably have some idea of what champagne is. You might be able to recall the pleasant fizz of the bubbles or a particular…

Read our interview with Sophie Loubière!

| Events | No Comments

    Sophie Loubière is a French journalist and writer who already published more than ten novels. She is urrently working on a new one, Bloody Coffee and this one…

Fun facts about Tales of Hoffmann

| Events | No Comments

Jaques Offenbach composed the opera The Tales of Hoffmann in the late 1870s. Before dying he apparently had a premonition that he would not survive to see his opera performed… He ended up…

When our Programs Director meets Dany Laferrière and tells us all about it!

| Events, Francophone Fun | No Comments

I met Dany Laferrière at the Salon du livre de Quebec in April 1986, where I was peddling my first publication, a collection of bad poems hesitating between French and…

French Loop to the rescue!

| Classes, Events | No Comments

What do you do if you want to learn French at the Alliance Française de Chicago but none of our classes fit your busy schedule or it’s an ordeal for you to…

Last days for the AF Holiday Market!

| Events | No Comments

  The Alliance Française de Chicago team is very happy to host its first Marché de Noël ! Before, between or after your classes, shop and enjoy our very unique…

Let us treat you to a FREE French class!

| Classes, Events | No Comments

And no, that’s not a joke! ‘Tis holiday season after all so treat yourself or your friends and family by signing up for our Guest program. Call us (312) 337-1070…

Fête de fin d’année et de l’école

| Events | No Comments

A ne pas manquer!   It is that time of year again… when we welcome you and your friends, our students, teachers, and volunteers to celebrate work well-done en français…

French Beginnings: A new kids event at the Alliance

| Events | No Comments

Saturday, April 09, 2016 9 a.m. – 12:30, Free Admission 54 W. Chicago Avenue A morning of fun, games, and a photo booth. Spend a memorable day with your kids chez…