A message from Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Dear Consul General Floreani:

As Mayor and on behalf of the City of Chicago, I wish to extend congratulations to you and the French Community as you celebrate Bastille Day and express my deepest condolences on the loss of innocent lives in the Nice terror attack.

Bastille Day is very important to French independence, as it marks the beginning of the French people’s journey towards democracy. Using the motto of “liberté, égalité, et fraternité”, the French demanded many of the sentiments we value so much in the United States. These values remain even more important in light of the events this week in Nice, last November in Paris, and last year at Charlie Hedbo.

The French Community has always been a powerful force in Chicago, and we are grateful for the cultural and economic impact they have had. Additionally, Chicago and France have shared a wonderful relationship, one that was accentuated when Chicago and Paris became Sister Cities in 1996. Most recently, Paris and Chicago were connected through the agreement between MATTER and Paris&Co, MATTER’s first international agreement. This agreement will continue to bring these two global cities closer together as they work toward innovation and development together.

I am grateful for your service to the French Community of Chicago. The City of Chicago is heartbroken by the loss of so many lives and my heart goes out to the families of the victims. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the French Republic on this Bastille Day.

What is Bastille Day?

The French National Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille, a medieval fortress and prison in Paris, on July 14, 1789. The Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on July 14, 1790 is since then a celebration held throughout France every year.


Picnic & music at Montrose Beach! Come with your friends and family from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. and celebrate with us. Bring your own picnic and join us for an evening of family friendly entertainment: pétanque, waiters’ race, photoBooth, movie screening, live music by DJ Sonny Ferra… and more

Enter the Raffle and win a Chicago-Paris round trip ticket for two.

Enter to win two round-trip Economy class tickets (to be used as one set pair) on Air France operated flights between Chicago and Paris, France, free French classes at the Alliance Française de Chicago, cooking demos at the French Pastry School and more…

The drawing will take place at 7:45 p.m.

1 round trip Chicago-Paris for two on Air France.

Half day at the spa · Mireille's Studio.

One night at the Sofitel Chicago.

Free admission to the museum for 2 adults and young people under 18 and more.

One-year Member Plus level membership and two art books.

1 regular French class for one person once a week for 8 weeks.

1 pastry class for one person.

Pair of tickets to 360 Chicago Observartion Deck to ten winners.

Outdoor Movie Screening
The Rabbi’s Cat

8:15 – 9:45 p.m. — all ages
in French with English subtitles

Directed by Joann Sfar & Antoine Delesvaux
2011 · Animation · 1h 29 min · France
Adapted from Joann Sfar’s popular graphic novel of the same name.

Algiers, 1920s. Rabbi Sfar has more than one problem. His beautiful daughter Zlabya is transforming into a teenager, and even worse, his parrot-killing cat has just started talking. The Rabbi’s life grows all the more complicated when a box arrives from Russia with a painter inside. Ultimately Rabbi Sfar ends up on a quest for a hidden tribe and its mythical city of origin in Africa.

Bring your own chair or blanket.

No alcohol allowed. In case of rain, film will be rescheduled.

Register now
and buy the official Bastille Day Chicago T‑shirt

The event is free and you do not need to register to come, although if you do, that will help us planning. Thank you.

Pick your size and receive it at home.
It’s that easy. $20.00 per T-shirt

Bastille Day Chicago is a non profit organization and is organized by a group of volunteers giving their time to make this event happen. The only financial support we receive is yours. Help us make it happen and donate today. Any amount helps. Thank you.

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