Bastille Day Chicago



Picnic/Pique Nique


5:30-9:00 p.m: Join us for a summer evening at our Bastille Day event! Bring your own picnic and experience the joy of dining outdoors. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere while enjoying your food. If you're interested, you can also purchase and enjoy wine, champagne, and light cocktails in the picnic area.

Please note that outside alcoholic beverages are PROHIBITED at Navy Pier! Merci de votre compréhension!


Children's corner/Le coin des enfants


5:30 to 8:00 p.m: Wonderful, fun activities for young people:  face painting, cupcake decoration, a bubble show, and summer games.




5:30 to 9:00 p.m: The coolest and most classic French sport ever, pétanque has been played on the place publique of each town and village in the south of France for centuries. All you have to do is get close to the cochonnet [ko-sho-ney]… and pretend you’re in Marseille or a village en Provence! Volunteers will be on-hand to demonstrate the game, show you how to play, and organize casual games on one of our two courses. To get an avant-goût, check this out. Come wearing a striped t-shirt and a bandana! Allez-y !


Polyphonia Orchestra


The Polyphonia Orchestra is an extraordinary ensemble of 48 talented young musicians from various public and private institutions of Bourbon Island (Ile de la Réunion), brought together by their passion for music and collective practice. Their versatile repertoire allows them to captivate audiences in a variety of artistic venues, not only on their island but also beyond its shores. They play light classical music as well as Latin music, French songs and folkloric music from la Reunion and some South African titles.