Bastille Day Chicago



Picnic/Pique Nique


5:30-9:00 p.m: Enjoy the summer evening and bring your own picnic to dine en plein air. Wine, champagne and light cocktail will be available for purchase and consumption in the picnic area.  Profits from the bar will help cover the expenses for this free event. 

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.
Arts and crafts provided by IETS TRY ART




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 !


Raphael Olivier


Our DJ is a Franco American Composer, producer, guitarist and singer. His pieces have been featured on Sony Pictures, CBS, BBC 1, Universal Music, and France TV.

Very early he started his career in European orchestras as a cellist, and in the last few years, he started to compose jazz, rock, indie or rap... Presently his solo project AVBE (pronounce OB) has accumulated 3 million streams globally. 


Sam Dubin


Sam Dubin will be our MC for the evening and will sing the National Anthems.

Sam Dubin is a Franco-American tenor from Nice, France. He recently graduated from the Chicago Conservatory for Performing Arts, and has sang with Austin Opera, Cincinnati Opera D'Arte, and the College Light Opera Company. 


Fireworks/Feux d'artifice


9:00 pm: Every Bastille Day celebration ends with fireworks and this year is no exception! Wind up your evening at Navy Pier watching their fabulous fireworks show! You'll have the best seat, right at the Pier.