Bastille Day Chicago




6:00-10:00 p.m: Bring your own picnic or buy crepes, sandwiches or hot dogs from food vendors. By law, the public may NOT bring alcoholic beverages. Wine and beer will be available for purchase and consumption near the picnic area. The profits of the sale will help cover the expenses of the event.


Children's corner

6:00 to 8:00 p.m: Fun activities for children: face painting, cupcake decoration, bubble show,  summer games, coton candy distribution…
Art and craft provided by IETS TRY ART



6:00 to 10:00 p.m: The coolest 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! The Chicago Pétanque Club will be on-hand to demonstrate the game, initiate the beginners, and organize a casual game on one of our two courses. To get an avant-goût, check this out. To know more about the Chicago Pétanque Club, please go to:


DJ Mwelwa

6:30 to 9:30 p.m: Mwelwa Musambacine  is influenced by cultures and people across the globe. He is recognized across music circles as one of Chicago's best international and world music DJs. Mwelwa's assorted global mix includes reggae, kizomba, salsa, afro pop, bachata, samba, merengue, afrobeat, semba, jazz, funk, son, soukous, makossa, calypso, zouk, house, coupé décalé, soca, cumbia and various types of Arabic, Indian & African varieties. Mwelwa also plans and promotes events as a part of Akasuba./Sunny Side Up.


Waiter’s Race

7:00 to 9:00 p.m: Watch would-be waiters compete in a race that involves running as fast as you can while balancing a tray… without spilling a drop of Grand Cru. It’s our traditional Course de Garçons de Café.

We are looking for champions!
Everybody gets a photo – souvenir!



10:15pm: End the evening in a grandiose way! You will have the best seat to watch the Navy Pier Fireworks.