Holiday shopping in Chicago gets a French twist this weekend when the Lycée French Market opens at the Lycée Francais de Chicago. The 13th annual event takes place a few weeks earlier this year, allowing you to get your holiday shopping started – before Thanksgiving!
Located at the French international school’s Lincoln Square campus, the holiday shopping event allows you to feel like you’ve been transported to a Parisian marché – as soon as you walk through the doors. Having done my fare bit of shopping at the market over the years, I can attest to the waves of French music and conversation that melodically tempt your senses. That’s not to mention the aroma of irresistible French foods that I allow to happily lead me through the market!
But, of course, the main feature is the shopping.
This year’s market will feature more than 80 local and French artisans selling jewelry, decorative and fine art, apparel, accessories and more. For me, I always appreciate the unique mix of goods you don’t often find at other holiday markets across the city. And, of course, I’m always happy to be able to support local small business owners – and those who sell imported or handmade French goods, too!
Each market usually includes an element of giving back – perfect for the start of the holiday season. Lycée students often raise funds for local and global causes. And, proceeds raised from the market support student programs and resources at the Lycée Français de Chicago, including financial aid.
The Lycée French Market takes place at the Lycée Francais de Chicago (1929 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago) from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12. Street and paid garage parking (at the Ravenswood Garage, 4551 N. Damien Ave.) is available. The entry fee for the market is $8 for adults – children are free. More information is available at lyceefrenchmarket.org.