Posts in category "Festivals and Events"

Chicago's top chefs take guests on a French culinary journey at Passport to France

To many of us, the third Thursday of November marks the release of the year’s Beaujolais Nouveau. Across the globe, people get together to grab a glass and celebrate the vin premier. But, to me, the third Thursday of November isn’t just about the release of a new wine. Rather, it’s a global celebration of French food, wine and culture. And, that’s why I... Read more »

10 ways to enjoy Thanksgiving weekend with your family in Chicago

With Chicago thermometers only reaching the 20s and 30s in early November, it’s beginning to feel more and more like the holidays. And, I’m all for making the most of the holiday feeling. That’s why I’m gearing up for the next big holiday to come our way – Thanksgiving. Even with the ever-present chance of... Read more »

Chicago-area chefs demonstrate globally inspired dishes at 2014 Fall French Market

On Saturday, Chef Tim Kirker of <a href="www,=.bistrotzinc.com">Bistrot Zinc</a> got the morning started off right with the perfect brunch dish - Almond Cake with Macerated Berries.
This weekend, thousands of people came to shop, eat and create à la française at the 10th annual Lycée Français de Chicago Fall French Market, which took place Friday, November 7 through Sunday, November 9. The French  fête boasted more than 75 vendors selling specialty and artisan goods. Shoppers didn’t need to worry about running out of energy... Read more »
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5 tips for finding multicultural family events in your hometown or travel destination

I feel fortunate that my family lives in a world-class city like Chicago. My hometown ranks high on my list of great urban locales. Why? Because of the stunning skyscrapers that form its skyline. Because of how Lake Michigan curves around the eastern most end of the city. Because of the energy that exudes from... Read more »

Photos: Bastille Day Chicago 2014 festival

Walking up to Chicago's Daley Plaza, it was hard not to miss the sea of blue, white and red. By 6 pm, just one hour after the event began, a sizable crowd had gathered to celebrate Bastille Day in Chicago.
Yesterday, in Chicago, the skies cleared up just in time for the blue, white and red to be rolled out in Daley Plaza for Bastille Day Chicago. This year, the annual event was held on a Monday evening – a departure from the prime weekend day spot it’s held on local Francophile and Francophone’s schedules for the past... Read more »

The best multicultural summer festivals in Chicago for 2014

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Each one showcases the ethnic groups that make Chicago so dynamic, so vibrant and so irresistible. One trip to any of Chicago’s ethnic neighborhoods will show you the very essence of what makes Chicago a first-class, multicultural city. For a taste of the various ethnic groups that make up so many... Read more »
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Photos: IsraFest celebration at Chicago's Daley Plaza

According to the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, nearly 1,000 people came out to celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut at Chicago's Daley Plaza today from 11:30 am - 2 pm. The much-celebrated sunshine provided the perfect backdrop for the festive celebration.
Today is Yom Ha’atzmaut, which commemorates the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. The holiday is celebrated on the fifth day of Iyar, according to the Hebrew calendar. However, when the fifth of Iyar falls on a Monday, the holiday is celebrated on Tuesday – as was the case this year. Yom Ha’atzmaut is... Read more »

IPW 2014: Proud to be a Chicago "cheerleader"

Last week, more than 6,000 people from 70 different countries descended on Chicago. The draw was IPW 2014, a conference put on by the U.S. Travel Association where people buy travel packages to destinations around the world. Chicago last played host to the conference 16 years ago. A lot can happen and change in 16... Read more »

Macaron Day is coming – Chicagoans can celebrate by sampling the best macarons

I love macarons – the small, colorful merinque sandwiches often filled with ganache, buttercream or jam. The French biscuits with one “o” have continued to gain in popularity, making a grand appearance at more and more bakeries across Chicago. As a huge macaron fan, I think it’s only fitting that macarons have their own day... Read more »
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Family-friendly ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on Monday, March 17. But, why celebrate the holiday on just one day? In Chicago, we’re all Irish for St. Patrick’s Day, right? Lucky for us, there are plenty of family-friendly celebrations that don’t just call for drinking green beer all day long. So, throw on some green and... Read more »