Category: Festivals and Events

Lycee French Market returns to Chicago on Nov. 11 and 12

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... Read more »

Chicago families can explore global cultures at first-ever Global Kids WorldFest on October 21

Living in a diverse city like Chicago, it often feels like you can explore different cultures just from driving from neighborhood to neighborhood across the city. But, there are those special moments when cultures converge in one place, creating a diverse world cultural microcosm where you can seemingly span the globe just by walking from... Read more »

Comfort foods around the world: As shared by moms from countries across the globe

Whenever I was sick as a child, my mom would make a big batch of matzo ball soup. And, she hasn’t stopped yet. I’ll never forget when I told my mom I wasn’t feeling well when I was pregnant with my first child. Hours later she was on my doorstep with a large metallic soup... Read more »
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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 »