Over 231 years ago, on July 14th the French had finally seen a turning point in their revolution with the storming of Bastille. The fortress that once held prisoners freed soldiers ready to fight for an uprising. The fall of Bastille was celebrated in 1790 as the Fête de la Fédération and throughout the years continues to celebrate France’s constitutional monarchy and new unity.
To embrace this French affair, below we share our favorite spots within the Chicago and virtual festivities.
Bistronomic | 840 N. Wabash
Join Bistronomic all week long with dine in and take out specials from July 13th – July 18th. On July 17th, join Bistronomic’s patio for an evening of live music from Daniela Biserius Gipsy Jazz Group.
Marchesa | 535 N. Wells St.
Join Marchesa in a special 3 Course Menu plus an assortment of Cheese course addition and complimentary Amuse Bouche. From Tuesday, July 14th to Saturday, July 18th join the festivities with french music and cocktails such as a Lavendar French Cocktail.
Mon Ami Gabi | 2300 N. Lincoln Park West
Join Mon Ami Gabi this Friday, July 10th to Tuesday, July 14th for limited special menu, that includes gazpacho, frog legs, seafood bouillabisse, along with beautiful views of Lincoln Park.
Bastille Day Trifle with Chef Marc Siever
Get the ingredients Now!
Check out the blog to get a Marc Sievers easy and delicious Trifle recipe.
Alliance Française de Chicago Live Dance Party
Tuesday, July 14th at 6 pm join the Bastille Day party with a Dance Party Livestream. Featuring a French set curated by DJ Max of All-In Electro, streamed on Twitch.
Ars Lyrica presents Vive La France! Bastille Day Celebration Virtual Concert
Tuesday, July 14th at 6 pm Ars Lyrics presents its 16th season with a virtual opening concert broadcast for Bastille Day, Vive L France!
Embassy of France from US going LIVE!
Due to current situations on large gatherings and celebrations. The Embassy of France in the United States and its 10 Consulates General have decided celebrations should go digital. Check out France in the US for music, cultural, contests and such all day long. At 5 pm (Washington DC time) don’t miss ambassador Philippe Étienne!
FIAF’s 4 Day virtual Bastille Celebration
Celebrate Bastille day starting Saturday, July 11th – Tuesday, July 14th virtually with NYC French Institute Alliance Francoise 25th Annual Bastille Day available online with Live performances, film screening, tastings, cooking events, kid activities and so much more.
Chicago Summer is in full bloom.
Escape your living room and find yourself on one of these gorgeous rooftops or patios.
Whether you enjoy your dinner with a lake view, cocktails surrounded by the skyline or
brunch overlooking the Lincoln park conservatory;
Get to be informed of the reservation request details through your CUI concierge.
So many Chicago hot spots to choose from but space is limited –
So hurry & Contact your CUI concierge to coordinate
your perfect Al Fresco experience.
Real Good Stuff Co.
$$$$ 900 N Michigan Ave
$$$$ 3463 N Clark St
$$$$ 5318 N Clark St
March, 9th, 2020, it is recognized as one of the great American food holidays, National Meatball Day.
You can celebrate the holiday with Francesca’s Restaurants as they will celebrate the day by serving their traditional house-made meatballs on Sunday, March 8th and Monday, March 9th.
Contact your CUI Concierge to make a reservation.
River West has a new whiskey bar with 200 bottles from 28 states. American whiskey, bourbon and hard to find scotch will be the main focus of this latest establishment. Private party and event spaces are also available.
Contact your CUI Concierge for more information.
Anticipated to open later in Spring 2020, it will focus on best seafood and wines with impeccable service. “A neighborhood steakhouse for the North Shore from lifelong friends Glenn Keefer and Ryan O’Donnell — restaurant icons who know a thing or two about fine steaks and hospitality.”
Contact your CUI Concierge for more information.
Don’t miss the record-breaking culinary event of the year! Chicago Restaurant Week returns January 24 – February 9, 2020 with over 400 local and suburban restaurants. The 13th annual culinary celebration features special prix fixe menus and is the perfect excuse to try somewhere new!
Secure your culinary plans with your CUI Concierge today!
Host your gathering in beautifully designed spaces with original artwork that seamlessly convert to suit any private event. Enjoy artful, modern French cuisine from NoMI Kitchen and views of Lake Michigan and the Water Tower, surrounded by sophisticated design and elegant touches. Pair these one-of-a-kind views with global selections from our sommelier-curated award-winning wine list for a truly unforgettable experience!
Kiki’s Bistro was opened in 1990 and with 25 years at 900 N. Franklin, he has established a reputation as THE “Renaissance” man of River North. Kiki’s Bistro has been recognized for its authentic French fare by Zagat, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune, among others. Kiki’s Bistro enjoys an international reputation and has a loyal following to this day. The bistro is an ideal location for special events and gatherings with a capacity of 150 customers. The wine list is truly superb and well-priced.
Richard M. Daley, former Mayor of the City of Chicago proclaimed Georges “Kiki” Cuisance Day in recognition of his many accomplishments and for creating and sustaining an authentic French bistro of the highest quality and outstanding customer service in a comfortable setting. Kiki has been a fixture in Chicago and has established his own “landmark status” and he has held an international reputation for his famed and very French restaurants.
Contact your CUI Concierge for a VIP reservation and an authentic French experience at Kiki’s Bistro!
Four months after closing, the Hubbard Inn is planning on welcoming back customers later this month! Expect a heightened focus on fancy drinks and club vibes in addition to a complete remodel with Instagram worthy furniture and decor.
Contact your CUI Concierge to get a VIP reservation!