5:00-9:00 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 on the school ground. 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

5:00 to 7:30 p.m: Children will have drawing, coloring, water balloon toss, fill a bucket, kid race and mini beauty salon with face painting for the little ones. Bouncing in two big inflatables (age 4 to 14).


5:00 to 9:00 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

5:00 to 9:00 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.

Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drum Corps

6:15p.m. : The “Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drum Corps” will bring to life the history of the French presence in the Midwest, with their brightly colored uniforms and the sounds of fifes and drums. The show will end with an exciting musket drill!

7:pm: The welcome remarks from General Consul of France in the Midwest, Guillaume Lacroix

The LaSalle Explorer Expedition

5:00 to 8:00 pm: In 1976, the LaSalle Explorers recreated the 3,300 mile canoe journey in North America of French explorer René-Robert Cavalier de La Salle. They will come with a canoe and stories of their adventure.

Raffle drawing

7:45 p.m

Waiter’s Race

6:00 to 8:00 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!
First prize: A bottle of French champagne from the Alliance Française. Everybody gets a photo – souvenir!

Additional Information

Public Transit: Public transit encouraged as parking is difficult in the neighborhood. The following public bus & train routes serve the site:

  • CTA Bus Route: 50 Damen & Eastwood
  • CTA Brown Line Station: Damen
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