CSCI15_ChicagoParis_AnniversaryLogo (1)This year, Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) and its Paris Committee are proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Paris. Then mayors Richard M. Daley of Chicago and Jaques Chirac of Paris signed the sister city agreement between the two cities in September of 1996. Since then, Chicago and Paris have built a strong sister city relationship built on common bonds and celebration of cultures through programs, initiatives and exchanges in multiple areas, including arts and culture, business, education, sports, social services and the sharing of best practices among government officials and departments.

To celebrate this milestone, the Paris Committee of CSCI will present programs from October 7–16, 2016 throughout Chicago. See below for full details of the line-up of events.

In addition to public events, the Paris Committee of CSCI will also host private events, including their annual welcome reception honoring French runners at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 7, a French poetry slam performance for students at Lincoln Park High School on October 6 and a private rehearsal of Concert Dance Inc.’s presentation of The Chicago Project: Future Present on October 13.

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Friday, October 7: French Poetry Slam and French Runners Reception

French Poetry Slam at the Poetry Foundation

  • Friday, October 7, 2016, at 12:00 p.m.
  • The Poetry Foundation (61 w. Superior Street, Chicago)
  • Free and open to the public

Join French poetry slammers as they display their skills at the Poetry Foundation.

 

Private Welcome Reception for French Runners at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

The Paris Committee of CSCI is proud to welcome runners from Paris and throughout France who have traveled to Chicago to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon at a private reception.

Saturday, October 8: CAF French Language Tour and Cabaret Show and Dinner

French Language Chicago Architecture Foundation Tour: Historic and Modern Skyscrapers

  • Saturday, October 8, 2016, from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
  • Meet at the CAF Shop and Tour Center (224 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago)
  • $20; free for CAF members
  • Tickets can be purchased in advance at architecture.org

This French language tour visits both historic and modern skyscrapers. It traces the history of tall buildings from the 19th-century to the present, with considerations of the Chicago School, Art Deco, Modern, Postmodern and contemporary architecture. French influence on Chicago’s architecture will also be discussed.

 

Your Round-Trip Ticket: Chicago-Paris Cabaret Show and Dinner

  • Saturday, October 8, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Polo Café (3322 S. Morgan Street, Chicago)
  • $80-85 (depending on payment method) for dinner and show (tax and gratuities included); cash bar available
  • Reservations are now being taken online at https://form.jotform.com/62367456738165

With raves from the Lapin Agile in Montmartre to Ravinia’s “Rising Stars,” Parisian-born Claudia Hommel partners with singer-pianist Elizabeth Doyle and accordionist Patricia Spaeth to transport you to the “City of Light.” Let our Chicago-based guides bring you favorites from the poetical to the personal (C’est si bon, La vie en rose) to the unexpected (Pinching Pennies in Paris, Le soleil et la lune, Parlez-moi d’amour, Belleville Rendez-Vous). Chef Didier Durand will prepare a four-course dégustation dinner.

Sunday, October 9: Marathon Cheering Station and French Poetry Slam

French Cheering Station at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

  • Sunday, October 9, 2016, at 8:30–10:30 a.m.
  • Southeast Corner of Clark Street and Deming Place
  • Free and open to the public

Cheer on marathon runners from Paris, France and around the world with French flags and paraphernalia.

French Poetry Slam at the Green Mill

  • Sunday, October 9, 2016, at 7:00–10:00 p.m.
  • Green Mill Cocktail Lounge (4802 N. Broadway Street, Chicago)
  • $7 cover; no reservations

The long-running Poetry Slam at the Green Mill takes a French twist for the anniversary celebration.

Tuesday, October 11: An Exploration of the Music of France, from Lully to Debussy

An Exploration of the Music of France, from Lully to Debussy, with George Lepauw

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Alliance Française de Chicago (810 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago)
  • Free and open to the public, but RSVP required for entry

George Lepauw, Franco-American pianist and founder of the International Beethoven Project, will give a lecture-recital exploring the development of French music from the great Lully in the 17th Century to Debussy at the turn of the 20th. This presentation and performance will attempt to shed light on the uniqueness of the French style in music. Visit georgelepauw.com to learn more about George.

Wednesday, October 12: French Language Art Institute Tour

Art Institute Tour in French

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at 12:00 p.m.
  • Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago)
  • Art Institute General Admission: $25; $20 for Chicago residents; $22 for IL residents; Students and Seniors (65 and up): $19/14/16 ; children under 14: free; Art Institute members: free

An Art Institute guide leads a 45-minute tour in French of the museum’s collections.

Thursday, October 13: Paris Highlights Art Institute Tour

Art Institute Gallery Walk Highlighting Paris

  • Thursday, October 13, 2016, at 12:00 p.m.
  • Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago)
  • Art Institute General Admission: $25; $20 for Chicago residents; $22 for IL residents; Students and Seniors (65 and up): $19/14/16 ; children under 14: free; Art Institute members: free

An Art Institute guide leads a 45-minute tour in English of paintings depicting Paris.

Friday, October 14: Anniversary Gala

Chicago-Paris Anniversary Gala Dinner to Benefit Chicago-Paris Educational Exchanges

  • Friday, October 14, 2016, 6:00 p.m. reception; 7:00 p.m. dinner
  • Chicago Yacht Club, 400 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL
  • $200 per person (tax-deductible beyond value of goods and services received)

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Sunday, October 16: Chicago-Paris Rowing Marathon

Chicago-Paris Rowing Marathon

  • Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.
  • WMS Boathouse at Clark Park (3331-3371 N. Rockwell Street, Chicago)
  • Free and open to the public

This year, the CRM has joined with the Paris Committee of CSCI to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Paris and Chicago as sister cities, and to expand the reach of The Rowing Exchange. Now in its 6th year, the Rowing Exchange was started by Susan Hackett and is chaired by Stephanie Leese Emrich of the Paris Committee of CSCI. Visit lpboatclub.org/chicago-river-marathon for more information.

Ongoing: Coco Chanel Portrait in the French Connections Collection at the Sofitel

Coco Chanel Portrait in the French Connections Collection at the Sofitel

  • October 6–12, 2016
  • Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile Lobby (20 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago)
  • Free and open to the public

David Lee Csicsko’s portrait of Coco Chanel will be on display during the week of the Chicago-Paris Anniversary celebration, as part of the French Connections exhibit, on display from August 15October 12, 2016. Throughout the exhibit, 24 of Csicsko’s modern and playful portraits of iconic French personalities will be featured, connecting a local Chicago artist to the French hotel.

Inspired by Csicsko’s colorful artwork, Café des Architectes and Le Bar will feature a special dessert and cocktail crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Anna Young: a Mick Klug Farm Cherry Clafoutis (a classic French dessert combining fresh cherries in rich, dense custard) for $10 and a Coco Chanel Martini with Ciroc Coconut Vodka, St Germain Liqueur, and coconut shavings for $14.

 

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