• Meet at the CAF Shop and Tour Center (224 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago)

Offered by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 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. Tour is two hours;…

  • Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile Lobby, 20 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago

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 15–October 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…

  • 10:30 AM
  • WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, 3331-3371 N. Rockwell Street, Chicago

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…

  • 06:00 PM
  • Chicago Yacht Club, 400 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL

Join the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Paris at a Parisian-inspired gala. All proceeds to benefit educational exchanges between Chicago and Paris. $200 per person (tax-deductible beyond value of goods and services received). Learn more about the Memorandum of Understanding between…

  • 12:00 PM
  • Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

An Art Institute guide leads a 45-minute tour in English of paintings depicting Paris. Art Institute General Admission applies: $25; $20 for Chicago residents; $22 for IL residents; Students and Seniors (65 and up): $19/14/16 ; children under 14: free. Visit artic.edu. This event is part of the official celebration of the 20th anniversary of the…

  • 07:00 AM
  • Various Locations on Marathon Route

In celebration of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, various Chicago Sister Cities International committees join with international organizations and foreign consulates to cheer on and celebrate international runners at points along the marathon route. Stations will have signs in foreign languages, flags and other activities. View Chicago Marathon Cheering Stations in a larger map…

  • 12:00 PM
  • Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

An Art Institute guide leads a 45-minute tour in French of the museum’s collections. General admission rates apply: $25; $20 for Chicago residents; $22 for IL residents; Students and Seniors (65 and up): $19/14/16 ; children under 14: free. Visit artic.edu. This event is part of the official celebration of the 20th anniversary of the sister city…

  • 06:00 PM
  • Alliance Française de Chicago, 810 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago (Enter on Chicago Avenue)

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….

  • 07:00 AM

In celebration of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, various Chicago Sister Cities International committees join with international organizations and foreign consulates to cheer on and celebrate international runners at points along the marathon route on Sunday, October 11. Stations will have signs in foreign languages, flags and other activities. Committee Cheering Station Locations • Gothenburg,…

  • 07:00 PM
  • Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, 4802 N. Broadway Street, Chicago

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Paris, the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International invites Chicago Slam Works to showcase the work of Collective 129H, poets/performers Rouda, Neobled and Lyor. Together with Marc Smith, founder of the poetry slam, and Chicago Slam Works poets, they create a dynamic interpretive performance. The resulting poetic performance can be…

  • 07:00 AM

In celebration of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, various Chicago Sister Cities International committees will join with international organizations and foreign consulates to cheer on and celebrate international runners at points along the marathon route on Sunday, October 9. Stations will have signs in foreign languages, flags and other activities. Committee Cheering Station Locations…

  • 07:00 AM

In celebration of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, various Chicago Sister Cities International committees will join with international organizations and foreign consulates to cheer on and celebrate international runners at points along the marathon route on Sunday, October 8. Stations will have signs in foreign languages, flags and other activities. Committee Cheering Station Locations…

  • 07:00 PM
  • Polo Café (3322 S. Morgan Street, Chicago)

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.” The evening is introduced by the Poetry Slam team from Paris and continues with special appearance by Paris-based world troubadour Eric Vincent. Let…

  • 12:00 PM
  • The Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior Street, Chicago

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Paris, the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International invites Chicago Slam Works to showcase the work of Collective 129H, poets/performers Rouda, Neobled and Lyor. Together with Marc Smith, founder of the poetry slam, and Chicago Slam Works poets, they create a dynamic interpretive performance. The resulting poetic performance can be…

  • 04:30 PM
  • Chicago Riverwalk on the Jetty between Wells and Franklin

This summer, Chicago Sister Cities International brings a global vibe to Chicago’s iconic Riverwalk for a six week celebration of Chicago’s sister cities with Unifest. Unifest will celebrate Chicago’s 28 sister cities through food, drink and music. Unifest will run every Thursday evening from 4:30–8:30pm beginning on July 13 on the Jetty area of the…

  • Chicago Riverwalk on the Jetty between Wells and Franklin

This summer, Chicago Sister Cities International brings a global vibe to Chicago’s iconic Riverwalk for a six week celebration of Chicago’s sister cities with Unifest. Unifest will celebrate Chicago’s 28 sister cities through food, drink and music. Unifest will run every Thursday evening from 4:30–8:30pm beginning on July 13 on the Jetty area of the…

  • Chicago Riverwalk on the Jetty between Wells and Franklin

This summer, Chicago Sister Cities International brings a global vibe to Chicago’s iconic Riverwalk for a six week celebration of Chicago’s sister cities with Unifest. Unifest will celebrate Chicago’s 28 sister cities through food, drink and music. Unifest will run every Thursday evening from 4:30–8:30pm beginning on July 13 on the Jetty area of the…

  • 02:00 PM
  • Old Crow Smokehouse, River North, 149 W. Kinzie Street, Chicago

Join Us For A Live Broadcast From Europe’s Favorite Music Competition Chicago Sister Cities International presents a free Eurovision Song Contest Viewing Party on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 2 p.m.-5:30 (or when the contest ends!). The contest will be streamed live from Stockholm, Sweden. Before American Idol, there was the Eurovision Song Contest. Since…

  • 06:30 PM
  • Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL

The inaugural concert of The Bridge, a network of jazz musicians from Chicago and France who have come together to promote transatlantic musical exchange, takes place this April in Chicago. The Bridge was founded to encourage all aspects of musical collaboration, including touring, recording and documenting jazz and improvisational music across cultures. A network of…