From Irish pubs and ups scale and casual Mexican and Italian eateries, arguably an unforeseen advantage of a getaway to Chicago is the opportunity to celebrate an ethnic or cultural holiday. So of course it has some good places to celebrate Bastille Day, July 14.
First in a series on where to cheer France’s version of the red, white and blue with good food, music and wine is the Chicago French Market.
Chicago French Market. celebrates Bastille Day with several days of activities and food and wine tastings. The Market is owned by a French company so takes Bastille Day seriously. Going there is also a chance to check it out if you haven’t walked its aisles of tempting taste treats. The Market is on the street level of the Ogilvie Transportation Center between Washington and Randolph Streets. Metro riders in the know go down the back stairway from their train’s platform to pick up goodies before heading to work.
The fun starts July 13th 5 to 7 p.m. with complimentary French wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres, music by Greta Pope and a visit with French Consulate General Graham Paul.
It continues on July 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with international music and from 5 to 7 p.m. with the Prince Saleem and Company jazz trio.
Food specials on July 14 and 15 range from Rouge, Blanc and Bleu cupcakes at Sweet Miss Giving and Saigon Sisters’ Frenchman Banh Mi dish to Frietkoten Belgian Fries and Castelain Blonde Biere de Garde as well as other beers. The Vanille Patisserie will have crème brulee and Abbey Brown Soap Artisan will sell a limited edition French Market Soap.
Lavazza Espression will feature special coffees, cheese and bread through July.
Chicago French Market 31 N. Clinton St., Chicago, IL 60606, 312-575-0306