The French Cultural Service office in Chicago develops cultural and educational projects and initiatives. Under the direction of the French Ambassador to the United States and the Cultural Advisor in New York, its mandate is to promote and sustain high-spirited exchanges between the most promising French and American artists, writers, thinkers and educators in the jurisdiction: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Programs, projects or initiatives benefitting from the support of the Cultural Office, in conjunction with the Embassy of France in the United States are usually also supported by the non-profit partner FACE and Institut Francais.









Jean-Pierre Melville 100

May 20 - June 2, 2017
Cleveland Cinematheque
Considered the forerunner of the French New Wave and the man who wrote a unique chapter in the history of genre film, the Cleveland Cinematheque marks Melville's centennial year with a series of six of his key works.

Memory of Dust by Theatre d'Ange Fou at Physical Festival

June 2-4, 2017
Physical Festival Chicago - Stage 773
Inspired by the French writer Robert Desnos, letters, papers, poems, the surrealist movement in Paris, and the Second World War, the latest duet by the Theatre de l’Ange Fou, Memory of Dust is a modernist fable on the enduring connection of two souls.

Le Seminaire de Français de Chicago 2017

23-24 juin 2017
Alliance Française Chicago
Le Service culturel du Consulat général de France à Chicago, en partenariat avec l’Alliance Française de Chicago et le Lycée Français de Chicago, organise une formation intensive pour les professeurs américains de français (K – 12 ; universités) du Midwest afin de les aider à diversifier leurs supports pédagogiques et leurs techniques d’animation en classe de Français.

Rodin: The Human Experience

May 6 - July 30, 2017
Flint Institute of Arts
In commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the death of sculptor Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), the Flint Institute of Arts presents Rodin: The Human Experience/Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections.

Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist

June 25 - Sept 10, 2017
The Art Institute of Chicago
This exhibition is the first to delve into Paul Gauguin's radical experiments in the applied arts, underscoring his highly personal achievements not only as a painter but also as a sculptor, ceramist, printmaker, and decorator.

Expo Chicago Announces 2017 French Curators | Florence Derieux & Katell Jaffrès

Expo Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, announces Florence Derieux from Centre Pompidou as IN/SITU curator, as well as Katell Jaffrès from Palais de Tokyo for Hors Les Murs Exhibition in partnership with the Institut Français and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US.

Children in Paris: The Birthday Boy and Friends

Jan 14 - Oct 8, 2017
Minneapolis Institute of Art
This focused exhibition presents works on paper by Cassatt, Renoir, Lepère, and others with children as their subject, a popular subject in French art in the 1880s and 1890s.

Vive L'Amérique: French School Children Welcome Their American Ally

March 21 - October 15, 2017
National World War I Museum and Memorial

When the Great War started in the summer of 1914, a school teacher in the Montmartre district of Paris asked his students, boys ages 8-13, to write essays and express in drawings how the war would affect their daily lives.


Chicago & France: A New International Exchange Resilient Images

Hyde Park Art Center launches “Resilient Images,” a new international project in collaboration with the Centre régional de la photographie Nord—Pas-de-Calais (CRP) located in the North of France.

Interview with Justine Pluvinage, Video-Film Artist

[Chicago]: Read an interview with video-film artist Justine Pluvinage, part of Resilient Images, an artist-in-residence program between the Centre regional de la photographie Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.

My Favorite French Dish or Pastry Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Chicago A La Carte Festival 2016’s “My Favorite French Dish or Pastry Contest”!
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