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.




Le Bulletin Educatif du Midwest (Janvier 2016)






La Mélancolie des dragons by Vivarium Studio – Philippe Quesne

January 19-22 & January 26-28, 2017
Columbus & Minneapolis
With an ingenious hand for reinventing the conventions of theater, Philippe Quesne smartly constructs La mélancolie des dragons into a work that celebrates the absurd and explores the profound joy of friendship.

Kapwani Kiwanga: The Sum and its Parts

January 20 - March 12, 2017
Logan Art Center Chicago
For her first solo exhibition in the United States, Kiwanga presents a selection of newly commissioned work.

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”!

France sweeps 5 prizes at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival

No less than 5 prizes go to French productions at the 2016 Chicago International Children's Film Festival!

Question the Wall Itself featuring Janette Laverrière

Nov 17, 2016 - May 21, 2017
Walker Art Center
Question the Wall Itself, including artist Janette Laverrière, examines ways that interior spaces and décor can be fundamental to the understanding of cultural identity.

My Favorite French Dish or Pastry Contest for Chicago Area K-12 students

As part of the à la carte festival, the Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago and the American Association of Teachers of French (Chicago – North Illinois Chapter) are organizing a drawing, writing and video contest around the theme "My Favorite French Dish or Pastry".

CARLA Conference

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) presented the Sixth International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education: Connecting Research and Practice Across Contexts. The Embassy of France was happy to participate in the CARLA conference and act as one of its sponsors October 20-22, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Clara Orban, DePaul University Professor, is awarded Chevalier of the Palmes Académiques

Consul General of France, Vincent Floreani presented in a ceremony the distinction of Knight of the Palmes Académiques to Clara Orban, Professor of French and Italian at DePaul University on May 6, 2016.

Gloria Groom, Senior Curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, receives French Legion of Honor

Gerard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States awarded in a ceremony the distinction of Knight of the Legion of Honor to Gloria Groom, chair of the Art Institute of Chicago’s European Painting and Sculpture Department on April 29, 2016.
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