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.









Director Olivier Babinet presents “Swagger ” in a special tour in the Midwest

Director Olivier Babinet will be presenting his latest film SWAGGER in the Midwest from July 20-24.

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.

Films on the Lake 2017

June 14 - August 28, 2017

Films on the Lake is a free outdoor French film festival produced annually in Chicago parks by the Cultural Service at the


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.


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.

Posters as Munitions, 1917

Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 18, 2018
National World War I Museum and Memorial
National WWI Museum in Kansas City presents for the first time an exhibit of posters that played its part as a munition of the Great War.

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”!

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".
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