Films on the Lake 2017

June 14 - August 28, 2017
Free French film festival in Chicago Parks
Films with subtitles

Films on the Lake is a free outdoor French film festival produced annually in Chicago parks by the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago and the Chicago Park District.

As part of the Chicago Park District’s 17th annual free outdoor Movies in the Parks, presented by Bank of America, seven French films will be shown with English or Spanish subtitles on the big screen over the course of seven summer evenings. Each screening will be part of a larger celebration in which musical entertainment and samples of food will be provided.

Films on the Lake is organized in partnership with the Alliance Française de Chicago, the Lycée Français de Chicago, the DuSable Museum, the Center on Halsted, the Consulate General of Mexico, Fiesta del Sol, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the generous support of Kids Trail, TV5MONDE, Blue Foundation, and Bel Brands USA

Free and open to the public | Films in French with English or Spanish subtitles
Music and free cheese provided!


June 14, 7:30pm | Winnemac Park  *POSTPONED FOR SEPTEMBER (DATE TBD)* 
A CAT IN PARIS by Alain Gagnol & Jean-Loup Felicioli, 2010, PG, 70 min.
With a performance by the Choir of the Lycée Français de Chicago and DJ Maxime Bonnard 

June 21, 7:30pm | Kathy Osterman Beach 
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG by Jacques Demy, 1964, G, 91 min.
With a performance by the Edgewater Singers and DJ Maxime Bonnard


July 14, 8:30pm | Lycée français de Chicago

ERNEST AND CÉLESTINE by Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, & Stéphane Aubier, 2012, PG, 80 min.

July 29, 7:15pm | Harrison Park
A MONSTER IN PARIS by Bilbo Bergeron, 2011, PG, 90 min.
With a performance by Matt Griffo 

August 6, 7:15pm | Gill Park
TOMBOY by Céline Sciamma, 2011, NR, 82 min. 

August 10, 7:15pm | DuSable Musuem  
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO by Raoul Peck, 2016, PG-13, 93 min.
With a performance by The Bridge

August 28, 7:30pm | Montgomery Ward Park
APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD by Christian Desmares & Frank Ekincki, 2015, PG, 103 min.

With a performance by DJ Maxime Bonnard

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Films on the Lake would like to thank its sponsors and partners:

TV5MONDE, Bel Brands USA, and the Blue Foundation

The Lycée Français de Chicago and Kids Trail for A Cat in Paris

The Edgewater Singers and Make Music Chicago for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The National Museum of Mexican Art, the Consulate General of Mexico, and Kids Trail for A Monster in Paris


The Queer Film Society and the Center on Halsted for Tomboy 

The DuSable Museum and The Bridge for I Am Not Your Negro

The Alliance Française de Chicago and Kids Trail for April and the Extraordinary World


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A Monster in Paris

July 29, 2017 | 7:15 pm
Harrison Park (Chicago)
1824 S. Wood St.
Chicago, IL 60608

April and the Extraordinary World

August 28, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Montgomery Ward Park
630 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, Illinois 60606


August 6, 2017 | 7:15 pm
Gill Park
825 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613

I Am Not Your Negro

August 10, 2017 | 7:15 pm
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E 56th Pl
Chicago, IL 60637

Ernest and Célestine

July 14, 2017 | 5:30 pm
Lycée Français de Chicago
1929 W Wilson Ave,
Chicago, IL 60640