Francophiles can experience French joie de vivre in Chicago by heading to one of these Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile-approved spots. From iconic French art to Parisian accommodations and more, inspired experiences are aplenty in the Windy City.
This summer, greet the weekend like a Parisian at the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile (20 E. Chestnut St., 312.324.4000). Spend Fridays at Le Bar for Blooms and Bubbles, which provides a classic French experience with all things floral. Purchase a bottle of select rosé, champagne or wine and take home a bright, beautiful bouquet from local florist Flowers for Dreams. Or, opt to munch on light bites and sip a refreshing summer cocktail, which can be paired with a bouquet for an extra $5.
Photo courtesy of Alliance Française de Chicago
Immerse yourself in French culture at Alliance Française de Chicago (810 N. Dearborn St., 312.337.1070), where you can enjoy cooking classes, discuss celebrated novels or simply sharpen your French speaking skills. Delicate cuisine, rich literature and casual conversation await.
The Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago provides a dose of entertainment with their summertime programming, Films on the Lake. Through September, enjoy a French flick in one of the city’s parks at this free, festive series.
The Art Institute of Chicago. North Stanley McCormick Memorial Garden. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.
French masterpieces are at no shortage at the Art Institute of Chicago, where you can admire world-renowned work in the European Painting and Sculpture collection. Marvel at Monet’s “Water Lilies,” Seurat’s “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” and a whole host of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism delights.
Photo courtesy of Roche Bobois
Admire French aesthetics at Roche Bobois (222 W. Hubbard St., 312.995.0275), the interiors trendsetters whose art de vivre-inspired work recall artisanal goods found in small European workshops. Experienced design consultants at their River North showroom will work with you to customize a design plan for any luxe interior project.