9 Places to Get a Dose of France in Chicago

Whether it’s their food, fashion or the laid-back lifestyle, there are many reasons to adore la vie francaise. July 14 is Bastille Day, the national holiday of France, and what better occasion to find your dose of France in Chicago, non? Here are nine French-themed places and activities to enjoy in honor of Bastille Day for the Francophiles in all of us.

1. The Chicago French Market

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Located in the West Loop, the European style market brings together 30 local vendors and artisans under one roof, bringing a little bit of everything to the table. Shoppers can get everything from gourmet food and wine to great gifts for any occasion. 131 N. Clinton St., Chicago, 312-575-0306

2. “Oui Madame”

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This Parisian-style boutique will help anyone looking to get their French fix on the North Shore. Stop in to find beautiful jewelry, home decor, accessories and gifts, all with a recognizable French flair. 550 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, 847-441-0182

3. The Music Box Theatre’s French Film Festival

For those who enjoy foreign and specifically French film, the Music Box Theatre is the place to be. From July 31 to Aug. 6, the theatre will show new French films from a variety of genres for people of all tastes. 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, 773-871-6607

4. Patisserie Coralie

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For some people, the first thing they think of when they hear France is “pastry,” and after leaving Patisserie Coralie that is all you will be able to think about. This traditional boutique pastry shop offers a wide selection of French sweets like macarons, tarts and croissants inside a beautiful atmosphere. 600 Davis St., Evanston, 847-905-0491

5. Le Remede

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Le Remede is the ultimate in French skincare. The professionals offer a variety of spa and skincare services all in a chic French atmosphere. Oh, and don’t miss the boutique filled with French skincare products! 1900 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, 312-265-0257

6. The Wilmette French Market

The Wilmette French Market is not your typical farmers market. The market opens every Saturday in the Metra parking lot with a plethora of vendors selling traditional produce as well as local cheeses, breads and gorgeous flowers. Visit through Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 722 Green Bay Road, Wilmette, 847-251-2700

7. Diptyque

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Since 1961, Diptyque has been creating luxury fragrances and scents in true French fashion. Their luxurious products include personal and home fragrances, candles, and artisanal face and body care, all with a variety of amazing scents. Be sure to visit their beautiful Chicago store to pick up a gift for a friend, family member or yourself. 1645 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, 773-252-3989

8. Porte Rouge

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Located in Old Town, Porte Rouge is a shop that specializes in luxury and high-end French tea and tea accessories. The knowledgeable staff can answer any questions you have whether you are well-versed or a newcomer. They also have a selection of French housewares, candles, and gourmet foods that are perfect as a special treat. 1414 N. Wells St., Chicago, 773-269-2800

9. La Creperie

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Established in Chicago in 1972, this restaurant has been creating some of the best crepes in Chicago and arguably the country. Serving more than 25 choices of sweet and savory crepes, La Creperie will have you leaving full and speaking French. Oh, and don’t forget to check out their other French classics like Croque Monsieurs, escargot and pâté. 2845 N. Clark St., Chicago, 773-528-9050

Vive la France!