Sister Cities: Paris and Chicago

Who knew it was the 20th anniversary of Paris and Chicago becoming sister cities?

First, a little history on the term “sister cities,” the modern term was developed after WWII to broaden friendship and diplomatic understanding between two cultures.

Paris and Chicago have been sister cities since 1996, and coincidentally they are two of my favorite cities. Chicago is the city I call home, and Paris the city I find myself dreaming about.

If you want to find traces of Paris in Chicago, I put together a short list:

Bistro Bordeaux (Evanston)

An authentic French Bistro in the heart of Downtown Evanston.

618 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201

Les Nomades (Magnificent Mile)

If fine French dinning is what you seek, enjoy a fixed four course menu for $125. Not the mention an exquisite selection of wines.

222 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611


Mon Ami Gabi (Lincoln Park)

A classic French Bistro in the heart of Lincoln Park, located at the classic Belden Stratford. Enjoy a traditional French dinner or join for Sunday Brunch.

2300 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614

Bistrot Zinc (Gold Coast)

At Bistrot Zinc they offer classic French “neighborhood” food. Moderately priced in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Chicago.

1131 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

Chicago French Market (West Loop)


A Market that brings together a collection of 30 local vendors.

131 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60661

Toni Patisserie & Cafe (Loop)

The owner, Toni, spent three years in France before opening her first bakery in Hindsdale. Now with a location in Chicago, she provides nothing more than the finest pastries.

65 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

La Fournette (Old Town)

An authentic French bakery and cafe in the heart of Old Town.

1547 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610

P.O.S.H (River North)

Antique house-ware shop carrying products from auction houses and European flea markets.

613 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

Picnic Like a Parisian

Chicago has many parks to enjoy a lovely picnic in the summer and fall. If you want to make it into a Parisian affair, you must bring the following:

  • A Freshly-Baked Baguette
  • Selection of Cheeses
  • Charcuterie
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Sweets and Pastries
  • Sparkling water
  • A bottle of wine

Chicago French Film Festival

Every Summer the Music Box Theatre hosts the French Film Festival. Stay tuned for Summer 2016 dates.

3733 N. Southport Ave  Chicago, IL 60613

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