AllianceFrLOGO Alliance Française du North Shore, Inc. (IL)
Founded in 1912 as "The French Club of Evanston"
2012 was our CENTENNIAL YEAR
P.O. Box 1750, Evanston, IL 60204 USA     new Email: info[@]

Put a little French language in your life in 2017
and join us
at one of our events.

  We are but one chapter of the not-for-profit cultural and educational Alliance Française organization, a worldwide network of not-for-profit chapters which seek to educate its members about francophone cultures, history and literature, and the French language.

        Il y en aura pour tous les goûts!

    Is your French a little rusty?   Pas de problème!   Come and enjoy the camaraderie of French-speaking people in Chicago's  northern suburbs situated along the shores of Lake Michigan (northeastern Cook County & southeastern Lake County). Benefit from our excellent lecture programs which take place once a month (on Monday afternoons) during our September-April lecture season, a few special events, and benefit from our many year-'round activities.

AFduNS' Special Events or Cultural Excursions coming up soon:

AFduNS' Déjeuner du printemps -- le 8 mai 2017 :

---AFduNS Déjeuner MENU ---
à midi et demi, Highland Park
a Private Event at Café Central, 455 Central Street
Apéritif: Kir.
Salade maison et assortiment de crudités aux amandes grillées, vinaigrette au vinaigre balsamique ou
Potage d'asperges et épinards.
Plat principal:
Demi poulet rôti à la purée de pommes de terre et petits légumes. Sauce : réduction de bouillon de veau ou
Saumon grillé aux lentilles vertes, légumes grillés, vinaigrette au vinaigre balsamique ou
Steak frites et petits légumes. Sauce : réduction de bouillon veau à l'ail confit.
Dessert : Tarte aux pommes ou Profiteroles.
Boisson: Café, thé et sodas.
(Vins au verre disponibles et à régler au bar)
Pain: Français.
Prix fixe: $50.00 non-Member; Member $45.; taxes et service compris.
(L'AFduNS subventionne le repas des membres.)
Veuillez contacter Mme Linda Martin si vous avez des restrictions alimentaires.
-- RSVP & pre-payment to our Treasurer is due before April 28. --

Conversation will be mainly in French. Fine dining restaurant in Highland Park, IL. Pre-paid Reservations are required.
Deadline for RSVP with pre-payment to our Treasurer is: by 9pm, April 27.
Click this link to access your printable pdf of our 2017 Déjeuner's Reservation-Form: RSVP Déjeuner Form

...If you would like a reservation-form e-mailed to you,
please request one at alliancefn @ before April 20.

     . . . Other Special Events - excursions - are occasionally organized to visit a nearby cultural site, or attend a local francophile event, as a francophone group. Please attend one of our monthly meetings during the schoolyear to find out about any such events being planned or email us at Info @ to request details.

AFduNS Membership

If you are interested in being part of a friendly francophone environment, visit one of our lecture programs during the schoolyear.  If you wish to have membership privileges, our annual dues are probably $50 (with half-year prorated-dues after January), just print out our  Membership form , and snail-mail it to us with your check, or hand it to our Treasurer at an event. All skill levels welcome, beginner to fluent. Our members range from native speakers to present-and-former French teachers to present-and-former French students.
We do not have any office space so please write to us at AFduNS, P.O.Box 1750, Evanston, IL 60204, or by email, Info @

AFduNS Membership Benefits
Among the many benefits of an annual membership:
--Members can receive monthly reminders of upcoming Lecture-Program Topics and Café events via postcard or eMailed Rappel announcements or Meet-Up notifications;
--Members can receive their own copy of our annual Member-Directory, Annuaire, (published each November or December),
--Members can receive one or two "NewsBrief" newsletters each year.
--Our lecture program's entrance fee is waived for members.
--Members usually receive a small discount on fees to our special events.
--A Member is encouraged to bring a Guest, without charge, once a year, to a lecture program.
--Members are also eligible to apply for access our Members-Only activities such as: Cercle de Lecture, Cercle des Contes, Ciné Club, Café Littéraire, Cercle des Textes Variés and our jeudi soir Classe de Conversation.

Si vous voulez améliorer votre compréhension et expression
de la langue française, venez vous joindre à nous,
pour écouter et converser en français.

AF du NS has a Month-at-a-Glance Calendar
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Many, but not all, of our numerous AFduNS events that occur each month are shown "month-at-a-glance" by visiting our AFduNS-MeetUp-Calendar. (One must first establish a MeetUp account to access this feature.) Note: by clicking this link, you will leave this Homepage and be taken to AFduNS' Month-at-a-Glance-Calendar (indicates many, but not all, of our Events)

AFduNS Year-'Round: "Café Conversations"

Steaming cup--- Café Conversations ---
"Conversation Matin" (formerly Café Conversations - Matin), first Mondays ":
One Monday morning a month, (usually First Mondays) at 10:00am, we meet at a café "pour bavarder en français." Rendez-vous at the Panera (Wilmette), at 1199 Wilmette Ave, (just east of the Metra-C&NW rail tracks). . . Bring a friend! Purchase your refreshment and then look for us at the several tables near the southeast exit (or sometimes inside the enclosed room north of the sales-counter). Open to Members and non-Members, beginners to fluent. If you enjoy this activity, and have not become a Member yet, please become a Member! Listening in French is encouraged. We generally have 18 to 24 participants each month. .... This Café Conversation group was founded sometime before 2001. Join us! It is optional to RSVP, if you are part of our account by visiting
Mark your calendar now for :

- - - Mon. Sep. 5, 2016, 10am-11am
- - - Mon. Oct. 3, 2016, 10am-11am
- - - Mon. Nov. 7, 2016, 10am-11am
- - - Mon. Dec. 5, 2016, 10am-11am
- - - Mon. Jan. 2, 2017, 10am-11am
- - - Mon. Feb. 6, 2017, 10am-11am
- - - Mon. Mar. 6, 2017, 10am-11am
- - - Mon. Apr. 3, 2017, 10am-11am
- - - Mon. May 1, 2017, 10am-11am
- - - Mon. Jun. 5, 2017, 10am-11am

" Café Conversation - Soir" :
One evening per month, from 6pm-7pm, we'll meet for friendly conversation, in French, at the Panera-Downtown-Wilmette, at 1199 Wilmette Ave, just east of the Metra-C&NW tracks. Purchase your optional refreshment and look for us in the main dining area.
Open to Members and non-Members, beginners to fluent. Listening in French is encouraged. Please become an AFduNS Member if you enjoy this activity regularly. A fluent AFduNS member will serve as conversation facilitator. .... This Café Conversation group was founded in September, 2006. Mark your calendar now [usually Third Thursdays] :

- - - Thurs, Aug 18, 2016, 6-7pm
- - - Thurs, Sep 15, 2016, 6-7pm
- - - Thurs, Oct 20, 2016, 6-7pm
- - - Thurs, Nov 17, 2016, 6-7pm
- - - Thurs, Dec 15, 2016, 6-7pm
- - - Thurs, Jan 19, 2017, 6-7pm
- - - Thurs, Feb 16, 2017, 6-7pm
- - - Thurs, Mar 16, *..this night's is pre-empted due to our Claudia Hommel/Liz Doyle very SPECIAL music&art EVENT at the WPL!*

- - - Thurs, Apr 20, 2017, 6-7pm
- - - Thurs, May 18, 2017, 6-7pm
- - - Thurs, Jun 15, 2017, 6-7pm

"Apéro Conversation" (formerly known as Café Conversations- Soir 2", or "Apéro":   
-- One Monday evening per month, meet fellow Francophones for relaxed, early-evening conversations, in French, usually on fourth Mondays.
Meeting at !NEW LOCATION: Heinen's Grocery Store Café, 1020 Waukegan Rd, Glenview....!
Please order your beverage, pastry and/or sandwich. This fourth-Mondays group was founded in Fall, 2015.

Conversations, in French, will be facilitated by one or more of AFduNS's native- or fluent-speaking leaders. Listening in French is encouraged, all levels welcome.
No membership required for newcomers; regular attendees are encouraged to enroll as a Member of AFduNS.
Account holders of our "AFduNS Meetup" may optionally RSVP at
Mark your calendar now [usually Fourth Mondays] and please come back again to the website for future dates being added:

- - - Monday , Jan. 23, 2017, ! "NEW L O C A T I O N": Heinen's Grocery Store Café !(Address above) ...
                                         . . . . ! NEW T I M E ! 7-8:30pm
- - - Monday , Feb. 27, 2017,  7 -8:30pm, @ Heinen's of Glenview
- - - Monday , Mar. 27, 2017,  7 -8:30pm, @ Heinen's of Glenview
- - - Monday , Apr . 24, 2017,  7 -8:30pm, @ Heinen's of Glenview
- - - Monday , May 22, 2017,  7 -8:30pm, @ Heinen's of Glenview
- - - Monday , Jun xx, 2017,  7 -8:30pm, @ Heinen's of Glenview

AFduNS Lecture Season: September through April

--Our Lecture Programs are offered during the school months at the Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, Illinois, in the Auditorium.
--Please arrive by 12:50pm to get your nametag, then find your seat.
--Members are admitted free to the Lecture; Guests and Visitors (non-Members) pay $10.00 at the door, to our Treasurer, to help defray our expenses for the meeting. Policy adopted August,2011: A first-timer will have their entrance fee waived. Also, a Member may bring a first-timer-Guest without fee, as well.
--After each Lecture, during socializing in French, we present hot coffee or tea with light refreshments.
--To leave an optional RSVP (if you are a member of our afnorthshore Meetup), visit

Current season: Planned Lecture Topics during '16 - '17 school year
Sept.19, 2016
«Barry Callebaut: À la découverte du chocolat», in French, will be given by Ms. Johanne Beauregard, Senior Pricing & Customer Care Director for the Americas for the world's largest chocolate company, Barry Callebaut.
The history and varieties of chocolate, the food that ranks at the top of many Americans' list of péchés mignons. How chocolate is made, from the cocoa bean to the finished product. The company's commitment to educational and sustainability programs in Africa. Visit Callebaut Head-office news at
(This lecture is not a library-sponsored event.) Socializing in French and light refreshments conclude the program.

Oct.17, 2016
« Cameroun: L'Afrique en miniature» , "Cameroon: Africa in miniature" will be given, in French, by Mr. Félix Pené, an AFduNS member and a native of Cameroon.
He is a journalist and the current publisher and editor in chief of Intégration, a newspaper for African communities in the United States. Cameroon is a country whose geography includes a wide variety of natural features found elsewhere throughout Africa but whose history differs markedly from that of its neighbors in West Africa.
Visit IntegrationNews, in French, at
(This lecture is not a library-sponsored event.) Socializing in French and light refreshments conclude the program.

Nov.21, 2016
(This event is not a library-sponsored event.) Socializing in French and light refreshments will conclude the Causerie.

Dec.12, 2016
«La Perspective d'une adolescente sur la musique française de l'Époque romantique» , in French, will be a special piano recital of music by French composers, performed by Miss Ariel N. Redmond.
*Holiday refreshments* will be served.

A Sophomore at Evanston Township High School, Ms. Redmond is an up-and-coming local teen musician who enjoys studying both piano and French.
She has been studying and playing classical piano since the age of seven at the Music Institute of Chicago where she is featured at monthly recitals. Ariel also performs with the Symphony Orchestra at ETHS as well as at local retirement homes. She has studied French for four years and has, in the past two years, begun composing ballads for piano and voice. Ariel has twice won the second-place award at the Sonata-Sonatina Festival organized by the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association and aspires to become a professional musician.
(This lecture is not a library-sponsored event.) Socializing in French and light refreshments will conclude the program.
Jan.9, 2017
A presentation, in French, will be given by Solange Sior, founder of Soirée Lyrique
, who will describe how she organizes vocal concerts of selections from operatic works, sacred music and show tunes, and she will lead a sing-along for us. Further speaker info can be seen at
(This program is not a library-sponsored event.) Socializing in French and light refreshments will conclude the program.
Feb.13, 2017
«Les Grues: Les Ambassadeurs de la Paix» , "Cranes: Ambassadors of Peace", in French, with Mr. Hall Healy, an AFduNS member and past President of the International Crane Foundation.
The ICFoundation seeks to protect the lives and habitats of the 15 species of cranes that can be found on five continents. Mr. Healy will also share how, with their local partners around the world, this NGO helps improve the lives and livelihoods of the local inhabitants in countries such as Vietnam and North Korea, at the same time as it works to protect these beautiful, iconic, but nonetheless, endangered birds.
Also visit
(This lecture is not a library-sponsored event.) Socializing in French and light refreshments will conclude the program.

    n.b.: At this point of our lecture season, AFduNS Memberships will now be available at half-price (to run through balance of our fiscal year) and may be purchased at the door or by snail mail. Become a Member! Please print and fill out your Membership Form from this webpage: '16-'17 MembershipForm. (try clicking the link to the PDF version once you get to the MembForm page)
Mar.20, 2017
«Ernst, ou le génie d'un artiste haïtien en diaspora »
will be given, in French, by Chicago-based Haitian publisher Mr. Owen Leroy, with an analysis of the "Universality through the Sixth Sense" art movement created by Haitian artist Ernst Guerrier as described in the 2015 book of the same title. Mr. Leroy will display samples of the art, and share the results of his personal research into the worlds of Haitian artists.
For further speaker info, visit
Socializing in French and light refreshments are offered at the conclusion of the presentation.
Apr.17, 2017
« Un Voyage à travers le Sahara », A Journey across the Sahara,
will be presented, in French, by AFduNS member Mr. Sean Burke. He will project slides from his 2002 journey from Alexandria to Dakar, to cross the Sahara Desert, passing through Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal. He’ll recap some principal events in the region in recent years, and reflect on the role of France in its former colonies.
As our Annual Meeting, prior to the introduction of our Guest Speaker, a vote will be taken among members to elect our slate for Directors whose term will begin June 1; our slate of nominees was announced at our March program meeting.
Socializing in French and light refreshments are offered at the conclusion of the presentation.
May 8, 2017 Déjeuner du printemps:
Our annual Spring Luncheon, in French, will be held at a fine dining restaurant of the North Shore: Café Central of Highland Park.
Begins at 12:30pm. Pre-paid Reservations with order-form MUST be received by our Treasurer by 9pm April 27. Reservations are $45.00 compris (Prix Fixe, Tax and Tip included) for a Member; $5.00 higher(Prix Fixe, with Tax and Tip included) for a non-Member. Menu and Reservation Form are now visible at the top of this webpage during April 2017!

--Please arrive at the Library a bit early, by 12:50pm, to find your nametag, socialize in French and find your seat.
--You will also hear our announcements of current local francophone events.
--Our Guest Speakers and Presenters usually give a 40-60 minute program.
--We generally conclude by socializing over coffee and snacks through about 2:45pm. 
--Our Conference topics are also announced in many local papers and on many local "Calendar" websites.
--Nearly all our Presenters are fluent francophones.

AFduNS' "Souvenirs de guerre — 1939-1945 — World War II Remembered" :

AFduNS produced a DVD video (in French with English subtitles), with an optional companion personal-stories booklet, "Souvenirs de guerre — 1939-1945 — World War II Remembered", was recorded in early 2014 and presents firsthand telling of wartime memories of several of our older members.(suggested donation amounts run $10-$40, see our Membership Form for ordering).
As of March, 2016, a limited number of copies are remaining. Act now to request your set before they are all gone!
The content was also the featured subject in a recent episode of a Glenview Cable TV program called “Off the Shelf,” which aired in May 2015, in which AFduNS members Bill Sand and Margot Steinhart were interviewed about the project. The 24-minute O.T.S. interview is now on YouTube: . Clicking this link will take you there to enjoy it, but you will leave this AFduNS homepage: the YouTube 24-min.Interview (O.T.S. #3778 ).

AFduNS Cours de Conversation :
     Tuesdays, 3:30-5. ...announced as of ~Feb.2017.
(Enrollment open to Members Only):

We offer one French class, a Cours de Conversation suitable for Intermediate to Advanced students , led by Prof. Roland Dubosq on Tuesday Afternoons in Wilmette.
Various materials are used: articles, poems, songs, grammar worksheets; no text is required, current events covered by TV5-Monde may be topics as well.
Winter Series ran eleven lessons: December 22- March 9 (NO CLASS Dec. 29)
Spring '17 Series runs ~Mar. 14- ~May30.
Full Series fee is due in advance, $164, but, fees can be prorated for those who join part way into the Quarter (if there are any seats are open).
[Maximum of ~12 students] You may request to be added to the waiting list if the enrollment is currently full. AFduNS Membership is a prerequisite. An 11-week series cannot be offered unless 8 or more students have registered and pre-paid before the first meeting of the quarter. For current information, email us at Info @ or contact Mme. Mary Sproul. If you wish to audit one class to see if the level and format suit you, please email the club to arrange your visit. This popular weekly class was founded well before 1996.
     If you are looking for other levels of French: Please call the New Trier Extension office (NTX), of Northfield, Illinois, to leave a message, at 847-446-6600, or visit their "NTX Course Catalog Online" at where you will find a broad array of 5 to 8 excellent courses for francophones, offered on a semester-schedule (~15-week).

AFduNS Cercles : (for Members Only):

AFduNS «Cercle des contes» (for Members Only):
This conversation group usually meets about six times per schoolyear, in the early afternoon, at a member's home, to discuss a short literary work which was assigned at a previous meeting. The selection is usually suited to advanced-beginners through intermediate-level students of French. This group was founded before 2006. AFduNS Membership is a prerequisite. Enrollment is limited so you will likely have to be put on a waiting list.
'16-'17 Planned Dates are:
  -24octobre (NOT oct10) - 28 novembre -20 février-27 mars-24 avril- 22 mai-
Enrollment is limited, so you might have to be put on a waiting list. Send us an email to request further details.

AFduNS «Cercle de lecture» (for Members Only):
This conversation group usually meets about 6 times per schoolyear to discuss a renowned, full-length francophone literary work. The reading and discussion level is suited for advanced-level francophones through native speakers. AFduNS Membership is a prerequisite. This group was founded before 2002. Enrollment is limited so you will likely have to be put on a waiting list. Send us an email to request further details.

Cercle de lecture -- calendrier '16-'17
le 10 octobre — Beauvoir in love (Irène Frain)
le 7 novembre — Un brillant avenir, parties 1 & 2 (Catherine Cusset)
le 6 décembre(mardi) — Un brillant avenir, parties 3 & 4
le 16 janvier — Le collier rouge (Jean-Christophe Rufin)
le 6 février — « Art » (Yasmina Reza)
le 13 mars — Les souvenirs (David Foenkinos)
le 10 avril — film: Les Souvenirs
le 15 mai — L’étranger (Albert Camus) & Meursault, contre-enquête (Kamel Daoud)

AFduNS « Café littéraire » (for Members Only):
Niveau: Posséder une bonne connaissance du français permettant une participation active à des échanges et des débats. On se réunir dans un café à Wilmette, troisème mardi du mois, septembre à mai. Limite 12 participants. Veuillez contacter Mme. Rano c/o Info [@] . This group was founded in mid-2009. Membership Required to join this activity.Enrollment is limited so you will likely have to be put on a waiting list. A literary work is often the focus of conversation:
le 20 septembre --- Le chapeau de Mitterand
le 18 octobre --- Chagrin d'école
le 15 novembre --- L'Enfant de Noé
le 20 décembre --- Sa femme
le 17 janvier --- Le Village de l'Allemand
le 21 février --- La Stratégie des antilopes
le 21 mars --- Une Parisienne à Chicago
le 18 avril --- Balzac et la petite tailleuse chinoise
le 16 mai --- L'Art

AFduNS « Cercle des Textes Variés » (for Members Only):
A popular opportunity for reading and discussing-- in French-- selected shorter texts using a “peer learning” model where participants help each other improve their reading and speaking abilities. Held on the second Tuesday of the month, at Panera of Wilmette. This group was founded in Spring of 2014. Membership Required to join this activity. Enrollment is limited so you will likely have to be put on a waiting list.

AFduNS «Le Ciné-Club»          ( longer just for Members Only !) :

cinecinecine      LE CINÉ-CLUB: Our next films will be shown at the Multipurpose Room of the Glenview Public Library at 1930 Glenview Road, usually on 'second Thursdays'.
     A moderated discussion, led in French, with refreshments, follows each AFduNS-sponsored showing. Séance suivie de discussion animée par une/un membre.
     Seating is limited and attendance by pre-reserved seat(s), RSVP, by please sending your email entitled “Le Ciné-Club” to Info @ by a week before the showing, or, use your Meetup account to RSVP a week or more before the showing. AFduNS Members given higher priority for seating.      This group was founded in 2007.

     (This is not a GPL library-sponsored event; individuals with disabilities who require special accommodation to participate: please let us know at Info at least 5 business days beforehand so that a reasonable accommodation, if appropriate, can be made.)
Our PLANNED FILMS for '16-'17 schoolyear:

     Sept. 8 , 2016 at 1:00pm: « Le Grand blond avec une chaussure noire» (1972, comedy). Film by Yves Robert, starring Pierre Richard, Jean Rochefort and Bernard Blier. An unsuspecting musician becomes involved in a counter-espionage plot that leads to several adventures in which the unwitting agent escapes capture alternately by luck or ineptitude.

     Oct. 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm: ... « Le Vice et la Vertu »(Vice and Virtue)

     Nov. 10 , 2016 at 1:00 pm: ... « Molière »

     Dec. 8 , 2016 at 1:00 pm: ... « Joyeux Noël» (Merry Christmas), 2005. Based on historic events, this film dramatizes an unofficial truce among French, German, and Scottish troops on Christmas Eve on the Western Front in 1914.

     Jan. 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm: ... « Incendies» (Fires)

     Feb. 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm: ... « De Rouille et d'os » (Of Rust and Bone)

     Mar. 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm: ... « Artemisia »

     Apr. 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm: ... « Amour »(Love)

     May 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm: ... « And Now...Ladies and Gentlemen » (And Now...Ladies and Gentlemen )
     . . . . FILM Titles shown in the past at our «Le Ciné-Club» screenings included:
-- Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (Amélie, 2001, comedy, romance)
-- L’Homme du train (The Man on the Train, 2002, crime, drama, thriller)
-- La Haine. (Hate, 1995, crime, drama).
-- La fille sur le pont. (The girl on the bridge, 1999, comedy, drama, romance)
-- Un long dimanche de fiançailles (A Very Long Engagement, 2004, drama, mystery, romance)
-- Les Visiteurs (The Visitors, 1993, comedy/fantasy/sci-fi)
-- . . .
-- Le scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
-- La voie lactée (The Milky Way)
-- Manon des Sources
-- Jean de Florette
-- La doublure (The Valet )
-- La Cage au Folles
-- Les Invasions barbares
-- Vénus beauté (institut) (The Venus Beauty Institute)
-- Le dîner des cons
-- La Petite Lili
-- Au revoir les enfants
-- Être and Avoir
-- Fauteuil d'orchestre (Avenue Montaigne)

AFduNS Membership Form:    Print, then snail-mail it Membership Form

AFduNS' Board of Directors, Officers and Committee Leaders, serving through May 31, 2017 : Conseil et Comités. . .n.b.: Not all browsers can display the .pdf.
     The success of our club's events relies on active participation of our members. What is your favorite aspect of our AFduNS activities? Please consider helping out. You will also have the benefit of making new francophone friends. Just mention your interest to one of our current committee members. Your ideas and participation are awaited.

AFduNS History (Historique): Click here to view additional chapter history

L'Alliance Française du North Shore
a fêté le centenaire de sa fondation en tant que le Club-Français d'Evanston le 14 octobre 2012.

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Our Centennial Reception with music and bilingual program was held at 3pm on October 14, 2012.

AFduNS ByLaws: Click here to view our chapter ByLaws. NOTE: As of September, 2015, our group became incorporated in Illinois, and as a result, NEW BYLAWS will be finalized in late 2016. Watch for them to be uploaded to this site soon thereafter.

AFduNS Guest Speakers of past Lecture Seasons: ...this link takes you to a page showing a few more years-worth of our past speakers and their topics...

-- -- -- -- -- -- Here are other RESOURCES / ORGANIZATIONS / INFO for local francophones:

-- Parisian Salon Concerts in Northbrook-- always a Friday, always Free, always 7:30pm. First FRIDAY of the month at Northbrook Public Library. Founded in 1999, various talented musicians perform. Parisian anecdotes are often offered, in English, by hosts Didier and Jane Lepauw. For upcoming program details, visit them online at

-- LesBavards -- NW Suburban Chicagoland (O'Hare area) -- First Wednesdays of the month, 6:30pm dinner, at a fine-dining restaurant north of O'hare Airport. Informal conversation in French during the meal. This popular monthly dining group was founded in 1999 by Sally Lipscomb. Contact lesbavards @ or visit

-- LesBavards du Nord -- NW Suburban Chicagoland (Buffalo Grove & Wheeling Area)-- Third Saturdays of the month, usually 1:00-2:30pm, at Indian Trails Public Library. Informal conversation in French. This popular monthly group was founded in 2004 by Janet Evans. Contact lesbavardsdunord @ or visit

-- LIAISON newsletter -- Francophone activites & listings for Chicagoland, updated monthly by the staff at the Consulate General of France in Chicago. See a sample at

-- Evanston Public Library -- EPL circulates over 140 films in French. The films are on VHS or DVD, and require a $1 fee in addition to your library-card-in-good-standing ( Wilmette or Skokie cardholders: bring proof-of-residence and photo-ID to register for EPL privileges).

-- Wilmette Public Library -- As of 2006, WPL circulates over 100 films in French, they are listed on a three-page list called "Foreign Films on VHS"; Additional titles on DVD.

-- The Village of Wilmette is named in honor of Antoine Ouilmette, a French-Canadian fur trader. For his part in persuading local Native Americans (Potawatomi) to sign the Treaty of Prairie du Chien in 1829, the U.S. government awarded Ouilmette some 1,280 acres (5.2 km²) of land in present-day Wilmette and Evanston. In 1848, he sold some of the land to farmers and developers and it eventually evolved into modern-day Wilmette. Historical Museum's website is

-- Glenview Public Library -- One Saturday per month there is a francophone conversation circle, centered on a pre-selected topic, with friendly conversation. Call to pre-confirm, (847) 729-7500.

-- Evanston's Levy Senior Center -- On Thursdays there is a francophone conversation circle with friendly conversations centered on preselected topics. Call to pre-confirm, 847.448.8250

-- Mount Prospect Sister Cities Commission -- Mount Prospect has established sister cities status with Sèvres, France. Spring and Fall activities with visitors from Sèvres are often open to the public and francophones. Check the latest news at

-- American Association of Teachers of French, AATF, Chicago/Northern-Illinois Chapter. Their web site:

-- Alliance Française de Chicago (IL) -- The Chicago chapter of Alliance Française has scores of classes and francophone activities every week in their campus at 810 North Dearborn Street Chicago, and is supported by hundreds of active members and is also a non-profit, 501(C)3 organization. Visit their site at for the latest info.

-- Alliance Française of Dupage, du Comté de DuPage (IL) (Naperville) -- The DuPage County chapter of Alliance Française has francophone activities to the west of Chicago. Visit their site at for the latest info.
- - - - The DuPage River took its name from a French fur-trapper and trader who had settled on the stream below the fork prior to 1800.

-- UFEC-AFFC: Association des Français et Francophones de Chicago ( Autrefois l' U.F.E.- Chicago -- L'UFEC) assure la défense des droits et des intérêts des Français de l'étranger et aide les expatriés et les entreprises qui les détachent à bien réussir leur installation, leur intégration et leur retour. There are numerous Chicagoland francophone UFEC activities and outings visible at their website, (Fluent francophones of any nationality are usually welcome to participate in their events.)

--Facets Multi-Media, Inc. -- founded in 1975, is a non-profit, 501(C)3 organization, and a leading national Media Arts organization. There are often screenings of foreign-language films, or classes addressing aspects of francophone films. 1517 W. Fullerton Ave, Chicago.

-- French In Chicago .com -- is a not-for-profit, local website owned and managed by the ChicagoWorldCup LLC and is a site serving the French community to provide listings to access activities, stores, cultural, sports events, social groups, etc...related to the French/francophone/francophile community in Chicago. Visit their site at & you may choose either French or English for the latest info and events.

-- Palatine, Illinois' Sister City in France -- Palatine has established relations with Fontenay-le-Comte, France. Learn more at

--Chicago, Illinois' Sister Cities -- Chicago has over 27 Sister/Partner/Friendship cities around the world. Three of them are francophone : Paris, France + Casablanca, Morocco + Lucerne, Switzerland.

--Early Chicago, Illinois-- Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable was declared the "Founder of Chicago" by the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago on October 26, 1968. Pointe du Sable's father had sent the young Jean Baptiste (born in the French Caribbean, Haiti perhaps, before 1745) to study at a catholic school in France. Jean Baptiste first arrived on the western shores of Lake Michigan about 1779, where he built the first permanent nonindigenous settlement as a fur-trading post, pre-dating the U.S. Fort Dearborn by about 30 years.

-- Centre de la francophonie des Amériques, founded in Québec, Canada -- Learn more at The Center has quite a few exciting programs and contests for fellow francophones to get to know one another. (Estimated 33 million francophones in the Americas: 11 million in USA, almost 10 million in Canada, almost 10 million in Caribbean, almost 3 million in Central+South America.)

-- French Meet-up There are a number of small Chicagoland francophone conversation-social groups organized under the resource as French Language Meetup.

-- Francophone Bilingual Toastmasters, Chicago Chapter Monthly meetings at north end of Chicago, near 5000 N. Sheridan Road. Visit

. . . . Contact AF du NS at our e-mail address to make any request for your not-for-profit, Chicagoland, francophone activity or resource to be considered for mention here, Info [@ .

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Other sites you might enjoy:     some favorite_links  including

Alliance Francaise USA

Federation News:
" One Book - One Federation "
is a program sponsored by the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, AFUSA, to promote French literacy throughout the United States by encouraging the reading of the same book by all chapters' members during a single school-year. The annual selection is usually revealed in August/September/October by the AF-USA committee, as can be seen at

-- -- -- AF USA's recent “One Book - One Federation” Selections:

2016-17 - La Commissaire n'aime point les vers roman policier (crime story) by Georges Flipo. In this 2012 novel, the Police Chief is a woman. Special $9 price includes shipping by visiting
2015-16 - Le chapeau de Mitterrand by Antoine Laurain takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride through French life during the Mitterrand years...
2014-15 - Le Collier Rouge by Jean-Christophe Rufin.
2013-14 - La Calèche by Jean Diwo.
2012-13 - La petite fille de Monsieur Linh by Phillipe Claudel.
2011-12 - Le Banquier et le Perroquet by Philippe Simiot.
2010-11 - Soeurs Chocolat by Catherine Velle.
2009-10 - Héroïnes Françaises, 1940-1945: Courage, Force et Ingéniosité by Professor Monique Saigal.
2008-09 - none.
2007-08 - Victoire: les saveurs et les mots by Maryse Condé.
2006-07 - Le gone du Châba by Azouz Begag.
2005-06 - Les âmes grises by Philippe Claudel.
2004-05 - Le testament Français by Andrei Makine.

A Guide to reading, studying "Collier Rouge" is available at

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