Celebrate Bastille Day In Chicago

On July 14, residents and visitors alike can attend Bastille Day Chicago.

Held at Lycee Francais of Chicago from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., it offers a variety of entertainment and activities for all ages.

What is Bastille Day?

According to the festival, this French National Day celebration commemorates the storming of Bastille, a medieval fortress and prison in Paris on July 14, 1789.

Things to see and do include:

Picnic – Pack a picnic basket full of fried chicken, potato salad, and lemonade and have a nice dinner on the lawn before enjoying the festivities. Food trucks will be on site for those who don’t wish to bring their own meal.

Petanque – This is a fun French sport that just about anyone can play. It’s traditionally played with metallic balls on a dirt surface and the object is for players to throw their balls closer to the small object ball (known as a cochonet) than their opponent. The game dates back centuries, and the Chicago Petanque Club will demonstrate the game and organize casual games on one of the festival’s two courses.

Waiter Race – This unique race will feature waiters from local French restaurants. While running the course, they must balance a tray without spilling a drop of Grand Cru.

DJ Maxime Bonnard – DJ Maxime is known for his passion for culture house and techno music. Throughout the years, he has been influenced by disco, jazz, and funk music, and he will entertain the crowd from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Raffle – Don’t forget to enter the raffle as the prize includes a Chicago-Paris round trip, French classes at the Alliance Francaise de Chicago, and more. The drawing will take place at 7:45 p.m.

This is just one of the many events that you can enjoy if you call Catalyst Apartments home. Please contact us to arrange a tour where you can see our amenities firsthand.

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