Bastille Day… that’s the French 4th of July, right?

Every year around this time, I admire the accomplishments of our founding fathers. Although things certainly weren’t perfect then, and we know they aren’t perfect now, the signing of the Declaration of Independence propelled our country towards certain rights for all. Since the signing of one of our nation’s most significant documents in 1776, our […]

French Institute Celebrates Bastille Day

WINNETKA, Ill. (July 14, 2015) — To celebrate Bastille Day, the French Institute of the North Shore and French School created a one-day French café in front of the schools. Students, parents and pedestrians strolled by the pop-up café and experienced a bit of French culture right here in Winnetka. Complimentary café and palmiers, a […]

The Best Macaron of the North Shore


On March 20th, the French Institute of the North Shore celebrated la Journée internationale des macarons (International Macaron Day) by hosting a contest to find the “Best Macaron of the North Shore.” A macaron is a delicate and airy French pastry made with two biscuits held together by a butter-cream, ganache or jam filling. The […]

An Evening Fit for a King

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The French Institute of the North Shore and French School hosted a special event on Monday, January 12th to celebrate a French custom called la Fête des rois, which traditionally takes place on the first Sunday in January to mark the arrival of the three kings (rois) in Bethlehem, but is now celebrated all month […]

French Institute staff organize open house event, Destination: Paris


French Institute shares Paris expertise  The French Institute opened its doors to all who love France for a two-week long event entitled Destination: Paris. Valuable tourism information on the Paris region, including brochures, maps and magazines were given to many. “We are very proud of our expertise on France, French culture and French language,” said […]