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

  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, language, history and literature.

    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 (northern Cook County & southern Lake County). Benefit from our excellent lecture programs which take place once a month (on Monday afternoons) during our September-April lecture season, and benefit from our many year-'round activities.

        Il y en aura pour tous les goûts!

Put a little French language in your life in 2015
and join us
at one of our events

AFduNS' Special Cultural Excursions or Events

March 20, 2015: « French Trivia Night » was at 7pm and was a fun, festive fundraising night with about 90 friendly contestants. 50 questions were grouped into 10 categories, all in English. Net proceeds will benefit the French language activities of the local, Chicago/Northern Il Chapter of the AATF, American Association of Teachers of French.

. . . Other opportunities to visit a nearby cultural site, or attend a local francophile event as a francophone group are occasionally offered, too. Please attend one of our monthly meetings during the schoolyear to find out about any offerings being planned or email alliancefn 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 $50 (with half-year prorated-dues after January), just print out our  Membership form , and mail it to us with your check. 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, alliancefn @

AFduNS Membership Benefits
Among the many benefits of an annual membership:
--Members receive monthly reminders of upcoming Lecture-Program Topics and Café events via postcard or e-Rappel;
--Members receive their own copy of our annual Member-Directory, Annuaire, (published each November or December),
--Members 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.
--Members who donate $100 or more towards sponsoring future club events will receive a sterling silver logo-jewelry thank-you, while supply lasts.
--A Member is allowed to bring a Guest without charge, once a year, to a lecture program.
--Members are also eligible to access the Members-Only activities such as: Cercle de Lecture, Cercle des Contes, Ciné Club, Café Littéraire, Cercle des Textes Variés and Jeudi Soir Classe de Conversation.

ourBibliotheque--Members are extended privileges at our club's small 'lending library', to borrow from our collection of French-language books, magazines & publications, some of which are on display before each lecture *Temporarily suspended during Lectures held at Glenview Public Library*. Ask for Chantal Shapiro or Monique Whiting. Do you have subscriptions to francophone newspapers or magazines such as Paris MATCH, or l'Express? Once you have finished, please donate your old copies to this 'lending library' so they can be circulated to interested members.

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

AFduNS Year-'Round: "Café Conversations"

Steaming cup--- Café Conversations ---
" Café Conversations - Morning Edition ":
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. Join us! Mark your calendar now for :

- - - Mon. Jan. 5, 2015, 10am-11am
- - - Mon. Feb. 2, 2015, 10am-11am
- - - Mon. Mar. 2, 2015, 10am-11am
- - - Mon. Apr. 6, 2015, 10am-11am
- - - Mon. May 4, 2015, 10am-11am
- - - Mon. June 1, 2015, 10am-11am
- - - Mon. July 6, 2015, 10am-11am
- - - Mon. Aug. 3, 2015, 10am-11am

" Café Conversations - Evening Edition " :
One evening per month, from 6pm-7pm, we'll meet for friendly conversation, in French, at the Panera-Downtown-Wilmette, on 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. Mark your calendar now [usually Third Thursdays] :

- - - Thurs, Jan 15, 2015, 6-7pm
- - - Thurs, Feb 19, 2015, 6-7pm
- - - Thurs, Mar 19, 2015, 6-7pm
- - - Thurs, Apr 16, 2015, 6-7pm
- - - Thurs, May 21, 2015, 6-7pm
- - - Thurs, June 18, 2015, 6-7pm
- - - Thurs, July 16, 2015, 6-7pm
- - - Thurs, Aug 20, 2015, 6-7pm

AFduNS Lecture Season:

--Our Lecture Programs are offered during the school months at either the Wilmette Public Library Auditorium or STARTING IN JANUARY 2015 : Programs to be held at GLENVIEW LIBRARY, East Room, 1930 Glenview Road. ( a temporary measure due to remodeling projects at WPL)-- WATCH below for LOCATION announcements.
Please arrive by 12:50pm to find your seat.
--Members admitted free to the Lecture; Guests and Visitors may optionally pay $10.00 at the door to help defray our expenses for the meeting. Policy adopted August,'11: 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, many of which have been home-made by members.

Past season Lecture Topics '14 - '15
Sept. 15, 2014
« Le coeur peut se transformer: Mon chemin vers la réconciliation juive-allemande » , in French, with Prof. Judith N. Levi of Northwestern University, who will share her unexpected and surprisingly encouraging discoveries that she has made in regard to contemporary Germany, with slides.(The Heart Can Change: My Journey toward German-Jewish Reconciliation)
Oct. 20, 2014
*a Change in Program* to : Alain Rochelemagne, Food and Beverage Manager for Froggy's French Restaurant in Highwood since 2009, will discuss the cuisine and culture from the Rhône-Alpes region of south-central France and its influence on his career in the USA in his presentation, De l'Ardèche à l'Amérique.
Nov.17, 2014
*a Change in Program* to : «AFdeChicago's current exhibit about the Grande Guerre (1914-1917) » ,
in French, with Randy Williams, former president of the AF de Chicago, including the 15-minute film narrated by AFdeChicago Executive Director, Jack McCord, featuring connections between Chicago and France.
Dec.15, 2014
«La politique étrangère de la France» , in French, given by Mr Vincent Floreani, Consul General of France in Chicago.
Mr. Floreani's bio can be viewed at
- NOTE!-- *Venue will change NEXT MONTH to Glenview Library*, due to WPL's remodeling projects set to begin...
Jan. *19* (not 12), 2015
«Causerie», in French, an annual opportunity to participate in conversations with your fellow francophones, (all fluency levels welcomed). NOTE! Venue is temporarily changed to Glenview Library East Room ...
Feb. *16* (not 9), 2015
 «Une Vie d'artiste.»  M.George Lepauw, pianiste et impresario franco-americain, parlera de sa vie en France et en Amerique, presentant quelques anecdotes sur le monde de la musique. NOTE! Venue is still temporarily at Glenview Library East Room ...
n.b.: At this point of our season, AFduNS Memberships will now available at half-price (to run through balance of our fiscal year) and may be purchased at the door or by mail. Become a Member! Print a Membership Form from this site: MembershipForm.
Mar. 16, 2015
« Moi, j'aime le Marais
» featuring Ms. Patricia Tennison, founder and director of Paris Café Writing, will show what's new, old and coming soon.NOTE! Venue is still temporarily at Glenview Library East Room...
Apr. *13* (not 20), 2015
CHANGE IN PROGRAM: «Brise Glace » . Presented by Mme Eileen Walvoord, former President of AATF's Chicago& N. Illinois Chapter. NOTE! Venue is still temporarily at Glenview Library East Room ...

May 11, 2015 Déjeuner du printemps:
Our annual Spring Luncheon, in French, was be held at a fine dining restaurant of Glencoe .
Begins at NOON. Pre-paid Reservations with order-form MUST be received by our Treasurer by May 1, 2015. $40.00 (compris - Tax and Tip included) per Member; $45.00 for non-Members.
--Please arrive at the Library a bit early, at 12:50pm, to socialize in French.
--You will also hear announcements of current local francophone events .
--Our Guest Speakers and Presenters 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 local Calendar websites.
--Nearly all our Presenters are fluent francophones.
Our VENUE for Monthly Guest-Speaker Presentations has temporarily changed to GLENVIEW PUBLIC LIBRARY through at least December, 2015.

1930 Glenview Road, GLENVIEW

AFduNS Cours de Conversation: jeudi soir (for Members Only):

We offer one class, a Cours de Conversation suitable for Advanced-Intermediates through Advanced-Level students (par Prof. Roland Dubosq) on Thursday evenings (7:00-8:45 p.m.) in the Wilmette Library's classroom (or St. John's Church during WPL construction).
Various materials are used: articles, poems, songs, grammar worksheets; no text is required, current events covered by TV5-Monde may be topics as well.
Fall Quarter 2014 runs eleven meetings ~ Sept.11 thru Nov.20. The Fee of ~$164 per Quarter can be prorated for those joining part way into the Quarter if any seats are open. Full fee due in advance.
[Maximum of 14 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 the club at alliancefn@ 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.
     If you are looking for other levels of French: call the New Trier Extension office (NTX), Northfield, Illinois, to leave a message at 847-446-6600, or visit their "NTX Course Catalog Online" at where you will find 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. AFduNS Membership is a prerequisite.
'14-'15 Planned Dates:
22 septembre -6 octobre- 3 novembre- 19 janvier-16 février-9 mars
Enrollment is limited, so you might have to be put on a waiting list. Send us an email to request further details or ask Monique Whiting.

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. Enrollment is limited so you might have to be put on a waiting list. Send us an email to request further details.

Cercle de lecture titles planned for the '14-'15 Season are:

13 octobre —Grégoire Delacourt— La liste de mes envies
10 novembre— Patrick Modiano — Dimanches d’août
8 décembre —Hélène Grémillon —Le confident
26 janvier— Pierre Péju— La petite Chartreuse
23 février— Mazarine Pingeot—Bouche cousue
23 mars— Annie Ernaux— Journal du dehors

" 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. Limite 12 participants. Veuillez contacter Mme. Rano c/o alliancefn[@] . Membership Required to join this activity. A literary work is often the focus of conversation.
le 16 septembre --- Au Bonheur des dames, Emile Zola
le 21 octobre --- Arsène Lupin, Gentleman, Cambrioleur, Maurice LeBlanc
le 18 novembre --- Le bonheur conjugale, Tahar Ben Jelloun
le 16 décembre --- Terre des hommes, St. Exupéry
le 20 janvier --- Le Confident, Hélène Grémillon
le 17 février --- La Calèche, Jean Diwo
le 17 mars --- Le Rapport de Brodeck, Philippe Claudel
le 21 avril --- Je m'en vais, Jean Echenoz
le 19 mai --- La Valse lente des tortues, Katherine Pancol

" Cercle des Textes Variés " (for Members Only):
An opportunity for reading and discussing-- in French-- a 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, in Evanston. Membership Required to join this activity.

AFduNS Ciné Club (usually for Members Only):

Our next films planned will be shown at the Glenview Public Library at 1930 Glenview Road.
A discussion, in French, with refreshments, will follow each showing.
Attendance by pre-reserved seats, RSVP, by sending your email entitled “Ciné Club RSVP” to a week before the showing. AFduNS Members given higher priority for seating.
(Séance suivie de discussion animée par une/un membre.)

Sept. 11 at 1:30pm: «Décalage Horaire » (Jet Lag, 2002 ) starring Juliette Binoche and Jean Reno.

Oct. 9 at 1:30pm: «Nikita» (La Femme Nikita, 1990)

Nov. 13 at 1:30pm: «La Veuve de St. Pierre»(Widow of St. Pierre, 2000) Starring Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil.

Dec. 11 at 1:30pm: «Les Choristes»(The Chorus, 2004 )
         The new teacher at a strict boys' boarding school works to enrich the students' lives through music. Director: Christophe Barratier

Jan. 8 at 1:30pm: «Le roi de coeur »(The King of Hearts, 1966, a dramedy)
         A kilt-wearing Scottish soldier (Alan Bates), is sent to disarm a bomb placed in a town square by the retreating Germans of WW-I. Meet in the Multi-purpose Room of the Glenview Public Library at 1930 Glenview Road.

Feb. 12 at 1:30pm: «Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien »"With a Friend Like Harry", 2000, is a comedy/drama/mystery about a young middle- class couple whose acquaintance from high school brings damaging effects. Multi-purpose Room of Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road.

Mar. 12 at 1:30pm: «Le goût des autres»(The Taste of Others )
        Agnes Jaoui co-writes and directs this romantic comedy of manners set in France's rustic Provence. Unpolished and ultra-pragmatic industrialist Jean-Jacques Castella (co-scripter Jean-Pierre Bacri) reluctantly attends Racine's tragedy Bérénice in order to see his niece play a bit part. He is taken with the play's strangely familiar-looking leading lady Clara Devaux (Anne Alvaro).

Ap. 9 at 1:30pm: «Les Visiteurs»
         Due to a mix-up, a 12th century knight asks a wizard to send him back in time in order to correct a mistake, but instead, he is sent to the year 1993 and confusion ensues.

May 14 at 1:30pm: «Un long dimanches de fiançailles» (A Very Long Engagement, 2004)
         A French romantic war film, co-written and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Audrey Tautou. It is a fictional tale about a young woman's desperate search for her fiancé, who might have been killed during World War I. It was based on a novel of the same name, written by Sebastien Japrisot.

Other FILM Titles shown in the past at our Ciné Club were:
-- 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 diner 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 Officers and Committee Leaders, serving through May 31 : Conseil
     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

AFduNS Guest Speakers of past Lecture Seasons: ...past speakers and topics...

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 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 -- 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 conversation. 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.

-- 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, alliancefn [@ .

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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 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 selection is usually revealed in September/October by the AF-USA committee.

-- -- -- “One Book - One Federation” Selections:

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 Collier Rouge is available at

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