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Alliance Française du North Shore

a 501(c)(3) organization

French Culture, Language, History and Literature on Chicago's North Shore


We offer many opportunities for you to practice your French and have fun while doing so. Enjoy a lecture or conversation group, watch a movie or join a trivia team. Our Meetup site has all the details and accepts RSVPs.

Le Violon Français (French Violin) : 12 février

Pauline Kempf and Clare Longendyke. Image courtesy of Pauline 

Kempf.Pauline Kempf and Clare Longendyke. Image courtesy of Pauline Kempf.

Come rediscover French musical masterpieces for the violin. Paris-born violinist Pauline Kempf and Indiana-born pianist Clare Longendyke will perform pieces by Jean-Marie Leclair, Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. Pauline and Clare are award-winning musicians. Both are active chamber musicians and have performed internationally.

Pauline earned a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Geneva University of Music and a Master of Music degree in both violin performance and chamber music from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. She is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music.

Clare has degrees from the Boston University College of Fine Arts, the École Normale de Musique de Paris and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and is pursuing a Doctor of Music at IU.

Join us at 1 PM on Monday, February 12, at the Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Avenue. Free to members and students, and to non-members and guests attending a program for the first time ($10 thereafter). A tea and social hour in French will follow the presentation.

Please remember to reserve your spot. RSVP at our Meetup site or, if you're not yet a member of Meetup, email programmes@AFnorthshore.org.

Remember to Mark Your Calendar with These Upcoming Events

  19 mars : Costumes de scènes à la cour de France et au-delà (Stage Costumes at the French Court and Beyond)

  13 avril : Soirée Trivia

  16 avril : Juste un autre pigeon à Paris (Just Another Pigeon in Paris)

  21 mai : Déjeuner de printemps

What a pleasure to welcome more than 30 participants at our Café Conversation Matin. The group’s diversity was exceptional: participants ranged in age from 23 to 91, and hailed from Poland, Belgium, Louisiana, Cameroon, England, Holland, Senegal, Austria and, of course, the U.S.
—Eileen W.


I’m very proud to belong to a group that is so diversified; it’s diversity that makes this country so great and strong. In my opinion, it’s an “all-American” group.
—Edward A.



Our monthly lecture series takes place at 1 PM on Mondays, September through April, at the Wilmette Public Library auditorium, 1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette.

Free to members, and to first-time guests and non-members. The entrance fee at subsequent lectures is $10.00. Each lecture is followed by a tea and social hour in French.

See the archives for a sampling of past lecture topics.

Café Conversations

Meet fellow Francophones for relaxed, informal conversation in French, facilitated by one or more of our native-speaking or fluent AFduNS leaders. Purchase your beverage or food and look for a large group of us gathered at tables. All fluency levels are welcome.

Café Conversation Matin

First Monday of each month, 10–11 AM, Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette. cafe-matin@AFnorthshore.org

Café Conversation Soir

Third Thursday of each month, 7–8 PM, Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette. cafe-soir@AFnorthshore.org

Apéro Conversation

Fourth Monday of each month, 7–8:30 PM, Heinen's Grocery Store café, 1020 Waukegan Road, Glenview. apero@AFnorthshore.org

Ciné Club

Second Thursday of each month, September through May, 1 PM, Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview. French film with English subtitles, followed by a discussion in French. Refreshments are provided. cine-club@AFnorthshore.org

Soirée Trivia

Friday, April 13, 2018, 7–10 PM. A fun, friendly French trivia night and raffle. Questions will be in English. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team. Roycemore School, 1200 Davis Street, Evanston. soiree-trivia@AFnorthshore.org

Déjeuner de printemps

Monday, May 21, 2018, 12:30 PM. Annual spring luncheon. Cafe Central of Highland Park, 455 Central Avenue, Highland Park. dejeuner@AFnorthshore.org