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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




Alliance Française

The Fédération des Alliances Françaises USA is an organization whose member chapters collaborate for mutual support and to foster communication on promoting their mission. The Alliance Française du North Shore is a member of the Fédération.

Check out classes and cultural events at the Alliance Française de Chicago, dedicated to the study of French language, cultural exchange and friendship between Americans and French-speaking people.

The Alliance Française de DuPage offers conversation groups, travel opportunities, book clubs and other events.

Conversation Groups

The Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, offers an advanced French conversation group at 9:30 each Thursday morning. Call (847) 448-8250 for details.

Cultural and Professional Organizations

Through unifying themes such as friendship, friendliness, mutual support and sharing cultural values, the Association des Français et Francophones de Chicago serves French and Francophone Chicago to help them better know and help each other.

French in Chicago lists cultural events, Chicago attractions, sporting events and more.

The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Chicago/N. Illinois Chapter is the largest national association of French teachers in the world.

Diplomatic Representation in Chicago

Several foreign governments, including Belgium, Canada, France, Haïti and Québec, have representatives in Chicago.

Fédération des Alliances Françaises USA

The “One Book One Federation” program supports French literacy throughout the United States. It encourages all chapters to read the book chosen each year and form reading groups for discussion. The selection for 2017 is La Tête en Friche, by Marie-Sabine Roger. Click to view past selections.

One Film One Federation” highlights one film each year for Alliance chapters to feature in their programs.

Films and Music

The Northbrook Public Library offers Parisian salon concerts on the first Friday of each month. Call (847) 272-6224 for details.

The Evanston, Glenview, Skokie and Wilmette public libraries offer French films for checkout.

Facets Multimedia, Chicago, screens international films and rents DVDs.

Language Help

Learn French at french.about.com, with thousands of pages of free lessons, French verb conjugations, tips and more.

Linguee.com offers millions of translations, bilingual dictionaries, example sentences and recorded pronunciations.

You'll find online dictionaries, conjugations, audio pronunciations and forums for your questions at WordReference.com.

Radio and Television

Radio France International is a French public radio service that broadcasts in Paris and throughout the world.

TV5Monde, a global television network, broadcasts several channels of French language programming.

Sister Cities

Chicago Sister Cities International is committed to promoting Chicago as a global city, developing international partnerships and networks and sharing best practices through citizen-to-citizen connections. Chicago has three francophone sister cities: Casablanca, Morocco, Lucerne, Switzerland and Paris, France. Local events are open to the public.

The mission of the Mount Prospect Sister Cities Commission is to encourage and facilitate programs and exchanges between Mount Prospect and its sister city, Sèvres, France. Local events are open to the public.

The Sister Cities Association of Palatine conducts exchanges between Palatine and Fontenay-le-Comte, France, for greater awareness and understanding. Local events are open to the public.

Things to Do in Chicago

French in Chicago lists cultural events, Chicago attractions, sporting events and more.

World War II Remembrances

In 2014, the Alliance Française du North Shore video-recorded five of our members recalling their experiences of World War II. On DVD, Souvenirs de guerre—1939–1945—World War II Remembered, is presented in French with English subtitles. The companion booklet includes firsthand narratives from 18 participants. Use this form to order.

A May 2015 episode of “Off the Shelf,” a Glenview cable TV program, featured an interview with AFduNS members Margot Steinhart and Bill Sand discussing this project.