Celebrate Bastille Day in Chicago

  • Bastille Day Chicago 2014. (Courtesy bastilledaychicago.org)

    Bastille Day Chicago 2014. (Courtesy bastilledaychicago.org)

  • Bastille Day Chicago 2014. (Courtesy bastilledaychicago.org)

    Bastille Day Chicago 2014. (Courtesy bastilledaychicago.org)

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  • Bastille Day Chicago 2014. (Courtesy bastilledaychicago.org)

    Bastille Day Chicago 2014. (Courtesy bastilledaychicago.org)

  • Bastille Day Chicago 2014. (Courtesy bastilledaychicago.org)

    Bastille Day Chicago 2014. (Courtesy bastilledaychicago.org)

Ten days after the Fourth of July, Daley Plaza will again be decked out in red, white, and blue to celebrate France’s National Day, Bastille Day. The holiday commemorates the start of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille — a medieval prison in Paris that represented the French monarchy — on July 14, 1789.

You can toast France in style at the 2015 Bastille Day Chicago celebration on Tuesday from 5:00-9:00 pm in Daley Plaza. Admission is free and includes live music by French rockers La Jarry (sets start at 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm, and 8:20 pm), and a speech from the Consul General of France, Vincent Floreani (6:30 pm). Guests can also visit the Alliance Francaise de Chicago's booth to snap selfies in front of the French flag (fun props included), watch performances by magicians and jugglers, or try their hand at the French game of Petanque.

Lakeview’s La Boulangerie will be one of the food vendors on hand at the festival, serving up savory crepes and sweet croissants. Waiters from local French restaurants will compete in a race called La Course de Garçon de Café, where they must run as fast as they can while balancing a tray of champagne.

Some of Chicago’s French restaurants are also participating in French Restaurant Week, offering special menus that feature classic French dishes such as coq au vin and Burgundy escargots.

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