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10 ways to fete Bastille Day in Chicago

Bistonomic's Bastille Day baked Alaska.

Bistonomic's Bastille Day baked Alaska.

Liberte, egalite, fraternite! The storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, marked the start of the French Revolution and, ultimately, the freedom of the French people to form a democratic government. Chicago’s Bastille Day events include:

  1. Bistronomic on the Gold Coast celebrates Friday through Sunday, July 13–15, with Chef Martial Noguier’s $39 Bastille Day prix-fixe menu. Choices include chicken liver mousse or Lyonnaise salad; Scottish salmon or steak frites; and chocolate crème brulee or blue, white and red Bistronomic baked Alaska.

  2. Brasserie by LM in the South Loop toasts the revolution Saturday, July 14, with “Monaco” cocktails (grenadine, sprite, Heineken), $5, on their Michigan Avenue patio.

  3. The Chicago French Market in the West Loop hosts its annual Bastille Day celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14, featuring Greta Pope performing French and English cabaret favorites, plus a French-inspired free sampling of cheese and wine from Pastoral.

  4. Vocalist Claudia Hommel, pianist-singer Bob Moreen and accordionist Patricia Spaeth perform favorite French songs of Josephine Baker, Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet and more after dinner Friday, July 13, at The Cliff Dwellers, a historic private club, in the Loop. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. and a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by two acts of music. Dinner and show are $40, plus cash bar. Ask about discount parking when calling for reservations.

  5. French food, music and more feature from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 14, in a free outdoor festival at Daley Plaza, 118 N. Clark St. in the Loop.

  6. Maison in the Loop presents a half-priced raw bar and a sampling of French sparkling wines beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, Highlights include the Grande Platter of fresh seafood and traditional accompaniments ($32.50, $45); Jonah crab claws, ½ pound with lemon aioli ($11); poached shrimp with cocktail sauce ($1.50 each); iced oysters with red wine mignonette ($1.50 each), and a variety of Champagnes starting at $8 per glass.

  7. LM in Lincoln Square celebrates Saturday, July 14, with French rose Chateau Guiot (Grenache, Syrah, Costieres de Nimes, France) $7 per glass, $25 per bottle.

  8. Retro Bistro in Mount Prospect fetes the revolution Friday through Sunday, July 13–15, with a three-course French menu, live music and more.

  9. Taste Food & Wine in Rogers Park hosts its sixth annual Bastille Day Celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15. They’ll be pouring over 20 French wines and beers along with French cheeses including triple cream brie and nibbles such as Life in Provence olives and truffled popcorn. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

  10. Troquet in North Center fetes the holiday Saturday, July 14, with special cocktails, a bellini (champagne with fruit puree), $6, and a panache (Kronenbourg and sprite), $3, on the patio.