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2016 Events

 Thursday, April 21st

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From 8:00am to 10:00am CDT
“Work-life balance in a hyper-connected world”
Panel Discussion
How different generations shape perspectives and choices.
Location: Mesirow Financial – 353 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654

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Organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Chicagoand its Women 4 Women Committee    Twitter logo smlFacebook logo small

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Sunday, April 24th

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3pm – 4pm: French 3D 4 Kids
6pm-7:30pm: Best of French 3D
The best France has to offer in 3D innovation

Special screenings presented by François Serre, artistic director of “Courant 3D” Festival in Angoulême and Director of Prenez du Relief and Céline Tricart, filmmaker and stereographer.

Location: Harper Theater – 5238 S Harper Avenue – Chicago, IL 60615

Prenez Du Relief Distribution in partnership with the French Cultural Services present 2 special programs of French productions shorts that reflect the diversity and excellence of French animation and 3D.

French 3D 4 Kids is composed of five of the best French short 3D animated movie from 2013 and 2014 Festivals. | FREE

>>>REGISTER

Reception to follow first screening and presentation.

Best of French 3D is composed of 10 shorts.   3D General Audience Program
“Prenez du relief” is an association that aims to promote 3D technology and interactivity in film | FREE

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Organized by Prenez Du Relief Distribution and the French Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in Chicago.  Twitter logo sml Facebook logo small


Monday, April 25th

Logo-Science-Fest-2016_2456:30pm – Conference
Freshwater biodiversity in the face of global change

A public lecture by Pr. Régis Céréghino (Dept Functional Ecology & Environment (Ecolab), Univ. Paul Sabatier, CNRS, Toulouse, France)
The event is part of the French-American Science Festival 2016 | FREE
Location: Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center – 303 E. Superior Street – Chicago, IL 60601

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Decades of over-harvesting, habitat destruction, ecosystem contamination and changes on atmospheric gases have led to a global biodiversity crisis, and freshwater biodiversity has declined as a whole faster than either terrestrial or marine biodiversity over the past 30 years. In addition to their intrinsic value, species are responsible for the capture, conversion and flow of energy and nutrients through ecosystems – these functions ensure processes upon which humans ultimately depend.

In this talk, the consequences of the most frequent stressors from human origin on fish and invertebrate communities of wetlands, rivers and lakes will be outlined. Climate warming, hydrological alterations, and changes in land use are major drivers of local extinctions and invasion by non-native species, affecting species dominance and interaction patterns. Then, Régis Céréghino will illustrate how field surveys and manipulative experiments help to unravel the mechanisms underlying these effects, and yield theoretical frameworks that support environmental management action plans.

Free public lecture, in English, followed by Q&A with the audience and a wine and cheese reception. Exclusive occasion to attend a lecture with such talented French scientists!

>>>REGISTER

Organized by the Science & Technology Department of the Consulate General of France in Chicago


Monday, April 25th

The best France has to offer in 3D innovation and virtual reality
François Serre, artistic director of “Courant 3D” Festival in Angoulême and Director of Prenez du Relief and Céline Tricart, filmmaker and stereographer will conduct two sessions on 3D  animation and virtual reality innovation with Columbia College Chicago students.

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3:30pm – 5:00pm: Presentation and discussion (all departments)
6:30pm: Intensive workshop on 3D and virtual reality techniques


Monday, April 25th

Serre Tricart ICON7pm – 9pm – Lecture
François Serre and Céline Tricart: 3D Film and VR in Europe and the US.
Presented by 2112 inc.

Location: Icon Pro Studios4265 N. Knox Avenue Chicago, IL 60641.

François Serre, director of the 3D short movies festival and Céline Tricart, filmmaker of several 3D and Virtual Reality films, will discuss the current situation of cinema innovation in France and Europe. They will showcase some of their recent innovative projects such as “Philipp and I” and “Marriage Equality” and address potential French-American partnerships with VR.

Reception to follow hosted by ChicagoMusic.org and Lagunitas.

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This event is presented by 2112 inc. Located within the 160,000 sq ft ecosystem of Fort Knox Studios, 2112 is Chicago’s first incubator focused on the development of entrepreneurs in music, film/video, and creative technology.


 

Monday, April 25th

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Innovation in Wine: French Natural Wine
authentic, singular wines, thoughtfully grown, minimally made
Presented by Cream Wine Company
Professionals will discover the latest in French natural wine.

Location:
The Residence of the Consul General of France Vincent Floreani

Tasting begins promptly at 7:30pm
Information: 312-327-5220
This event is for wine professionals only

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Tuesday, April 26th

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6:00pm – 9:00pm: A panel discussion on French Innovation @ 1871

“The French IoT Revolution:  Innovative French tech changing the way we connect”

Leading French companies and champions of innovation present their technology in the field of Connected Objects / Internet Of Things.
Location:
1871 – 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212, Chicago 60654 | FREE

Agenda

6:00pm – 6:30pm:  Registration & Welcome cocktail
6:30pm – 6:35pm: Opening Remarks & Welcome by Consul General of France Vincent Floreani and Howard Tullman, CEO 1871
6:35pm – 7:45pm: Panel discussion
7:45pm – 9:00pm: Networking + Wine & Cheese

Presented by

  • Philippe ANDRES, Marketing Vice President ORANGE Group North America
  • Allen PROITHIS, President North America SIGFOX
  • Amine TALEB, Valeo Manager – Advanced Projects, Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems VALEO Group

Moderated by

  • Ted SOUDER, Head of Industry at GOOGLE

SIGFOX_CORPORATE (1) (1)Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of dedicated connectivity for the Internet of Things. Currently deployed or being rolled-out in 14 countries, the company’s network provides simple, economical, energy-efficient two-way transmission of small quantities of data over long distances, thus lowering barriers to wide implementation of IoT solutions, and greatly extending the battery and service life of connected devices.
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logo_rgb OrangeOrange S.A., formerly France Télécom S.A., is a French multinational telecommunications corporation. Present in 28 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 263 million customers worldwide, including 201 million mobile customers and 18 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services.
2015 Revenues        $ 44.32 Billion
2015 Workforce         156,000 worldwide, 97,000 in France

valeoValeo is an automotive supplier, partner to all automakers worldwide. As a technology company, Valeo proposes innovative products and systems that contribute to the development of Intuitive Driving, the reduction of CO2 emissions and the improvement of vehicle performance. Key technologies: Self valet park /automated driving – Stop & Start – Dynamic lighting.
2015 Revenues     $ 15.97 Billion
2015 Workforce     82,000

Discussion and Q&A followed by a reception.
FREEadmission but registration required.

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Sponsored by:  BusinessFrance  Twitter logo sml Facebook logo small –   The Consulate General of France in Chicago    Twitter logo sml Facebook logo small  and the French Foreign Trade Advisors (CCEF) Twitter logo sml


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Tuesday, April 26th

Antoine compagnon 3006:30pm – Conference
La littérature, accélérateur d’innovation ?
Avec Antoine Compagnon, du Collège de France
Une conférence John Shedd Reed Memorial


Lieu : Alliance Française de Chicago – 54 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60610
Conférence en français – GRATUIT

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Des moines rémunérés à la lettre au Moyen Age à la twittérature de 140 caractères, la langue évolue au même rythme que les moyens de communication. Alors qu’en est-il de la littérature et du roman, ce miroir de notre société, en notre époque impatiente ?

L’Amérique a ses “Ted Talks”, mais c’est au Collège de France que le Tout-Paris se précipite pour écouter Antoine Compagnon. Grand spécialiste de Montaigne, Proust et Barthes, Compagnon nous propose une réflexion sur la question suivante : La littérature, accélérateur d’innovation ?

 Le Collège de France, grand établissement d’enseignement et de recherche, rassemble la crème de la crème des penseurs français dans les disciplines scientifiques, littéraires et artistiques.

Ce programme  est rendu possible grâce au soutien du Service culturel au Consulat général de France à Chicago, du Bureau du livre des Services Culturels de l’Ambassade de France à New York et au France Chicago Center de l’université de Chicago.

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Wednesday, April 27th

Matter ParisandCoSigning of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between MATTER Chicago startup hub for health-related technology and PARIS&CO,  the economic development and innovation agency of Paris.

Location: MATTER – 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza

This Memorandum of Understanding formalizes the framework of a partnership between PARIS&Co, the economic development and innovation agency of Paris and MATTER, healthcare technology incubator.

It aims at fostering the growth of each of the parties’ ecosystem by facilitating the circulation of startups between the two cities, in particular in the Healthcare IT, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Medical diagnostics, and Medical devices sectors.

Both parties will support selected startups in their respective city by providing them with a desk in a local co-working facility, free of charge, for a period of 3 months, renewable.

This landing support includes:

  • A designated contact in the city of arrival;
  • Advice on the setting up and on how to do business in Paris or Chicago;
  • Connections to each of the cities´ relevant ecosystems and networks;
  • Complimentary access to events organized by PARIS&Co in Paris and MATTER in Chicago.

The signing ceremony:
Steven COLLENS, CEO, MATTER
Thomas WALD, Business Development Director, Life Sciences, PARIS&CO

In the presence of the Deputy Mayor of Chicago  Mr. Steve KOCH, and the Consul General of France in Chicago, Mr. Vincent Floreani.

MATTER is a community of entrepreneurs, innovators and industry leaders working together to harness technology to improve health and healthcare. MATTER connects and promotes collaboration between entrepreneurs, scientists, physicians, investors and industry partners in order to bring next-generation products and services to market that improve quality of care and save lives.
For more information, visit www.matterchicago.com and follow @MATTERChicago

PARIS&CO prospects and provides support for foreign direct investments, promotes the international attractiveness of Paris abroad, and fosters the Parisian innovation ecosystem through the incubation of startups, the experiment of new solutions, the organization of events and the cooperation between startups and global players.
For more information, visit www.parisandco.com and follow @Paris_Incub


 

Wednesday, April 27th

Lab2_2016All Day – 9am to 3:30pm (one session in the morning and one in the afternoon)
Science
L.A.B²: Learning and Building Bridges
Hands-on Science Learning for 5th-10th grade students & teachers.
A whole day to discover sciences – Bring your students to this educational event!
Location:  Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center – 303 E. Superior Street – Chicago, IL 60601

The event is part of the French-American Science Festival 2016

Complete details and to register your group go to: http://sciencefest.france-science.org/science-lab2/
Free but registration required

Following the great success of the fourth edition in 2015, the Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Chicago in Chicago organizes a fifth whole day for the discovery of science by students, in downtown Chicago, through hands-on activities.

The booths are run by our French and American scientific partners. Some of the subjects scheduled are:

  • Nuclear energy
  • Supraconductivity
  • Robotics and drones
  • Energy storage
  • Mathematics
  • And so much more!

Organized by the Science & Technology Department of the Consulate General of France in Chicago

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Wednesday, April 27th

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5:30pm – 7:00pm: Presentation & Tour of the Lycée Français de Chicago
Explore energy efficiency in construction
A presentation and tour by Douglas Lyons, Chair of the Facilities Committee,  David Brooks, Trustee and Luis Collado, STL Architects.

Location: 1929 West Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
  (Public transportation: Brown line Damen L stop) | FREE


Wine and cheese reception at conclusion of event. 

Free public lecture, in English, followed by a tour of the new, modern Lycée in Lincoln Square. The architects and engineers of the campus discuss green building innovation and LEED Certification. Learn how the project came to fruition and how the high-tech building materials and systems promote energy efficiency in building operations.

Presenters:

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Douglas W. Lyons, Managing Principal, P E A R L M A R K

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David Brooks, Senior Vice President, Partner, McGuire Engineers – LFC Board Member

Luis Collado, Principal, STL Architects

Lycée Français de Chicago has opened the school’s new $35 million, 3.8-acre campus in Lincoln Square in September 2015. It features state-of-the-art education and recreation facilities for students Pre-K–Grade 12. The building was designed to increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon emission.
The campus was designed by Chicago-based firm STL Architects, Jose Luis de la Fuente and Luis Collado.

See the 3D virtual tour of the new Lycée Français de Chicago campus:

FREEadmission but registration required.  

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Thursday, April 28th

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6:30pm
– Conference
Same old, same old…  but what’s new?
Advances in Ageing Research
A public lecture by Pr. Miria Ricchetti (Institut Pasteur)

The event is part of the French-American Science Festival 2016 | FREE
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago54 W Chicago, Chicago, IL

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Come to this broad audience conference to learn more about the mechanisms responsible for ageing, which has just been discovered, and about the implications of these findings.

Miria Ricchetti is team leader at Institut Pasteur in Paris, France, in the Department of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology. Her interests focus on DNA damage repair during differentiation and ageing, with a particular interest in adult stem cells. [Read more…]

Free public lecture, in English, followed by Q&A with the audience and a wine and cheese reception. Exclusive occasion to attend a lecture with such talented French scientists!

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Organized by the Science & Technology Department of the Consulate General of France in Chicago

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Friday, April 29th

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GALA La Nuit des Etoiles 2016
Celebrating
WOMEN & INNOVATION

6:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception,
7:00 p.m. – Dinner followed by raffle drawing & dancing

Location: Sofitel Chicago Water Tower – 20 E. Chestnut – Chicago, IL 60611

LA NUIT DES ETOILES is the French-American Chamber of Commerce Chicago‘s annual fundraising Gala. This elegant black tie evening will highlight Women and Innovation and benefit our Women 4 Women Mentoring Program which supports women in career transitions. This most dazzling event, attended by senior executives from the Franco-American community, features high-end French cuisine and celebrates global business leadership in Chicago.

Please join us to celebrate women’s inspiring achievements.
La Nuit des Etoiles is the closing night of French Innovation Week.

More information

>>>PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Chicago   Twitter logo smlFacebook logo small

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 2015 Events

Thursday, April 23

Infinités Plurielles AF 3006:30pm – Exhibition & Vernissage
Infinités Plurielles : portraits of women in scienceby Marie-Hélène Le Ny
En partenariat avec le Ministère de l’Education Nationale, de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago – 54 W. Chicago Avenue

They might be astronomer, biochemist, neurobiologist, geophysician or radar engineer, but what the 140 women featured in Infinités Plurielles, have in common is being women and trailblazers in the field of science and innovation in France. The exhibition, commissioned by the Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche of France, gives each of them a face and a voice.

Infinités Plurielles seeks first and foremost to inspire more women to pursue scientific careers and take action for a more equal workplace, but also to move cultural frontiers, sustain ideological debates and stimulate creativity.

Meet Marie-Hélène Le Ny, the artist responsible for collecting the testimonials and taking the photographs of the 30 leaders featured at the Alliance from April 23rd to May 30th, in conversation with Marguerite Leenhardt, a ground-breaking linguist specialized in Natural Language processing (NLP) and co-founder of XiKO, “ the big data conversational expert”, a company with semantic solutions for marketing and advertising.

This program is possible thanks to the Jean Bodfish Brown Fund, and is part of the French Innovation Week.

Free Admission / In English – Registration open

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 Tuesday, April 28

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The Rosetta space mission on Comet 67P/GC
A public lecture by Pr. Bernard Marty (Ecole Nationale supérieure de Géologie)
The event is part of the French-American Science Festival 2015
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago – 54 W. Chicago Avenue.
Details :

Comets are mysterious objects consisting largely of ice, that were born in the outer solar system. The Rosetta mission of the European Space Agency, in collaboration with NASA, is studying for the first time in detail the properties and composition of Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The spacecraft and its lander Philae mission explore a strange world never uncovered before, whose properties provide information about the birth of the solar system and the origin of the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans.

Come to this broad audience conference to discover the Rosetta journey, what did make that adventure possible, why is this so important for science and what are the consequences on our understanding of the universe.

Free public lecture, in English, followed by Q&A with the audience and a wine and cheese reception. Exclusive occasion to attend a lecture with such talented French scientists!

For registration and more information

Organized by the Science & Technology Department of the Consulate General of France in Chicago


Wednesday, April 29

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From 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM CDT
Women, Entrepreneurship  & Innovation” Panel Discussion
Exploring the social, cultural and business environments that support women entrepreneurs and innovation.
Location: Drinker Biddle & Reath – 191 North Wacker Drive – Suite 3700 – Chicago, IL 60606

The landscape for women entrepreneurs is changing. Although there is no magic formula for entrepreneurial success and innovation, the path to success for women has unique challenges. These challenges and perceived solutions vary from person to person as they are influenced by opportunity, experience, perspective and personal needs. The W4W Committee will host a panel discussion to explore the unique challenges women entrepreneurs face, the corresponding conditions that foster successful ventures, innovations and future trends for women entering the startup marketplace. Panelists will share their experiences and perspectives on how to start, innovate and expand their businesses.

Panelists

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CEO
1000Mercis group
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Amy FranceticAmy Francetic
CEO
Clean Energy Trust
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Stephanie King-MyersStephanie King-Myers
Founder, Co-owner & Creative Director
Bottle & Bottega
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AtleeVPopeAtlee V. Pope
CEO & President
Blue Canyon Partners
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Moderator
Philippe RavanasPhilippe Ravanas
Chairman, Business & Entrepreneurship Department
Columbia College
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To know more and to register

About W4W:
The FACC-Chicago W4W Committee is comprised of French and American female executives dedicated to the development of a bi-national support system to facilitate women’s inclusion in the workplace.

The W4W Committee also leads a women’s mentoring program (Women Mentoring Women or WMW), whose vision is to create a strong network aimed at sponsorship and active support for women to help open the door to growth opportunities and counsel through career valleys and peaks.

Learn more online.

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Wednesday, April 29

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6:00 pm – 9:00pm: A presentation of French Innovation @ 1871
“ Innovative technologies in the automotive industry: a French view on green and smart mobility”
 

Presented by

Mr. Hervé Muller, Vice-President North America, Blue Solutions (Bolloré Group)

Mr. Dana Lowell, Director Advanced Business Development, Faurecia

Mr. Pierre-Emmanuel Strohl, Director Product Marketing, Valeo Powertrain

The event will take place at 1871 (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212)

Presentations followed by a reception.

  • Blue Solutions (Bolloré Group), a leader in electric mobility and storage for the Smart Grid, will present Autolib’, the largest electric car sharing service in the world (over 3,000 cars)
  • Faurecia, the world’s 6th largest automotive supplier, will present disruptive technologies in automotive comfort, connectivity & weight reduction
  • Valeo, one of the world’s leading automotive technology companies, will present innovative products and systems that contribute to CO2 emissions reduction; resulting in cleaner, smarter and more fuel efficient cars.

 Blue Solutions, Faurecia, and Valeo  will display their technologies at the event.

Free admission but registration is required. RSVP here!


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Sponsored by:  BusinessFrance  Twitter logo sml Facebook logo small –   The Consulate General of France in Chicago    Twitter logo sml Facebook logo small  and the French Foreign Trade Advisors (CCEF)  Twitter logo sml

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Thursday, April 30

Logo-Science-Fest-2015-150px6:30 pm
Climate change: more or less snow?
A public lecture by Dr. Laurent Terray (European Center for Research and Advanced Training in Scientific Computing)
The event is part of the French-American Science Festival 2015.
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago – 54 W. Chicago Avenue.
Details :

Human activities are rapidly changing the composition of the atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and changes in land use, such as those associated with agriculture and deforestation. Many recent observed changes in climate are broadly consistent with increased radiative heating at the Earth’s surface. Despite all this, climate change deniers keep using the same arguments to refute the warming of the Earth climate and the anthropogenic influence as the main cause. In this talk, Dr. Terray will examine some of these arguments and show that most of the time, they reveal a complete misunderstanding of the basic physics of the Earth climate system. He will also insist on some of the remaining challenges for climate research.

Free public lecture, in English, followed by a Q&A with the audience and a wine and cheese reception.

For registration and more information

Organized by the Science & Technology Department of the Consulate General of France in Chicago


Friday, May 1st

Lab2 All Day – 9am to 3:30pm (one session in the morning and one in the afternoon)

Science L.A.B²: Learning and Building Bridges
Hands-on Science Learning for 5th-10th grade students a & teachers.
A whole day to discover sciences – Bring your students to this educational event!
Location:  Feinberg School of Medicine.
The event is part of the French-American Science Festival 2015

Complete details at: http://sciencefest.france-science.org/science-lab2/
Free but registration required

Following the great success of the third edition in 2014, the Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Chicago in Chicago organizes a fourth whole day for the discovery of science by students, in downtown Chicago, through hands-on activities.

The booths are run by our French and American scientific partners. Some of the subjects scheduled are:

  • Nuclear energy
  • Supraconductivity
  • Robotics and drones
  • Energy storage
  • Mathematics
  • And so much more!


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Organized by the Science & Technology Department of the Consulate General of France in Chicago


Friday, May 1st

French Innnovation Week Gala 2015 “La Nuit des Etoiles”
Gala Evening of the French-American Chamber of Commerce

FACC presents the 23rd annual La Nuit des Etoiles, Closing night of the Chicago French Innovation Week at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower.

This year’s La Nuit des Etoiles is celebrating L’Innovation.

Proceeds from this event will provide essential programming  to further the mission of FACC-Chicago in developing  trade and relationships between businesses  in France and the Chicagoland area.  FACC-Chicago is a member-driven non-profit organization.

More details

Registration open

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2014 Events

Download PDF of the full program – 2014

Weeklong Events: May 9-16, 2014

frenchmarket7 am – 7 pm (closed on Sunday)
French Innovation Week Market at Chicago French Market
131 N Clinton – concourse
{free & open to the public}
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All week long at Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago, discover French brands and companies and learn more about French Innovation Week!
Organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Chicago

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At participating French restaurants across Chicago
{Reservations required. Dinner menu: $33 or $44}
More info
Participating restaurants
The French Innovation Restaurant Week 2014 can’t be missed! Enjoy special menus at some of the best French restaurants in Chicago.
Organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Chicago

“Normandy Cocktails Week” @ Sofitel Le Bar & Café des Architectes
20 E Chestnut
{Reservations required}
More info
Enjoy unique Normandy-themed cocktails at Sofitel all week
Organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Chicago


Friday,  May 9


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“Café-Croissants” Kickoff Event at Chicago French Market

 131 N Clinton
{free & open to the public}
 RSVP
Join us to celebrate the kick off of the first Chicago French week with coffee and croissants at French Market inside Ogilvie Transportation Center. Commuters will have the chance to stop by and learn more about the first-ever French Innovation week in Chicago.
Organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Chicago

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“Pop-up cocktail” Reception
Ligne Roset

440 N Wells St
{invite-only, registration required}
RSVP
Cocktail reception at innovative luxury contemporary furniture designer Ligne Roset.
Organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Chicago


Saturday,  May 10

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Family Activities
French Market @ Ogilvie Transportation Center

131 N Clinton
{free & open to the public}
RSVP
Kids and families are welcome to participate in fun French-themed games, activities and crafts for all ages.
Organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Chicago

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Groundbreaking Ceremony of New Campus

Lycée Français
1929 W Wilson Ave
{free event, but registration required}
RSVP
Join Ambassador of France to the U.S. François Delattre and students, families and faculty of the Lycée as they celebrate breaking ground on construction of their new Lincoln Square campus.
Organized by the Lycée Français of Chicago 

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Alliance Française Women’s Board Gala
Ritz-Carlton Chicago

160 E Pearson St
{Tickets required}
RSVP
Step onto the red carpet and travel to Monte Carlo this spring to support one of Chicago’s cultural treasures, the Alliance Française. The nonprofit’s Woman’s Board will host its biennial Gala on Saturday, May 10th, 2014, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. This year’s theme, Red Carpet at the Monte Carlo Casino, will provide guests a luxurious evening of French Riviera glamour and thrilling casino games.
Organized by the Alliance Française de Chicago


Monday,  May 12

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Live demonstration of Valeo’s automated valet parking system
Merchandise Mart riverside

222 W Merchandise Mart
{Free and open to the public}
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Innovative French automotive company Valeo will demonstrate its automated valet parking system, which allows drivers to send their vehicles to park themselves from their smartphone.
Organized by the Consulate General of France in Chicago in partnership with Invest in France AgencyUbiFrance, les Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur de la FranceValeo and 1871

valeo6pm — 8pm
Presentation & reception with Valeo executives
1871 startup incubator

222 W Merchandise Mart, Suite 1212
{This event is not open to the public, but interested parties can contact the Press Dept. of the French Consulate for more information}
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Ms. Françoise Colpron, Valeo Group President N. America , and Mr. Jean-François Tarabbia, Valeo Sr. VP, Group R&D and Product Marketing, will give a presentation to Chicago business leaders on “disruptive innovation in the automotive industry: a French view on smart vehicles.”
Organized by the Consulate General of France in Chicago in partnership with Invest in France Agency, UbiFrance, les Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur de la FranceValeo and 1871

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9am — 5pm
Chicago Business Booster

{Registration required}
RSVP
 3 jours d’ateliers thématiques et d’échanges ayant pour projet de se développer sur le marché Américain
Organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Chicago


Tuesday,  May 13

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Conference on Climate Change
Alliance Française de Chicago
54 W Chicago Ave

{Free but registration required}
RSVP
A public lecture by David Archer (University of Chicago) and Hervé Le Treut (French Academy of Sciences) on climate change and its implications for humanity, followed by a Q&A. Part of the 2014 French-American Science Fest
Organized by the Science & Technology Department of the Consulate General of France in Chicago

cookauvin5:30pm — 9:30pm
French cooking class at Cook au Vin
2256 N Elston

{Registration required}
RSVP & more info
Organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Chicago


Wednesday,  May 14

scifest_logoAll Day (morning sessions sold out, afternoon slots still available!)
Hands-on Science Learning
Northwestern Memorial Hospital Lurie Research Center
303 E Superior St
{Free but registration required}
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Enjoy a whole day for the discovery of science by students, in downtown Chicago, through hands-on activities, at booths run by French and American scientific partners. Part of the 2014 French-American Science Fest
Organized by the Science & Technology Department of the Consulate General of France in Chicago

lalique5:30 — 7:30pm
Pop-Up Cocktail

LALIQUE Interiors
222 W Merchandise Plaza, Suite 612
{Registration required}
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From the early 20th century art work of its founder René Lalique, to the iconic lifestyle brand of today, LALIQUE has endured for over a century as the ultimate symbol of French luxury. Enjoy a cocktail reception at their innovative Chicago showroom.
Organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Chicago


Thursday,  May 15

scifest_logo6:30pm
Conference on Discovery of the Higgs Boson
Alliance Française de Chicago
54 W Chicago Ave

{Free but registration required}
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A public lecture by Scott Dodelson (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory) and Michel Spiro (CERN) on last year’s Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the Higgs Boson nicknamed the “God Particle,” followed by a Q&A. Part of the 2014 French-American Science Fest
Organized by the Science & Technology Department of the Consulate General of France in Chicago


Friday, May 16


nuitdesetoiles6pm — 11pm

Closing event: “La Nuit des Etoiles” FACC Gala
Sofitel Chicago
20 E Chestnut St
{Invitation only, pre-registration required}
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The French-American Chamber of Commerce celebrates the Normandy region and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings at their annual black-tie gala.
Organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Chicago


The French Innovation Restaurant Week 2014 can’t be missed! Enjoy special menus at some of the best French restaurants in Chicago.
Dinner menu: $33 or $44. More information on Facebook
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