I’m a bit of a Francophile, and with Bastille day upon us I wanted to let our guests of the Old Chicago Inn know about some local ways to celebrate all things French this weekend. If you want to learn about French culture, a visit to L’École Française, right around the corner at 3349 N Clark St, is the perfect way to start. Their motto is “Le Bonheur, c’est d’apprendre,” translated that means: learning is happiness. It certainly will be on Saturday for their Bastille Day celebration. Join them for Le Fête National on Saturday, July 14, from 7pm to 10pm, for an immersion into French culture complete with wines and cheese from France as well as French music. Who knows you might even learn a phrase or two. The event is $15 for non-students.
One of my favorite dinner spots in Lakeview has been around for forty years. Le Crêperie at 2845 N. Clark Street is a charming little spot that is family owned and operated. As the name suggests the menu is centered around crêpes, both savory and sweet, with a variety of fillings that represent classic French fare such as Coq au Vin, Boeuf Bourguignon, and of course Crêpes Suzette. They also have some delicious starters including a sampler of three pates served with cornichons and my husband’s favorite, Soup à L’oignon Gratinée. If the weather is nice ask to sit in their patio. Not a crêpe person? Then try the fish or Steak Frites, both are sure to please any French friendly palate.
And finally we invite all our guests to stop by Room 13, the Old Chicago Inn’s speakeasy, as we kick off our weekend this Friday. We will be featuring wines from France. On the list this weekend: a white Bordeaux from Chateau Grand Jean, a red Grenache, Esprit du Rhône, from Côte du Rhône, as well as our house favorite, the bubbly St. Hillaire. I hope to see you there, and raise a glass to say “A votre santé!”
Room 13 is closed for a private event on Saturday, July 14.