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Alliance Française de Chicago

Address

810 N. Dearborn St.

Neighborhood

Gold Coast / Near North Side

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 4pm

Sun, Oct 16: 12pm - 4pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Completed

1870s

Website

af-chicago.org

Description

This impressive greystone is a prime example of the Italianate row homes that lined the stretch of Dearborn Street in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire, when many of the city's wealthiest and most influential citizens built homes in this area. A 1998 renovation by DeStefano and Partners linked the original structure to a building around the corner on Chicago Avenue. The link is provided by a courtyard and a steel-and-glass addition inspired by the 1930s Modernist Maison de Verre in Paris. The Alliance Française, founded in 1897, is Chicago’s French cultural and learning center dedicated to the study of the French language, cultural exchange and friendship between Americans and French-speaking people.

Behind the Scenes

Visit the main reception halls on the first and second floors, the garden and the 1930s-inspired addition.