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Alliance Française de Chicago

Address

54 W. Chicago Ave.

Neighborhood

Near North Side

Hours

Sat, Oct 16: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 17: Closed

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Completed

1870s

Website

af-chicago.org

Description

This impressive greystone is a prime example of the Italianate row homes that lined this 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 nearby. 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.

Visitor Experience

The Alliance's main floor, auditorium, patio, library and some classrooms will be open for visitors. We will offer a presentation and guided tour every 15-30 minutes.