Independence Day isn't the only holiday in July for freedom lovers, or those who just love to party. Switch out the beer for Bordeaux on July 14 and raise your glass to liberte, egalite and fraternite with one of these Chicago Bastille Day events.
Niketown Bastille Day 5K Run/Walk and Block Party
July 9, 7:30-10 p.m.
There's nothing like the promise of a party to keep you motivated during a run. This annual race through the West Loop concludes with a celebration full of food, drinks and live music (Dot Dot Dot headlines). Prizes will be given out to the winners.
Chicago French Bastille Day
July 11, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
This first-ever fest promises to bring a taste of France to Oz Park in honor of the end of French monarchy. Expect authentic food, music and fun activities.
Pops for Champagne
July 12, 3-8 p.m.
Celebrate the country that gave champagne its name at Pops for Champagne. For $35, you'll get unlimited grilled meats, sandwiches and cheese dishes with either a Vintage 2005 Cremant de Bourgogne Blanc or Charles Bauer Cremant d'Alsace Rose. For an additional $5-$15, add on a glass of one of the six featured sparkling wines and champagnes.
Halsted Tastes Better
July 13, 6-9 p.m.
This year, the Lakeview dining event goes French in honor of Bastille Day, with participating restaurants (including Ann Sather, Chicago Diner, Halsted's Bar + Grill, HB Home Bistro, Hearty Boys, Horizon Cafe, Kit Kat, Jack's, Las Mananitas, Minibar, Roscoe's Tavern and Yoshi's Cafe) offering twists on French dishes. The all-inclusive $25 advance ticket price also admits you to the Waitperson’s Race, where you can cheer on your favorite server, preferably in French. (Put your money where your mouth is by entering the raffle.)
July 14, 7-9 p.m.
Make the most of it at Marche, where cabaret performers, costumed "French maidens" and a DJ will accompany a Parisian-inspired specials menu. Escalate your escargots with a French Martini for $11 or Peach Martini for $13. Purchasing a regular entree will score you a $50 gift certificate for your next visit.
Party like it’s 1789 at Bistro 110. Mingle with Marie Antoinette look-a-likes while sipping on Krug Champagne for $17.89 a glass. All dinner entrees will also be available for $17.89 or less.
Enjoy half-priced select bottles of wine the entire evening, as well as delicious French flavors in honor of the downfall of feudalism in France. Executive Chef Andrew Alcid’s bar menu and new summer menu dishes include: Lyonnaise salad ($8), mussels and frites ($8), niciose salad ($14) and Pacific halibut ($20.95).
Lush Wine and Spirits
Both the Roscoe Village and South Loop locations of this liquor store will offer free French wine tastings on Saturday (2-5 p.m.) and Tuesday (5-8 p.m.).