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Bonjour, Chicago: City's First French Restaurant Week Happens Next Month

Restaurant roster is still being finalized.

À la carte Chicago, a French version of Restaurant Week, takes place in November.
À la carte Chicago, a French version of Restaurant Week, takes place in November.

Some of Chicago's most-popular French restaurants will offer special prix fixe menus from Nov. 9 to Nov. 19 celebrating French culture. It's in essence the French version of Restaurant Week, and includes French cooking demonstrations. It's called à la Carte Chicago 2015.

The event is organized by à la carte Chicago, a group made up of restaurants and other French groups, including the Consulate General of France in Chicago. Menus aren't posted online yet, but according to a post on Chicagoist, the prix fixe menu will cost $33 and $44. Don't worry, there's nary a mention of John Cusack's classic "Better Off Dead."

The restaurant roster could change, but for now the list includes Brindille, Bistronomic, Chez Moi, Shaw’s Crab House, River Roast, Mon Ami Gabi, La Sardine, Le Bouchon, Chez Simo, Vanille Chicago, La Fournette bakery, Ristorante Angelina, Paris Club, Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, Kendall College and French Pastry School.

Check out the events and demonstrations here. They cover French takes on burgers, wine and cognac tastings, and even a viewing of the French film "Babette's Feast" with a cooking class.

The closing event held by the chamber is called Passport to France and is planned for Nov. 19. It'll feature more than 50 restaurants and vendor at the Union Club of Chicago. Check back later when menus are posted.

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