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Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 2pm-9pm

2019 Product Showcase & Demo Day

On its second anniversary, join mHUB for a day of discussion and celebration of innovation in physical product development across the Midwest. Hear from the visionaries, innovators, and entrepreneurs working to carry our region's legacy as the engine for U.S. manufacturing. Exciting events planned throughout the day including talks, startup pitches, and a showcase of more than 30 startups leading the way in product development. Panelists include French group Schneider Electric.

FREE - Registration required


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Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | 6:30pm

Scientific Conference with French Physicist Christophe Royon: "The LHC: From Dark Matter Particles to Stranger Things

The Alliance Francaise 

54 W. Chicago Ave

Researchers around the world hope to discover new particles that can explain the nature of dark matter, prove the existence of extra dimension, and perhaps even create mini black holes...

Professor Royon graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1990 and he obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of Orsay in 1994. He has supervised 19 thesis students and published more than 200 publications in Phys Rev Letter and Nature and has been cited more than 128,000 times.

FREE - Registration required

In English

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | All Day

Students Workshops - 8th Annual Science L.A.B²

Ida Noyes Hall - University of Chicago

1212 E 59th Street, Chicago

A whole day for students and their teachers to learn and build bridges! April 9th is the day of the discovery of sciences, through hands-on activities presented by our French and American scientific partners. This event is designed for both American and French students from 5th to 10th grade and their teachers.

Some of the subject scheduled are :

Nuclear energy / Supraconductivity / Electric cars / Energy storage / Mathematics / and so much more!

Presented by the Office for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in the U.S.

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Students Workshops - 8th Annual Science L.A.B²


Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | 6pm-8 pm

Between January 16 and April 13, 2019, the Lycée Français de Chicago is pleased to welcome French painter and videographer Joël Degbo to its school as their 2019 artist-in-residence. The Lycée’s biennial artist-in-residence program has been offering artists the possibility of a creative stay since its inception in 1998. For LFC students, it is a unique opportunity to engage in an ambitious and structured artistic process, questioning notions of space, time and environment.

In parallel with his work at the Lycée, Joel Degbo has also settled in Mana's studios with the support of the Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago. Founded in 2011, Mana Contemporary is dedicated to providing a platform for contemporary art and artists through exhibitions, studio programs, and public programs. Mana Contemporary creates new partnership opportunities that explore the intersection of contemporary art, design, new technologies, and music.

Program: 6:00 pm: Exhibit opens | 6:15 - 6:45 pm : Conversation and Q&A with Joël Degbo | 7:15 pm: Buffet | 8:00 pm: Event closes.


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Joël Degbo, Artist-in-residence in Chicago

Opening Exhibition "Living in the City - photo and video representations"



Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 8:30am-3pm

Science and Maker Fair 2019 

Families are invited to discover the creative science and tech projects of the students of the Lycee Francais as well as the  brand new Innovation Lab! This "Fablab" is dedicated to 3D Printing, audio and video production, crafts and more.

Exhibits include:

- Chemistry of cooking

- Renewable energy models

- Robotics demonstrations

- Student independent projects 

- and much more !

                =Hours: 8:30am - 10:20am - Exhibits from grades PS - CE2 (Pre-K - 3rd Grade)

                            1:00pm - 3:00pm - Exhibits from grades CM1 - 4eme (4th Grade - 8th Grade)

Admission Information coming up soon.

The Innovation Lab Ribbon Cutting will be on Thursday, April the 4th. A VIP reception will follow a panel conversation with tech and education experts moderated by JD Pirtle, Founder and Principal of Depth and Light.

Invitation Only


Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 8:30am-10:30am

W4W Annual Breakfast Panel
Personal Branding: How to Define and Effectively Communicate Your Brand

Drinker Biddle
191 N Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago

We all have a personal brand whether we realize it or not. Your personal brand is how people think of you and the emotion they feel when they hear your brand name. Since people make decisions based on their emotions it’s important to shape your personal brand into what you want to be “known for”. But how do you go about identifying and creating your personal brand? We will talk with our panel of experts about understanding the real meaning behind the trending buzzwords surrounding personal branding such as: building a value proposition, an effective elevator pitch, developing a positioning statement and identifying unique value.  

Come join the FACC-Chicago and our panel speakers as we discuss defining your brand and ways to communicate it effectively for future opportunities.


Jamie Cohen
- Founder, #TheRightWords

Jessica Zweig - Founder & CEO, SimplyBe Agency

Jane Scudder - Founder & Coach, The New Exec


Audrey Boyle - Social Media Marketing & Personal Branding Professor, Forbes School of Business & Technology, Robert Morris University

An event organized by the FACC-Chicago Women4Women Committee. Open to ALL.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 4:15pm-5:30pm

Space Art Symposium

Sharp, 37 S. Wabash Ave.,
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 1st Floor, Chicago

Eduardo Kac, Inner Telescope in the cupola, International Space Station, 2017. Photo: Thomas Pesquet. The artwork Inner Telescope was produced by L'Observatoire de l'Espace, the cultural lab of the French Space Agency, with support from the European Space Agency and the Carasso Foundation.

Panel Speakers:

  • Annick Bureaud, Art Critic/Director of Leonardo OLATS 

  • Eduardo Kac, Professor and Chair of Art and Technology Studies 

  • Xin Liu, Arts Curator for the Space Exploration Initiative at MIT 

  • Moderator Mark SubbaRao, Dir Space Vis Lab, Adler Planetarium 

Gravity conditions all forms and behaviors produced on Earth, including art. What new artistic forms and experiences can be created if both creators and audiences/participants are free from this constraint? Join Annick Bureaud (Director, Leonardo OLATS), Eduardo Kac (Professor and Chair of Art and Technology Studies, SAIC), and Xin Liu (Arts Curator for the Space Exploration Initiative, MIT) for a conversation on the implications of cultural production in the context of zero-gravity; moderated by Mark SubbaRao (astronomer and Director of the Space Visualization Laboratory at Adler Planetarium).

As part of the 2019 French-American Innovation Midwest, this event is co-organized with the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.

FREE - Registration required 


Friday, April 12, 2019 | 4pm-6pm

Innovation and Education: Bridging Breakthroughs with Academia

Bartlett Trophy Lounge
Bartlett Dining Commons 5640 S. University Ave., 60637 Chicago

Innovation and education have always been associated with each other. The role that educators play in promoting innovation often comes from their own work and research. Join the French Club for a series of presentations and discussions featuring professors from the University of Chicago and elsewhere, whose work we hope will inspire you to push the limits of your own endeavors.


Panel discussion with:

Consul-General of France Guillaume Lacroix
Hélène Dubois, pilot with American Airlines and poet
Dan Bertsche of the France Chicago Center
Jim Leitzel of Public Policy Studies in the College (UChicago)
Khalid Lyamlahy of the Romance Languages and Literature Department​ (UChicago)


Themes: Women in Aviation, Law & Economics, Francophone Literature, Education 

Event in English. Food provided.

Everyone welcome. Registration required 

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April 29 - May 2, 2019 

Auvsi Xponential 2019

Join 8,500 technologists, regulators and users across commercial and defense sectors for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems.


Business France organizes the French Pavilion at XPONENTIAL. Come and meet the French drone companies which have a keen interest in establishing close ties with potential partners. Please contact Alexandre Masse to learn more.

French companies on the exhibition hall: Aeracess, Aerospace Valley, Azur Drones, E.YO Copter, Elistair, MC2 Technologies, Sterblue.


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Friday, May 3rd, 2019 | 6:30pm-10:30pm

Gala 2019 La Nuit des Etoiles
France's Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and its innovations

FACC Chicago will host its annual fundraiser: the Gala La Nuit des Etoiles at Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile. Over the course of the evening, we will highlight the culinary delights and the innovative spirit of France's Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Proceeds from the live auction and paddle raise will go towards the FACC Chicago Foundation.

The FACC-Chicago Foundation helps build a diverse generation of young professionals prepared for the global jobs of the future by supporting access to higher education for young people in need.  The Foundation offers scholarships to select Chicago high school students interested in French language and culture, seeking to pursue a technical, pre-professional or traditional four-year college degree. The Foundation will also facilitate training and learning opportunities within the FACC-Chicago network.

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Thursday, May 9th, 2019 


The University of Chicago will be hosting a full-day of exchanges on innovation in education between Chicago-area French American business leaders, faculty and experts in various fields.

This event is made possible thanks to the support of the UChicago France Chicago Center and the Consulate General of France in Chicago.


(Not a public event)

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Delegation of French American Business Leaders based in Chicago area: Insights and Foresight at the University of Chicago

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