Frequently asked questions

What are the hours of the Alliance Française?

Hours of operation
Mon–Thurs 9:00 a.m. – 9:55 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Library hours
Mon–Thurs Mon-Thu 12 p.m.–8 p.m.
(closed 1:00–1:30 p.m. for lunch)
Friday Closed
Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Where is the Alliance Française located ?

810 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610

See the map

Is parking available ?

The Alliance Française de Chicago has two parking locations for your convenience:

  • InterPark at 100 W Chestnut St (NW corner of Clark and Chestnut):
    $9.00, good for a 12-hour period (with validation at the Alliance Française's reception desk) · No overnight parking
  • LAZ Parking at 2 W Delaware (between Dearborn and State): $10 rate, enter between 2pm and exit before 7am (with validation at the Alliance Française's reception desk) · If anyone enters outside that time frame that person will be charged regular rates.

Metered parking is available on Dearborn Street, Chestnut Street and Chicago Avenue. Daytime parking restrictions apply, so be sure to read the posted signs. There are also parking lots to the west and south of the Alliance Française which charge an hourly fee.

Are there any social activities at the Alliance where I can practice my French ?

In addition to classes, many of the cafés sponsored by the Alliance Française help you practice your French and meet people with similar interests. Café Conversation groups are a great way for our members to practice French in a casual, relaxing environment. You can learn more about them by clicking here.

You can also have a look to our upcoming social events and workshops. Some of them are in French. All of them are lots of fun!

What are the benefits of becoming a member of the Alliance Française ?

As a member, you have the opportunity to participate in all of the activities organized by the Alliance Française and you have access to all its facilities.

Benefits also include:

  • Reduced admission to workshops, events and classes
  • Open access and check-out privileges to the library/ médiathèque
  • Participation in all Cafés Conversations and Cafés Littérature
  • Discounts proposed through our network of partners

Check the complete list of membership benefits here!

Who has access to the materials in the library ?

Everybody has access to the library, but only members of the Alliance Française have the right to borrow materials from the library.

Please check our complete library policy here.

How do I determine my class level ?

If you never took French before, you can register for our Initiation level called Interactions 1, Unit 1.

If you already know or speak some French, it is recommended to take a Placement Test. One of our instructors will then contact you in order to find the best class for you, depending on your needs and your availability.

For more information regarding levels, please visit this page.

For more information about our approach and the material we use, please visit the curriculum page.

Is my membership transferable to other Alliances Françaises ?

Unfortunately, not yet. Your membership at the Alliance Française de Chicago will only be valid at the Alliance Française de Chicago.

Is my membership tax deductible?

Since your membership provides a service (discounts and privileges), it is not considered a gift and therefore is not tax deductible.

How long will it take me to become fluent in French?

To become fluent in a language, practice makes perfect, but keep in mind it is an ongoing process.

At the Alliance Française de Chicago, you will be able to use your French from day 1, with real life situations.

Our objective is for you to become independent early on. You will feel extremely satisfied when you will use what you learned and practiced with us when going to a French speaking part of the world.

Do I need to speak French to attend events and classes at the Alliance Française?

  • Workshops: Please consult the description of the workshop you are interested in.
  • All cultural events are suitable for non French speakers, unless they are categorized as “En français uniquement.”