Field trips at the Alliance Française de Chicago

Let your students experience French for a day!

Teachers or group organizers can take their students to France without leaving the country with a Field Trip at the Alliance Française de Chicago.

To request a field trip, fill out our online Field Trip Request form:

Field Trip Request

Teachers may choose from the two following field trip formulas:

Le Simple

One 2-hour activity

Le Double

Two 2-hour activities

Activities can be conducted in French or English based on the proficiency of the group.

The program can also be adapted depending on your group's needs.


Atelier Cuisine

Guided by Alliance Française de Chicago culinary instructors, you will work in small groups to prepare one of our simple and delicious menus. Recipes and instructions are provided in French and in English.

Atelier Cinéma

We possess a wonderful collection of short and full length films, from comedies to moving documentaries and more! We use these films as catalysts for cultural, historical and language talks.

Field Trip Program

Your Field Trip at the Alliance Française step by step:

I. Choose your formula and check our prices:

Field Trips are available from Tuesday to Friday, 9:30AM to 2:30PM.

Atelier Cinéma Atelier Cuisine
10-30 students: $10 /student 10-15 students: $25 /student
31-50 students: $9 /student (not offered at this time) 
15-30 students: $22 /student
Atelier Cuisine + Atelier Cinéma:
10-15 students: $28/student 
16-30 students: $22/student
(Two groups of 15 students max. One group is in the kitchen, the other is in the auditorium. Then they switch.)

To ensure student safety, chaperones and teachers must stay with their students at all times and monitor their behavior.

II. Choose your menu or your movie:
Atelier Cuisine
(Starter for menus: Salade verte & vinaigrette)
Menu 1 : Quiche Lorraine + Pêche Melba
Menu 2 : Croissant Jambon ou/et Fromage + Crêpes Sucrées
Menu 3 : Tarte à la tomate et moutarde de Dijon + Tarte aux poires et amandes
Menu 4 : Menu breton Crêpes Salées + Quatre-quarts aux pommes
Menu 5 : Menu alsacien Tarte flambée + Tarte aux pommes alsacienne
Menu 6 : Menu parisien Croque-monsieur + Madeleines
Welcome to the wonderful world of French cuisine in our do-it-yourself cooking workshops!

Guided by Alliance Française French culinary instructor, Isabelle, you will work in small groups to prepare one of our simple and delicious menus. Recipes and directions are provided in French and/or in English. The workshop can be led in either language according to the students’ level.

Please note:

  • Notify us with any dietary restrictions or allergies ahead of time.
  • Remember! Atelier Cuisine is hands-on, so dress appropriately. Everyone will be “the Chef”!
  • Our menus are designed to best use Field Trip time and our kitchen space. Menus are not subject to modification.
Atelier Cinéma
Title Rating Length
Collection courts métrages (new) NR 90mn
Le Petit Nicolas NR 87mn
Les vacances du Petit Nicolas (new) NR 120mn
Joyeux Noël* PG13 116mn
Cartouches Gauloises NR 90mn
Les Choristes* NR 97mn
La gloire de mon père PG 105mn
Le château de ma mère PG 98mn
Les émotifs anonymes NR 80mn
Le huitième jour NR 118mn
Panique au village NR 75mn
Serko NR 100mn
Le papillon NR 80mn
La haine* R 96mn
Au revoir les enfants NR 104mn
Le Petit Prince (new) PG 138mn
Le fils de l’épicier NR 96mn
La grande illusion NR 114mn
La chambre des officiers* PG13 135mn
* We have many other choices to choose from, do not hesitate to ask.
We are offering a great collection of films!

These films are a window into French culture. You will find these films exclusively at the Alliance Française de Chicago.

As we commemorate the 100 year anniversary of WWI, we are starting a retrospective of French cinema on this important period of French, and world, history with “La Grande Illusion,” “La chambre des officiers” et “Joyeux Noël.”

Contact us for more information.

Disclaimer: teachers have occasionally noted elements they found somewhat controversial due to local tastes. We recommend that teachers preview films if they have any concerns about content. For summaries and reviews of these films, see

III. Contact

Our Field Trip Coordinator is Anne Thénin (by email [email protected] or on the phone: 312.337.1070 ext. 116). She will check availability, make sure to reserve the space for you, and give you the registration form.

IV. Fill out and return your registration form with your deposit and receive your receipt.

For inquiries, please call (312) 337‑1070 or email [email protected]