5 Places to Find Paris in Chicago

Fun fact of the day: Chicago is a sister city to Paris! (Doesn’t it secretly make you think Chicago is even cooler than before?)

While they’re two of our favorite cities of all time, admittedly, Paris and Chicago don’t have a lengthy list of qualities in common. However, there are a few places where you can find a little slice of France in the Windy City. (It doesn’t just stop at the French Market!)

So, we paired up with our favorite Parisian inspired brand Maison Jules to find the best eateries and shops in the city to get your fix of France. Jouez et jouissez!

A New Leaf

One of our favorite things about Paris? The remarkably charming sidewalk floral shops. Luckily, Chicago has a few of its own—like A New Leaf in the Old Town neighborhood. Pop by to pick up a plant or some fresh blooms; just walking by instantly brightens our mood!

Delightful Pastries

Delightful Pastries is not your average overly trendy bakery but, rather, an unassuming, tiny, Parisian-style cafe. Stop in for delicious sweets, baked goods, coffee, homemade breakfast and lunch and don’t miss their colorful macaroons and freshly baked croissants! When the weather is nice, pull up a chair on the itty bitty patio for a true slice of European charm. You can also find them in Chicago’s French Market if the north side location isn’t authentic enough for you!

P.O.S.H.

Situated on Chicago’s bustling State Street, this French flea market inspired shop is truly a treasure hidden among the rows of big-box retailers and touristy restaurants. Head to P.O.S.H. for one-of-a-kind new and vintage housewares, dishes, coffee table books, decor, and more. We dare you not to find the perfect hostess gift!

Art Institute

You haven’t experienced Chicago until you visit the Art Institute, rated the number one museum in the world! Book at least a few hours in your schedule to fully take in all it has to offer. The museum is famous for its lengthy list of famous Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works (a French art lover’s dream). We’re talking over 30 Monet paintings including several Water Lilies (swoon).

In addition to Monet, you’ll find works by more French artists like Renoir, Cézanne, Caillebotte, and more. (We’d be lying if we didn’t get a little giddy standing in front of Paris Street; Rainy Day.) Plus, don’t miss the Degas exhibit through February of 2016. Maybe we’re biased, but we think it easily gives the Louvre a run for its money.

Mon Ami Gabi

In search of a classic French bistro? Look no further than Lincoln Park’s Mon Ami Gabi. After a day of sightseeing and shopping, wind down with a glass of wine on the patio. (They have over 80 hand picked French varietals.) Of course, you have to indulge in the obligatory French onion soup, in addition to the steak frites, roast chicken, and pretty much everything else on the menu.

Get Jess’ look: Maison Jules striped long sleeve tee, lemon print skirt, and espadrilles.

Get Kelly’s look: Maison Jules polka-dotted dress

Where else have you found Paris in Chicago?

This post is sponsored by Maison Jules, but all opinions are 100% the reflection of The Everygirl’s editorial board. 

  • Alaina Shea

    Easily one of the best posts from The Everygirl! As a Chicago dweller and Paris dreamer, this is what I need!! Thank you for the great recommendations!

    • Alaina! Thank you, that made our day! I’m so glad you loved this feature. It was pretty fun to put together to say the least 😉

  • I love Mon Ami Gabi! I really need to visit Chicago!

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

  • Wonderful article – Love the impetus and the recommendations. P.O.S.H and Mon Ami Gabi are both such dreamy little escapes!

  • Bistro Zinc on State St. Incredible French food.

  • Oh my goodness, this totally makes me want to visit Chicago again!

    http://blog.jessicapei.com/

  • Hi! La Fournette is a great french cafe in Chicago. They have two locations – old town (original one, much recommended) and lincoln park. You walk in and will feel immediately transported to Paris when the owner greets you with “bonjour!” LOVE this place. pastries are amazing, savory food also good, macarons delicious, and overall a great place to catch up with friends or read a book 🙂

  • Loved reading and seeing all the gorg photos! Great article and all the places are totally the places a Chicago gal can go to feel Paris right here.

  • All great ones – I get tons of vintage parisian nicknacks from POSH. One addition – Floriole bakery in lincoln park – the only place I know where I can get a jambon & fromage that tastes like Paris. How they get the same bread texture is a mystery!

    Summer Thornton
    http://www.SummerThorntonDesign.com

  • Lauren Hilker

    Yes, the French Market and La Fournette are also great!

  • I love POSH and shop there every time I visit Chicago!

  • instantphoebe

    Le Petit Paris is a weird little restaurant in the lobby of a condo building on Chestnut and Dewitt (1 block from inner LSD). The ambiance is lacking, but the food is always really solid. The Veal Marengo (I’ve only seen it during cold months) is STELLAR and the desserts are delicious, large, and only $5. The owner (he immigrated from France) also pours a heavy glass of wine! I feel like not a lot of people know about it, but it’s def an authentic French experience, imo.

  • Love this post! This outfit is so cute, I love Mason Jules. Thanks for all the Parisian tips. Can’t wait to start discovering Paris in Chicago 🙂
    XO
    Aimara
    http://www.waysofstyle.com

  • Mish

    Cook Au Vin offers French Cooking classes. They are taught by a French chef!

  • Aw, love this post! The photos are so charming.

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  • Aw, love this post! The photos are so charming.

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  • Lovely list! My additions are Le Sardine and Bittersweet Bakery.

    Belles Vies
    http://bellesvies.com
    A French inspired style + lifestyle blog

  • Hey Gals,

    Two places that I would put on this list are Vanille Patisserie and Toni Patisserie. They are both very french and very delicious places to eat! I believe Vanille has several locations. Toni Patisserie is downtown and really close to Millennium Park. The rest of these places are great as well. I frequent them all – but especially the two I mentioned.

    Best,
    Mariam
    The Petite Bijou
    http://www.thepetitebijou.com

  • R310

    Not really shopping or restaurant related, but don’t forget about Buckingham Fountain! Modeled after the La Donna Fountain in Versailles, France.

  • Erika

    Love this article. Maude’s Liquor Bar, RM Champagne, and Bistro Campagne are great spots too.

  • Rise Beyond

    Great recommendations! I would add Maison Marcel to the list! So dreamy with major Parisian vibes! We wrote about it in our Chicago Restaurant Week Roundup here: http://rise-beyond.com/chicago-restaurant-week-roundup/