Founded in 1897, with the mandate to promote French culture in Chicago, the Alliance Française is among the oldest of cultural institutions in the city. Today, the Alliance Française de Chicago hosts an impressive array of events. The organization continues its long tradition of bringing notable lecturers to Chicago: authors, filmmakers and directors, winemakers, chefs, designers, historians, actors and performing artists. Virtually every aspect of French speaking culture throughout the world is included in the Alliance’s broad range of programming, with the Alliance frequently partnership with local, national and international institutions. Classes are offered for all ages and levels of French, leading to certifications in French for professional purposes or simply for the fun of learning and experiencing another language and its various cultures.