Le quatorze juillet, also known as La Fete Nationale in France and Bastille Day most other places, commemorates the July 14, 1789, storming of the Bastille, a fortress famed for holding political prisoners (though at the time of the storming, it housed only a handful of inmates, apparently of limited political significance).
But it was a pivotal historic event nonetheless, celebrated in Chicago with a Daley Plaza fest (Saturday) and restaurant deals all weekend.
Bistronomic. Three-course Bastille menu available through Sunday; $30, $40 with wine pairing. Dessert choice includes the restaurant's famed Blue, White & Red Baked Alaska. 840 N. Wabash Ave., 312-944-8400.
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Chez Moi. On Bastille Day the restaurant will feature special wines at $8/glass, $25/bottle; a blue, white and red martini ($12); and four entree specials priced at $17.89. 2100 N. Halsted St., 773-871-2100.
Courtright's. Bastille Day celebration begins with 5 p.m. garden reception, followed by 5:30 p.m. dinner. Six-course dinner with six wines, $90. 8989 Archer Ave., Willow Springs, 708-839-8000.
Cyrano's Farm Kitchen. Three-day Bastille celebration runs Friday through Sunday, featuring four-course menu for $37.50 (menu items available a la carte). Regular menu also available Friday and Saturday. Live piano music featured in the Barrel Room. 546 N. Wells St., 312-467-0546.
Daley Plaza. Bastille Day Chicago takes place from 4-9 p.m. Saturday in Daley Plaza, featuring music and dance performances, family games, prize raffles and food and drink. Free admission; information at bastilledaychicago.org.
D & J Bistro. Bastille Day celebration Sunday includes three- and four-course prix-fixe menus ($42.50 and $46.50). The dining room will be filled with blue, white and red balloons, waiters will don French berets, and co-owner Stephane Goupic will reprise his annual surprise-costume appearance. Live music and a beret-toss contest as well. 66 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich, 847-438-8001.
Le Bouchon. Three-day Bastille celebration Friday through Sunday features a special three-course, classic French menu for $25, plus $1 Kronenbourg beers. Regular menu also available. 1958 N. Damen Ave., 773-862-6600.
Retro Bistro. Bastille celebration runs Friday through Sunday with a special Moulin Rouge menu of French favorites. 1746 W. Golf Road, Mount Prospect.
Suzette's Creperie. Three-day jazz festival features live music 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, 4-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Regular menu available Friday; regular menu plus special appetizer menu available Saturday; and special menu ($35) featured Sunday. 211 W. Front St., Wheaton, 630-462-0898.