This Year’s Past Highlights (for pictures, see slideshow):
• Curated tour of the Cezanne exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago and apéritif in the park, Aug 2022
• Rosa Bonheur and the Château de By, Virtual talk & tour, June 2022
• Third Annual Members’ Midwestern trip to Prairie du Chien, WI
• Third Annual Gala honoring Josephine Baker, June 2022
Second French Heritage Corridor Conference, Lafayette, IN, May 2022
• Illinois & Michigan « I & M » Canal 2nd Annual Clean-Up, in observation of Earth Day, April 2022
• “Wine & War” Tasting & Author talk, Nov 2021

View the FHS Chicago-Midwest Steering Committee

FHS Chicago-Midwest 2022 Sustaining Sponsors: Reed Centracchio, Raila & Associates and Traen, Inc.

Weaving the past into the future: preservation, collaboration, celebration!

Through various activities and educational opportunities, we are dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and promotion of French heritage throughout the United States’ Midwest and France.

In addition to fostering Franco-American friendship (Amitié) and cross-cultural exchange through select tours throughout the Midwest, lectures, conferences, galas and other events, FHS Chicago-Midwest Chapter also plays an active role in the Midwest through FHS’s Franco-American Student Exchange Internship Program. The Chicago-Midwest Chapter recognizes the deep roots of French heritage throughout the Midwest and is proudly knitting together a network of stakeholders. French Heritage Corridor, an initiative conceived and led by the French Heritage Society Chicago-Midwest Chapter, comprises seven states in the Midwest (IA; IL; IN; MI; MN; MO and WI). This network, joined by waterways connecting with the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes, transcends borders to recreate in the Midwest what was once la Nouvelle France. For more information, please visit:

Lisa Kahn and Pascale Kichler are Co-Chairs of the Chicago-Midwest Chapter. If you are interested in becoming involved with FHS Chicago-Midwest Chapter or learning more about our events, please contact us at, find us on Facebook at ChicagoFrenchHeritageSociety or follow us on Instagram @chicago_fhs.


FHS at Home: Meet our Intern at the Opéra de Paris

Thursday, June 8, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

We are excited to announce a special online program highlighting Jed Surio's incredible internship experience at the Opéra de Paris in the Heritage Costume Department. The program is free for FHS ... Read More >

Join the Paris Chapter for  a private visit of the exhibition “A New Art, Metamorphoses of Jewellery, 1880-1914” at the École des Arts Joailliers ... Read More >

Third Annual French Heritage Corridor Conference

Thursday, June 15 - Saturday, June 17

The French Heritage Corridor, an FHS Initiative organized by our Chicago-Midwest Chapter, will hold its third annual conference in Prairie du Chien, WI. The event will bring together key stakeholders of French heritage in the Midwest and feature tours of local sites.

Dr. Coutré will give a private lecture about the exhibition Van Gogh and the Avant-Garde: The Modern Landscape followed by a reception.


The Chicago-Midwest Chapter has sponsored the following grantees: 

2023 Château de Fontariol 
2023 Bolduc House, MO

2022 Château de By-Rosa Bonheur (Seine et Marne)

2022 Château du Clos de Vougeot (Burgundy)

2022 Château de Millet (Allier)

2022 Village of Bourbonnais First Log Schoolhouse (Bourbonnais, IL)

2021 Château de Sambucy (Aveyron)

2021 Chatillon-DeMenil House (Saint Louis, MO)

2020 Château de Bouzols (Haute Loire)

2020 Fort de Chartes (Prairie du Rocher, IL)

2019 Beauregard-Keyes House (New Orleans, LA)