Chicago French Market Receives High Praise, Celebrates Bastille Day, and More this July!

The Chicago French Market (131 N. Clinton St., Chicago IL, 60661; 312-575-0306) is ecstatic about being named the Best Gourmet Market by the Chicago Reader's Best Of Chicago 2013 readers poll and would like to extend a wholehearted thank you to everyone who voted.

Online PR News – 11-July-2013 – Chicago, IL – Congratulations are in order. Vendors Saigon Sisters, Lillie's Q and Little Goat Bread were recently featured in the June issue of Bon Appétit Magazine accompanied by a photograph taken by our publicist Cindy Kurman.

July is packed with activities, specials and entertainment sure to keep you fueled, entertained, and prepared for summer entertaining.

Come Celebrate Bastille Day a day early (on July 13) and enjoy everything the Chicago French Market has to offer! Make sure to Like the Chicago French Market on Facebook and follow it on Twitter @ChiFrenchMarket to receive up-to-the-minute news.

Holiday Hours

Thursday July 4th
The Chicago French Market will be CLOSED in observance of the holiday

Friday July 5th
The Chicago French Market will be Open 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Vendor's hours may vary, please visit the Chicago French Market website for specific vendors and hours

Saturday July 6th
The Chicago French Market returns to its regular hours 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Vendor's hours may vary, please visit the Chicago French Market website for specific vendors and hours

July 2013 Features and Specials

Bello Tea July Specials

Start your weekday morning 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with a daily selected hot tea special for $2/$2.50. Stop by 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday for a complimentary Bubble Tea Sampling. GLUTEN FREE and VEGAN options are available.

Have you tried Matcha? Many people have reported great energy boosting effects from this fine powder green tea. Try this amazing product morning or afternoon for a pick-me-up. Dragging mid-day? Bello Tea offers Matcha Shots for $2.00 each from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. just to help you beat the afternoon slump.

Bello Tea also is offering a 10% discount for online purchases this month. Purchase your Bello Tea favorites from their extensive selection of close to 100 teas and accessories. Just don't forget to enter the code JULY10 for this summer discount.

Delightful Pastries Specials

Just in time to celebrate Bastille Day, Delightful Pastries is offering a complimentary macaron when you buy a Rainbow Macaron Box that includes two each of eight different flavors (16 macarons in total) for $19.

Picnic Baskets are now available for order. Devour a sampler tray of Delightful Pastries' lunch favorites, The Polish, The Thanksgiving and The 3 Piggly Wiggly Sandwiches. The basket comes complete with side dishes of homemade pickles and pickled onions, and 3 cups of homemade beverages, your choice of freshly squeezed lemonade, unsweetened iced tea or an Arnold Palmer. A box of macarons and a bag of heavenly cookies, choice of flour-less chocolate pebbles, granola cookies or molasses ginger cookies, also are included. Picnic baskets serve three or more for $50.


Effective July 1, Bowl Square is changing its name to K-Kitchen. The menu will retain all customer favorites adding an expanded and changing seasonal menu options. Come celebrate the launch and treat yourself to July specials Green Rice Bowl or Bibimbap (as it is called in Korea). The Green Rice Bowl includes rice infused with more than eight seasonal vegetables in a Korean Red Sauce. Personalize your bowl by adding beef or chicken (no up-charge!).

Klay Oven Kitchen

Become a fan! Klay Oven Kitchen has introduced a new loyalty program for its faithful customers. The next time you stop by the booth, pick up a loyalty card and start checking off your meals. Once you have purchased 12 meals, the 13th is on Klay Oven Kitchen.

Lavazza Espression

Lavazza Espression is introducing the Signature Blendissimo®. The Blendissimo®, an extraordinary blend of fresh ingredients made with passion, is available in 3 flavors. $4.85-$5.45.

Salty Caramel Blendissimo®
The natural peanut flavor complemented by the decadence of caramel blended with vanilla gelato, espresso, and ice.

Strawberry & Marshmallow Blendissimo®
The natural flavor of fresh strawberry combined with the playfulness of marshmallow blended with vanilla gelato, espresso, and ice.

Banana & Chocolate Blendissimo®
The natural flavor of fresh banana and the pleasure of chocolate are blended with vanilla gelato, espresso, and ice.

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine

With summer in full swing, there's nothing nicer on a hot Chicago day than an ice cold beer. Pastoral is featuring an expanded rotating selection of craft beers this July.

Hungry but in a hurry for your evening commute? Stop by Pastoral and pick up a freshly made Grab n' Go sandwich. These are perfect for the Metra ride home. Running Late? Plan ahead. You can pre-order your made-to-order pastoral sandwiches by calling or ordering on-line.

Pastoral is known for its fabulous selection of imported cheese. Why not pick up a variety, enjoy a fresh baguette, and a great bottle of wine - the perfect addition to any meal.

Saigon Sisters

Saigon Sisters has introduced Chicken Curry Banh Mi to its menu. Curry lovers rejoice. This dish combines grilled lemongrass chicken, curry mayo, pickled red onions, mint, cucumber, cilantro, pickled daikon, carrots, and jalapenos.

If you're planning to attend an outdoor concert in the park, grab Saigon Sisters quick and delicious banh mi, specialty drinks, and snacks before you hit the road. Saigon Sisters is conveniently open until 7 p.m.

Saigon Sister's T-racha Hot Awesome Sauce is now available for $7. This sauce has been featured and recognized by the Tasting Table and Chicago Tribune as the "hot sauce" to take home.


Wisma is now featuring Chef and Owner John des Rosier's homemade jarred items perfect for your kitchen, barbeques and picnics $5 to $7.

Strawberry Rhubarb Preserves, Strawberry Preserves and Raspberry Preserves are now available for purchase. His San Marzano Tomato Sauce and Tomato Vodka Sauce also are available.

Want to add big flavor to your sandwiches and grill this season? Chef des Rosier has you covered with Louisiana Barbeque Sauce and Spicy Giardiniera, sure crowd pleasers for any back yard barbecue. Don't forget the Spicy Beer Mustard, delicious with pretzels or on your brats.

Pick up some Tomatillo Salsa, Homemade Tortilla Chips and Wisma's wine and beer sippie cups all ideal for any picnic.

Chicago French Market July Events and Entertainment

Wednesday, July 3 Lunch Hour Music - Chris Goranson
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complimentary

Notable Chicago musician Chris Goranson is coming to the Chicago French Market for a Lunch Hour jazz performance. Goranson is a guitar teacher with a degree in Jazz Performance from Northern Illinois University. Currently, Goranson plays in a rock band called OurGlass, who recently performed for JBTV. Catch the Libertyville native again, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 3 for another Lunch Hour performance at the Chicago French Market.

Thursday, July 11th Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine - Beer Tasting
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine will be hosting their monthly tasting. This month's tasting will be featuring a diverse array of craft beers that are perfect for summer fun.

Thursday, July 11 Rush Hour Music - Dean Milano
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Complimentary

Singer and songwriter Dean Milano engages in storytelling through his preferred medium, music. Having mastered many styles of music, Milano effortlessly moves between the musical genres of folk, country, rock, ballads, bluegrass and pop. He spent four years touring with The New Seekers and has been the opening act for the Spencer Davis Group, Bo Diddley, The Kingston Trio in addition to many others. Come listen from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at the Chicago French Market.

Saturday, July 13th Bastille Day Celebration
11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate Bastille Day a day early, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday July 13, at Chicago French Market.

Enjoy the 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. cooking demonstration by Le Bouchon's legendary French Head Chef Jean Claude Poilevey and son, Sous Chef Oliver Poilevey. A recent inductee to The Culinary Academy of France, Chef Poilevey strives for authenticity in his delicate and romantic French bistro. In honor of Bastille Day, Chef Jean Claude and Chef Oliver will demo classic French dishes.

1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Sarah Young Trio (Jazz)
Sarah Young was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk vocal competition in 2010, and won first prize in the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice competition in 2011. Come experience her breath-taking voice with this diverse trio comprised of piano, upright bass and vocals. Enjoy the Free Bubbly Tasting as they perform Jazz, Latin, Swing and Dance Standards with French embellishments and feel.

For those who don't know, on July 14, 1789, the people of Paris raided the Bastille fortress-prison to demonstrate their independence and the uprising of the modern nation. This iconic moment in French history, marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Centuries later, Bastille Day has become a worldwide celebration, with parades and festivals held around the globe to honor French culture.

Wednesday, July 31 Lunch Hour Music - Dean Milano
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complimentary

If you missed Dean Milano earlier this month, or if you just wanted to hear his music again, today is your lucky day. Come listen from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 at the Chicago French Market.

Wednesday, July 17 Lunch Hour Music - Erich McMann
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complimentary

The Bartlett, Illinois native, Erich McMann has always been drawn to country music. His musical career has been greatly influenced by the work of Hank Williams Sr., Buck Owens, and Merle Haggard. After years of traveling and performing all across the country, with several bands and projects; McMann has moved back to Chicago to work full-time as a musician. Come hear this talented musician during your lunch hour, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 17.

Thursday, July 25 Lunch Hour Music - Annalee
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complimentary

Annalee, who is a market favorite, captivates audiences with her jazz infused music. She has a modern interpretation of Jazz, Blues and R&B that still remains true to each style's classical roots. Annalee's work attracts audiences of all ages with its effortless balance of old and new. Annalee comes to the Chicago French Market from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday July 25. You won't want to miss this performance, make sure to stop by and enjoy the sound.