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Bastille Day dining options

Go French on July 14 with Phil Vettel's restaurant picks

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Baked Alaska at Bistronomic: Go French on July 14, aka Bastille Day, with Phil Vettel's restaurant suggestions. (Bistronomic Photo)

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.

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.

pvettel@tribune.com

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