French in Chicago

Why learn French in Chicago? – Chicago is the home of deep-dish pizza, the Cubs, and a giant, stainless steel bean that is actually a cloud. It is the 3rd largest city in the U.S., with an estimated population of 12 million in 2018. On the surface, Chicago might not strike you as a hub of French culture, but did you know the city’s story started with the arrival of French explorers in the 17th century? They named the area after “Checagou,” a translation of the Native American word for garlic, shikaakwa. And that’s not all — Chicago’s first permanent resident was Jean Baptiste Point du Sable. The inhabitant, from what is now Haiti, arrived in 1779 and celebrated the first Chicago wedding when he married his Native American wife.


While Chicago honors its French language heritage, what it treasures most is its cuisine. The Chicago French Market is the only year-round, indoor market in the city. There are more than 30 specialty vendors to choose from to get your fresh, organic ingredients. The Windy City is also filled with French restaurants which you can sample during the annual Passport to France event hosted by the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago, and which in 2017 had over 1,000 Francophiles gather for tempting cuisine and live entertainment. Bastille Day is also taken very seriously, with the Alliance Française of Chicago overseeing the organization. As you can see, French classes in Chicago will never be boring. There are so many extracurricular activities to engage in.

Now, French courses in Chicago will open doors to more than just fun and games for you in the Second City. Many of Europe’s largest companies like Veolia, Dassault Systemes, Lafarge, and French companies like Orange, JCDecaux, and AXA have their U.S. headquarters located in Chicago. This is due to the fact that Illinois’s financial market ranks as #1 in the US, with its very own McCormick Place ranking as the #1 American convention center, seeing over 3 million visitors per year!

According to a 2018 study by Statistical Atlas, French-speaking households are mostly found in the neighborhoods of South Chicago, Lincoln Park, Hyde Park, and the South Shore. Yet, at Language Trainers, we can find you proper French classes anywhere in Chicago, be it at home, at work, at school or at a teacher’s house. We specialize in finding the best French trainers for your needs, to teach you at a time and location that suits you, be you a beginner or an advanced learner. Send us a quick inquiry to find out more about our personalized French courses.


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Interesting Language Facts

US federal law provides up to a $1,000 raise in monthly proficiency pay for bilingual military personnel.

There are 6 official UN languages.

21% of Americans speak a language other than English at home.
WHY people learn FRENCH?
Personal reasons (communicating with relatives or friends abroad)
Business in French-speaking countries

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1-on-1 General French Course in Chicago

Our general one-on-one courses in Chicago will help students improve their French level quickly and efficiently, whatever their needs. One of the most exciting aspects of our courses is that they are developed entirely around the needs of the students. The fact that we offer our French classes on a One-on-One basis means that you can learn the words and phrases you need in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

1-on-1 Business French Course in Chicago

Our French courses in Chicago are taught on a one-on-one basis and will help you improve your business communication skills immensely. No matter what level you begin at we will soon have you dealing with business introductions comfortably before moving onto other matters. Beginner level students can expect to finish the course with basic telephone French and email skills, as well as a level of survival French, granting them the ability to work in a country where French is the native tongue.

2-to-1 and Small Group
French Courses in Chicago (closed group)

Our French courses are also available for small groups studying together (Two-to-One French Course or In-Company Small Group French Course). All participants must have the same language needs, be able to study at the same time at the same place and be at the same level. All participants should be booked at the same time. Language Trainers suggest that you do not look for classes with more than 8 students at one time. However, an In-Company Taster French Course can contain a maximum of 12 people.

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Some of our Language Teachers in Chicago

Language Taught: Italian, German, French, English

An English-French bilingual born and raised in France, Linda has extensive experience teaching the two languages to learners of all ages and skill levels, in both France and the United States. She holds a Master's in English, as well as a French teaching certification. She has special experience preparing students for language examinations.

Language Taught: Polish, German

Anna is a native speaker of both Polish and German, and has over seven years of experience teaching both languages. She currently holds a Master's degree in German Literature and History. She is also a regular participant in conferences related to German language and culture. 

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Our clients from Chicago include:

Liberty Mutual

Parisian Clothing LTD

Royal Danish Embassy

Taconic Capital Advisors

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Take our French Language Level Test.

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Review our quote and, if you are happy with it, receive our invoice and Agreement form.

Sign our Agreement form and submit a deposit* for the course.

Receive confirmation from our team with your French tutor’s details.

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After the first lesson or two, our team will contact you to ensure you are happy with your trainer. If necessary, we will change the focus of the course to better suit your needs.
After finishing your course, we will send you a course attendance and completion certificate..
Our team will provide you with follow-up learning opportunities, including: self study material, language courses in French-speaking countries, and more advanced courses with Language Trainers.
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