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 FACC-Chicago                                                                                            Summer Edition 2014
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2. FACC Activity

Passport to France, November 20th
Save the Date

Professionals Networking Event, July 16th, 2014

Third Golf Outing September 29

Women for Women Committee

Meet Guapa, One of our French Innovation Week Marche Vendor



Home prices rising in Chicago, suburbs

Illinois Medical District chooses builder for $300 million hotel project 


Illinois near bottom in job growth since recession

Ouch!: Chicago firms take a productivity hit due to World Cup fever


Quinn signs measure to borrow $1.1 billion for construction

Rauner speaks out against limits on ride-sharing industry



WBC's 2013 annual report.


Boeing 787 maintains fuel efficiency lead over Airbus A330neo: roundup  



Philanthropist Ann Lurie to leave Chicago for Wyoming

Energy BBDO Chicago and Rosetta Stone get serious about learning a (second) language

4.Event & Ads

Hot August Nights

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Chicago French Market

Wine and Gastronomy Tour de France

Job opening

Welcome to our

New Members!


Royal Canin US. 
Tawna Agee-Hanslick

CHD Expert Americas INC
Paul Hagege

Davidoff Communications
Jacki Davidoff

Material Converting 
Ned Zolinski 

Eurogerm  USA Inc. 
Sébastien Jollet

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Monthly Members Luncheon 

Professionals Networking with GACC Midwest, 
Monday September 29th 

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Dear Members and Friends,

With the summer months, comes the time to truly enjoy the treasures of our Beautiful city: endless street fairs, fresh markets, dining out...side, rooftops, biking to ... Boat cruises (with ITAGC on August 6!)

And starting Passport to France mania....  


Of course this year will be a very special edition: 1984-2014!! Can you believe it has already been 30 years?


It feels so good to have been able to keep watching our event grow in size and quality every year: Thanks to all of you for making it what it is today!


I can already tell you, it promises to be spectacular: new modern graphics for the event  

(see the below Save-the-date), Brindille was the first restaurant to confirm its participation followed by Vanille Patisserie, VIE/Perennial and Bistronomic.  


On the beverage side, the spirits Lounge is back En force withHeavenly Spirits, Cognac Ferrand and more to come. Our Corsican chestnut flavored beer will be there too (Merci St Killian Importing), Boisset Magnificent wines will be returning, as well as our friend Dave from H2Vino and, bien sur, (it would not be Passport to France without it) the Beaujolais Nouveau from W.J Deutsch.


New Comers will include Tête Charcuterie, Le Pain Quotidien and much more!


I invite you to follow our progress on our New Passport to France Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Passport2FranceChicago  


But we are not yet in November fortunately, (November 20 to be precise...), so let's enjoy our summer and the Special Dassault Système guests that our President will be welcoming in person at our August Sofitel (Terrasse...) Monthly Members Luncheon on Tuesday August 12.


The Professionals Networking will once more profit from The Ivy Boutique Hotel Rooftop on Wednesday August 20 and...


We are still talking about it.... our Golf Tournament is set to take place on September 29 to give our FACC Members and friends: the exclusive opportunity to play a course awarded the honor of hosting the prestigious Illinois PGA! Join us for a "Journèe à la Campagne"! Register here


Until La Rentrèe... I wish you all to be well and profit from the city whenever you can and, if you do go and take a few days off,


Bonnes Vacances!


Bien amicalement,


Emmanuèle van Houdenhoven

FACC2.FACC Activity

Ivy Sky Terrace Lake View Ivy Sky Terrace Skyline View


August 20th,2014


The Ivy Sky Terrace

Ivy Boutique Hotel - 16th Floor

233 East Ontario Street

Chicago, IL    


$10 for Members  


FACC-Chicago, DAC, GACC Midwest, BABC,IACC  


$20 for Non-Members

*admission includes appetizers*







W4W Red and Blue    

In 2011, the FACC Chicago created W4W, ("Women for Women") the Executive Women's Committee.  The mission of W4W is to create a strong network, aimed at sponsorship and active support for women to help open doors to growth opportunities and counsel women through career peaks and valleys. 

In 2013, FACC Chicago W4W organized a breakfast seminar about Best Practices for gender compositions on Corporate Boards in France and the United States.  W4W is currently developing another informative event. 

The second mission of the FACC Chicago W4W is its ongoing mentorship program aimed at professional women in need of assistance with their career advancement whether they have recently relocated to Chicago, are rejoining the workforce after a break or are relocating to France from Chicago. To further this second prong of the mission, the WMW Committee ("Women Mentoring Women") was created.  
WMW pairs a candidate with one of the volunteer mentors to provide guidance on networking, identifying opportunities and understanding cultural differences.

The program is free for FACC members but application is required. For more information, please click go to http://www.facc-chicago.com/about-us/committees/.

If you are interested in beeing a Mentor please click here, if you would like to be a Mentee please download  form here.   




I've always had an eye for unique and eccentric fashion. Ever since I was a child, I was attracted to beauty and color and early on developed a knack for finding great out-of-the-ordinary accessories--and the more unusual the better as far as I was concerned.


I am originally from France and Spain and I moved to the US six years ago and adopting Chicago as my city (including the winter!)




Guapa is a term we often use in Spain when we speak to friends ('Hey, Guapa!" or "How's it going, Guapa?" ) It's a term of endearment but it also acknowledges the uniqueness in every woman. It could be her hairstyle, her smile, her freckles or a special piece of clothing that she wears that is her trademark and what people will remember most about her. Guapa is simply how a woman's style makes her special!


I'm simply inspired by all women who celebrate their own feminine beauty and style. They like unique fashion and enjoy finding special gifts for their friends! So naturally, when I decided to go into my own styling and jewelry business, I decided to call it Guapa!






I usually go to Europe to out-of-the-way markets and tradeshows--meeting suppliers and getting to know where to find the best and latest accessories.

I have around fifteen different designers each season. . I usually work 2 or 3 seasons then I changed them in order to have great style diversity.

Also, I collaborate with designers and artists to create more specific designs that I know people will love. Since the designs are exclusive, you'll never see these anywhere else in the US.

My prices ranges are very affordable allowing customers to buy from different collections.




With Guapa you'll find pieces for yourself and your friends that are witty, conversational and cannot be found anywhere in the US. After shopping and being styled by me, you'll feel Guapa!


How was your experience at the French Market during the French Innovation Week ?


I was not sure how my pieces will work at the Chicago French Market but it was a success. People were really interested in the unique style and affordable price I presented. I had customers who bought pieces almost everyday in their way back home. I changed the collections every morning showing different designers and bringing the opportunity to people visiting the French Innovation Week to see each time something new. I will definitively recommend this event for the future.


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3.IllinoisIllinois Economic Breaking News


Home prices rising in Chicago, suburbs

by Suntimes

July 22th

Home prices are rising in Chicago and the suburbs even as sales lag the rest of the Midwest and the nation.

The median home price in Chicago surged 8.9 percent in June to $275,000 compared with June 2013. Sales rose 1.2 percent, the Illinois Association of Realtors reported Tuesday.

The metro area's media home price rose 7.3 percent to $220,000 last month while sales decreased 1.2 percent. And statewide, the median price rose 5.8 percent as sales were essentially flat, rising just 0.1 percent compared with June 2013.


"After several months of declining annual sales, it's great to see home sales come roaring back," said Phil Chiles, president of the Illinois Association of Realtors "Increasing prices and sales point to an improving economic situation and a strengthening real estate market."

Illinois Medical District chooses builder for $300 million hotel project

By Crains

July 16th

The Illinois Medical District Commission has tapped a team that includes developer Jack Higgins to build a $300 million mixed-use development on the Near West Side, about eight months after its first effort to enlist the prolific developer fell apart over his tax obligations.

In a unanimous vote this afternoon, the seven-member commission authorized its staff to sign a deal with IMD Gateway Partners LLC to build IMD Gateway, a nod to the northern entrance of the medical district at 2020 W. Ogden Ave.

In addition to Mr. Higgins' Higgins Development Partners LLC, the IMD Gateway Partners group includes East Lake Development Corp., which is headed by longtime Chicago developer Elzie Higginbottom; Thomas Samuels Enterprises; and Isiah Real Estate LLC, which is headed by former NBA star and West Side native Isiah Thomas.


Illinois near bottom in job growth since recession

by Crains
July 18th

(AP) - Illinois ranks near the bottom of the U.S. in job creation since the Great Recession officially ended, according to government data.

Among the 50 states and Washington, Illinois ranks 42nd, with 5.81 million jobs in June 2014, up 3 percent from 5.64 million in June 2009, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Neighboring Indiana ranks eighth, with growth of 7.8 percent, to about 3 million jobs in June, up from 2.8 million in June 2009.

Since June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs, a growth rate of 6 percent. But the gains haven't been spread evenly across the country. 
Some states have boomed. Others have struggled to add jobs. 
Ouch!: Chicago firms take a productivity hit due to World Cup fever

by Biz Journals
July 15th

I bet you thought the 2014 World Cup was over and done with after Germany clinched the championship on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro?


That's when SmartAsset, a three-year-old New York-based personal financial advice website, went to work to calculate what kind of financial hit companies took in eight American cities and in countries worldwide due to employee productivity loss brought on by World Cup fever - a fever that appears to have infected so many American workers over the course of the nearly month-long soccer extravaganza.

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Quinn signs measure to borrow $1.1 billion for construction 
By Chicago tribune

July 22th

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation today to allow the state to borrow $1.1 billion to extend a statewide construction program.

The four-year road and bridge plan piggybacks off of an existing building program that's wrapping up. The construction spending will be paid for through money raised by the 2009 legalization of video gambling at bars and truck stops as well as increased drivers fees and taxes on candy, liquor, soda and beauty products.

The measure was supported in the waning days of the spring session by Democrats and Republicans, as both parties will benefit from a summer of ribbon cutting ceremonies ahead of the Nov. 4 election.


Rauner speaks out against limits on ride-sharing industry

By Chicago Tribune


July 22th

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner on Tuesday urged Gov. Pat Quinn to veto a bill that would provide oversight of the largely unregulated industry of ride-sharing, including requiring drivers to have commercial insurance and possibly a chauffeur's license.

On July 14, the Illinois House sent Bill 4075 to the governor, according to the Web site of the Illinois General Assembly. Quinn's office didn't provide an immediate comment early Tuesday afternoon on whether Quinn would sign the bill.

Rauner said regulations on the ride-sharing industry, including such companies as Uber, should be "relatively limited."

"We need less business regulation in Illinois, not more," the former private equity firm executive said.  



WBC's 2013 annual report highlights initiatives stemming from the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs to strengthen this city's neighborhoods, and build upon its global reputation.



Chicago has one of the world's largest and most diversified economies with $530 billion in annual output, and a tremendous talent pipeline. Additionally, Chicago is home to more than 400 major corporate headquarters including 29 Fortune 500 headquarters, 300 corporate R&D facilities, two of the top universities in the world, and 96 Nobel Prize winners.  


Across the city, neighborhood businesses are thriving, with more than 1.1 million Chicagoans potentially benefitting from increased access to capital, business services and mentoring support since the Plan launched.



Boeing 787 maintains fuel efficiency lead over Airbus A330neo: roundup 

by Bi
z Journals 
July 22th 

Boeing's 787 will keep a lead in fuel burn over Airbus' new A330neo ... but just barely. That's the conclusion from an early analysis done by aerospace analyst and Leeham LLC President Scott Hamilton, just a week after Airbus launched its long-expected re-engined A330neo at the Farnborough Air Show outside London. -- Steve Wilhelm of the Puget Sound Business Journal

Chicago-based Boeing (NYSE: BA) has operations around the country. Here are other recent stories reported by The Business Journals 

Philanthropist Ann Lurie to leave Chicago for Wyoming

by crains

July 21th

Ann Lurie is selling her two Chicago residences so she can live in the shadow of the Teton Mountains. Wyoming is attractive, Ms. Lurie says, because it reminds her of "the peace and tranquility" of Africa, where she worked for years overseeing an infectious disease clinic she founded in Kenya. Ms. Lurie, 69, says moving to a large home in Jackson Hole will allow her space to host her...
Energy BBDO Chicago and Rosetta Stone get serious about learning a (second) language

by bizjournals

July  22th

Energy BBDO Chicago Chief Creative Officer Mark Taylor has been playing it pretty quiet since he arrived at the ad shop nearly four months ago. In the early going, he has preferred to let the work slowly coming out of his creative department do the talking for him.

And so it is.

One of the first campaigns to bear Taylor's imprimatur is for Rosetta Stone (NYSE: RST), an Arlington, VA.-based software company that for the past 22 years primarily has been known primarily as a developer of foreign language learning tools - tools that were first issued in the form of CDs, but have more recently evolved into various software offerings.

4. AdsEvents and Ads

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
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 On Thursday, September 4th from 6:30 until 9:00 p.m. at the modern Gold Coast bistro Bistronomic, Head Chef Jérôme Bacle in collaboration with Executive Chef/Owner Martial Noguier will present a special evening called "TWO," which celebrates delicious French food and wine all at a good value.
Both French chefs will create one course using seasonal ingredients fresh from the Green City Market that will pair with a glass of French wine that they have selected. The two-course meal carefully paired with two glasses wine is $59 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.

For reservations, please email bistronomic@hotmail.com and include your name, telephone number, and the number of guests your the party.

Wine and Gastronomy Tour of France

May 17 - May 23, 2015
(during the College spring/summer break)

Only 4 seats remain!  Register soon!

Comments from former participants:

"I loved every minute."

"The high quality of instruction coupled with the variety of experience enabled me to much better appreciate the context of food and wine in French culture."

"Great education in wine paired with marvelous food."

"Every day was filled with new learning experiences."

"This class was extraordinary in its depth.  I learned about French history, geography, agriculture, government, language, and politics - all in one week!"

Enjoy the sights and flavors of France, including
day trips to Burgundy, Beaujolais, and the Roannaise regions.  

Stay in a charming 19th Century French country house and learn about the major French wine-producing regions through classes, tastings, lunches with winemakers, and vineyard & cellar tours. Visit markets, gourmet restaurants, and patisseries specializing in regional delicacies.

  This field experience takes place Sunday, May 17 - Saturday, May 23, 2015.  A fee of approximately $2,595.00 (depending on currency fluctuations) includes land transportation, lodging, tastings and meals.  Airfare and tips are not included.  
Group will meet in Lyon for ground transportation to the Villa Beaulieu.  
Tuition for three credit hours is extra.

 For more information,
call Chris Thielman at
630 942-2720
or e-mail at thielman@cod.edu

Because travelers must purchase tickets or redeem their frequent flyer miles for their own airfare, it is possible to extend your stay in France either before or after the trip!

 For more information and for any questions about this publication or our organization, or to be added or removed from our mailing list, please contact us.

French-American Chamber of Commerce Chicago Chapter
Phone: 312-578-0444 · Fax: 312-578-0445
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