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Event Date : Saturday, May 10, 2014
Contact : Liz Utrup,

Lycée Français de Chicago to Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony for New $35 Million Lincoln Square Campus on Saturday, May 10 ; STL Architects to Release Final Plans

U.S. Ambassador to France François Delattre and 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar will join LFC community members and local residents in celebration

Chicago, IL – The Lycée Français de Chicago (LFC) will hold “Hard Hats and Willing Hearts,” a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate construction of the school’s new Lincoln Square campus from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. The event will coincide with the release of the final project plans by STL Architects (STL). Honorary guests scheduled to attend the ceremony include U.S. Ambassador to France François Delattre and 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar.

The approximately $35 million project is supported by nearly $7 million in investments from some 60 LFC families and a $25 million loan guarantee provided by the French national government. A public phase to raise remaining funds will launch in fall 2014. The official opening of the new campus, scheduled for fall 2015, will mark the LFC’s 20th anniversary as Chicago’s premier international school community.

Since the summer of 2012, LFC and STL have been working together with Chicago-based contractor Bulley & Andrews to build an innovative campus. The project plan includes a modern architectural design, internationally inspired décor, and light-filled spaces intended to encourage educational discovery and celebrate the LFC’s diverse community of around 500 families and 700 students representing nearly 40 nationalities. The LEED-certificated campus will span 3.8 acres with a private drive and centralized college-preparatory facility equipped to serve up to 800 students with 41 classrooms ; dedicated laboratories for art, science and music ; a cafeteria ; a gymnasium ; a library ; administrative offices ; two separate playgrounds ; a soccer field ; and ample green space for future growth as well as outdoor athletic activities.

Project information, including full plans, elevations, and renders will be made public at by Saturday, May 10 in conjunction with the event.

WHAT : LFC Groundbreaking Ceremony : “Hard Hats and Willing Hearts”

WHO : LFC President Alain Weber, Board of Trustees and Community Members
STL Architect Principals Luis Collado and Jose Luis de la Fuente
François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States
Ameya Pawar, 47th Ward Alderman

WHEN : 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014

WHERE : 1929 W. Wilson Ave (between Damen Ave. and Ravenswood Ave.)

Media may arrive starting at 11 a.m. CT for pre-set. A media riser and mult box for audio/video feed will be provided. The program is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. CT and conclude by 1 p.m. C.T. Remarks by principle guests and a ceremonial “first dig” will take place during the program.

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About The Lycée Français de Chicago
The Lycée Français (Lee-SAY Fran-SAY) de Chicago is a private, independent, international school that offers a world-class education from Pre-Kindergarten (age 3) through Grade 12, including two world-renowned high school programs - the French Baccalaureate and the International Baccalaureate. As one of nearly 500 schools worldwide, the Lycée offers international and local communities a rigorous dual-language curriculum grounded in the French educational system, and complemented by strong American programs. The Lycée was established in 1995 by a group of French and American parents with substantial backing from French businesses and the support of the Consul General of France in Chicago. Since 1995, the school has grown from less than 150 students to over 700 students and nearly 500 families who come from all over the city and the world to attend the Lycée. For more information, visit

About STL Architects
STL is an architecture and urban design firm founded in 1996 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. With projects in the US, Europe and Asia STL’s design work has been widely recognized for its design excellence has been published worldwide. The work of STL is very diverse ranging from master plans to small cultural centers, from large educational facilities to compact private schools. Projects such as the recently completed Back of the Yards Preparatory School and the Instituto Cervantes of Spain have solidified STL’s presence in Chicago’s architecture while the Master Plan for the University of East London and the Indore School in India have contributed to STL’s growing international appeal.

The firm, comprised of 20 international architects and designers, thrives in an open and communicative atmosphere which favors vibrant exchange of ideas and emphasizes interdisciplinary teamwork rather than personal expression.

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