The Best Cooking Classes in Chicago

Updated September 4, 2018

Sharpen Your Culinary Skills

Chicago is home to some of the best cooking classes! No matter what kind of food you're interested in, you're sure to find a class that will teach you everything you need to know to consider yourself an professional. 

One of the most noteworthy spots to mention is the Chopping Block. Food and drinks aren't the only classes offered at the Chopping Block, which covers the gamut of culinary skills for the non-professional chef. Whether you're into meat, mudbugs or knife skills, the Chopping Block has an array of hands on and demonstration classes at its River North shop in the Merchandise Mart as well as its Lincoln Square workshop. Most classes are BYOB, and kid-friendly or corporate team building events are also an option.

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Eataly Chicago has both food and beverage themed classes, including pasta making and wine exploration. Eataly isn't the only place you can take a cooking or wine class and then shop for groceries. Mariano's locations including, Bucktown and New City, hold sushi making classes, wine and paint nights, and other special events. Check with your Mariano's or their class schedule.

Baker and Nosh is not only a tasty cafe offering fine teas, La Colombe Coffee, and freshly squeezed juice drinks. Monday and Tuesday nights from 6-9pm they also host BYOB baking classes such as bread basics and croissant making - you may even use herbs from the garden for your recipes. Arami is a great place to try different Japanese whiskies, as well as an option for sushi making classes in Chicago. Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits hosts monthly BYOB pie-making classes.

Sur La Table is a great resource to check out to truly check off many items from your culinary class bucket-list. They offer many different classes ranging from "Knife Skills 101" to "Homemade Pasta Workshop" and literally everything else under the sun. You are sure to be inspired and have the best time at all of the classes they offer. 

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The Wooden Spoon is another spot in the city to check out. They offer several classes a week, make note that every Friday is "Couples' Cooking" where they will teach couples a new skill each week. Some of their upcoming "Couples' Cooking" classes include: "Couples' Cooking: Sushi and More," "Couples' Cooking: Bye-Bye Summer," and "Couples' Cooking with Comedy!"

Naveen's Cuisine has to be mentioned as they offer several classes each week that specialize in Indian and Thai food. These classes are BYOB and there is no corkage fee. Each course they offer goes into detail on instruction, recipes, ingredients and obviously, the final result.