Cooking Classes in Gage Park

BYOB Sausage-Making Class for 1, 2, or 4 at Westminster Hot Dog (Up to 53% Off)

Westminster Hot Dog

Chicago

$105 $55

In two-hour classes, small groups create four different kinds of sausages before leaving with 3 pounds of links

Gourmet-Cupcake-Decorating Class for One, Two, or Four at Learning Bar (Up to 62% Off)

Learning Bar

Multiple Locations

$60 $25

Students only need to bring a desire to munch cupcakes to this fun, social class where they'll learn to decorate gourmet cupcakes

Pasta-Making Class with Dinner for One or Two at Cooking Fools (Up to 49% Off)

Cooking Fools

Wicker Park

$168 $85

Instructors help pupils craft fresh, light pasta and sauces usually found at restaurants, then host an after-class feast of the spoils

$39 for a Two-Hour Coffee 101 Class at Ipsento Coffee House ($80 Value)

Ipsento Coffee House

Bucktown

$80 $39

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Hands-on class teaches proper methods of brewing coffee at home to make perfect cups every time; includes snacks and unlimited coffee

$22 for a Cooking Class for Ages 2-6 at Pied Piper Parties & Playschool ($35 Value)

Pied Piper Parties & Playschool

Lakeview

$35 $22

Youngsters aged 2-6 cook sweet or savory items, then taste them; class also includes story and playtime

60-Minute Cooking Class for One, Two, or Four at Just a Dash Catering (Up to 58% Off)

Just a Dash Catering

Highland

$65 $35

Small cooking classes teach hands-on skills in a convivial, intimate environment

Cooking Class for 1, 2, or 4, or Cooking or Team-Building Class for 10 at Cooking Skills Academy (Up to 53% Off)

Cooking Skills Academy

Design First Studio

$80 $39

More than 20 classes include 15-minute pasta dishes, cooking with wine, and parmesan-encrusted chicken; Iron Chef event aids team building

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During her rotations as a pastry chef in culinary school, Uzma Sharif caught the eye of her head chef by drizzling chocolate with the same technique she used to decorate hands with henna. “You’re going to be a great success with that someday,” he predicted. The roots of her talents as a chocolatier go back even deeper, however. In Pakistan, her pastry-chef grandfather was well known for his delicate pink macaroons, and her mother and seven aunts each inherited their father’s baking skills. In January 2011, Uzma followed in her family members' footsteps, founding her own shop to purvey her hand-crafted chocolate creations as Chocolat Uzma Sharif.

These confections brim with unexpected ingredients, such as candied rose petals, Kashmiri chai, and cardamom, or glow with floral colors, such as the pinks and blues on the ombre butterflies that are Uzma's current favorite. The chocolatier handpicks the ingredients that go into her sweet creations, choosing all-natural, organic options when possible. Focused on perfecting a small selection of goods, she makes her chocolates in small batches and packages them in eco-friendly boxes she’s designed herself.

During chocolate classes at her Pilsen kitchen, Uzma teaches students about the origins of raw chocolate and the science behind making a bar with the right sheen and snap. Uzma also shares methods for choosing good chocolate from store shelves, starting with deciphering the percentages on the label and asking it whether it’s been naughty or nice.

1823 South Halsted Street
Chicago,
IL
US

Like many people, Kenneth Geary had a childhood nickname. “Skinnie Piggy.” The moniker was bestowed upon him by his grandmother due to his large appetite and high metabolism. The name has stuck, as Kenneth and co-owner, Monica Rodriguez, have not only dubbed their sweets shop "Skinnie Piggy" but have also incorporated its meaning into the concept of the store. Executive chef Elizabeth McCabe handcrafts a daily menu of freshly-baked pies, poundcakes, and cupcakes, most of which come in Hog (huge), Skinnie (regular), and Piglet (mini) sizes, an innovation that gained praise from ABC7, Chicago Magazine, and Pop Sugar. Amid pink polka dotted walls decorated with local artwork, customers can dispense gourmet treats such as Jelly Belly’s from clear containers, and peruse more than 25 types of nostalgic candies, from Fun Dip to Zotz Fizz. The sweets boutique also caters special occasion parties and business meetings with confectionary bouquets and candy boxes.

1214 West Taylor Street
Chicago,
IL
US

Flip Crêpes got its start on the Chicago Farmers Markets circuit in 2003, slinging its warm and sweet or savory treats to steadily growing flocks of customers. Eventually, the company outgrew its humble beginnings and expanded to a location inside the Ogilvie Transportation Center, where customers stop in for the crowd-pleasing crepes alongside a burgeoning roster of sandwiches and paninis. Four distinct menus address any and all cravings the day might present, including selections that tackle breakfast munchies with eggs and bacon, a passion for the savory with toasted options, salad cravings with fresh and crisp selections, and sweet teeth with desserts chock-full of Nutella, strawberries, and dulce de leche. The tender crepes will only wrap their eggy arms around healthy, high-quality ingredients, so the chefs avoid high-fructose corn syrup and other undesirable foodstuffs.

2136 W Fulton St
Chicago,
IL
US

I Wish Lessons’ professionally guided classes convene in various venues throughout Chicago, Boston, DC, and Detroit, uniting and educating like-minded learners in vibrant social settings. The company’s hundreds of teachers have educated countless learners while introducing them to new friends and planning private events, including birthday parties and baby showers. Classes broach a multitude of engaging, lighthearted subjects, such as beer and bacon pairing, scotch tasting, cupcake decorating, and sushi rolling.

324 North Leavitt Street
Chicago,
IL
US

Signature service: Teaching decorating classes

Established: 2014

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

Pro Tip: Don't stress about your decorating skills?this isn't Cupcake Wars. Just come have a good time.

Q&A with Brittney, Owner

Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?

Being creative, trying new things, and meeting fellow cupcake lovers.

What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?

Wear comfortable (but cute) shoes, along with clothes that won't be too expensive to clean if they get covered in icing.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We cater and also offer birthday party classes for kids.

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Chicago,
IL
US

Most higher learning institutions have their specialties. Some draw lawyers, others physicists, and still more writers or performers. Kendall College, however, specializes in specializing. The College’s most renowned programs tend to focus on developing a suite of career-ready skills, whether one learns to cook in their School of Culinary Arts or to host in their School of Hospitality Management. Professional facilities cater to these unique programs, with 12 commercial teaching kitchens, including specialized chocolate and garde manger kitchens on campus. The school even runs a Michelin Guide-recommended fine-dining restaurant that’s open to the public, where students hone their culinary and hospitality skills in a real-world setting.

900 N North Branch St
Chicago,
IL
US