Cooking Classes in Illinois

Cooking Demo Dinner for One or Two at TNT Smokehouse and Provisions (Up to 53% Off). Two Options Available.

TNT Smokehouse and Provisions

Elgin

Chefs provide hands-on cooking demonstrations, educating guests on wine pairings or how to break down a whole chicken

$90 $45

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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

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

$80 $39

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

Pied Piper Parties & Playschool

Lakeview

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

$35 $22

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

Learning Bar

Multiple Locations

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

$60 $25

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

Learning Bar

Multiple Locations

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

$60 $25

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

Ipsento Coffee House

Bucktown

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

$80 $39

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

Cooking Fools

Wicker Park

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

$168 $85

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

Westminster Hot Dog

Chicago

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

$105 $55

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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

Before they were moms with six children between them, Simply Homemade owners Cindy and Stephanie were food-industry professionals, studying nutrition and food-product development. Now, they've combined both experiences to create a company that supplies healthy, handcrafted meals to busy families. Working off of a monthly menu of 22 entrees, the duo whips up mouthwatering pastas, burgers, and kebabs chock-full of whole grains, hand-trimmed chicken, and natural beef from Heartland Meats. Then, they either preassemble meals for customers to pick up or set up ingredients for customers to assemble themselves onsite. The latter option, which takes about two hours, makes it easier for customers to tailor dinners to a child's love of mushrooms or a dog's disdain for cilantro.

5024 Ace Ln
Naperville,
IL
US

Most Popular Service: Cooking classes and catering

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Established: 2014

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

Brands Used: Local meats and produce

1544 Fleetwood Drive
Elgin,
IL
US

40 years ago, the initials heading C&D Towing stood for the Cicero & Devon Texaco gas and service station, founded by brothers Val and Joe Strumberger. Today they've come to stand for "Capable and Dependable," the values carried by the tow truck drivers who rescue cars and trucks of all sizes from a future spent trying fruitlessly to hitch a ride from passing semis. Along with gently rolling vehicles onto a fleet of handsome red trucks, C&D's technicians can protect and resuscitate them with services including jumpstarts, tire changes, seasonal safety checks, and electrical work.

210 E Grove St
Arlington Heights,
IL
US

The Chicago area's oldest school for home cooks & bakers, with multiple locations. Cooking with the Best Chefs also offers restaurant tours, wine dinners, mushroom hunts, monthly dinner club, day trips & culinary events. Demonstration & hands-on classes are taught by professional chefs. Many variety of dishes are taught.

180 North Smith Street
Palatine,
IL
US

The Academy's sage chefs coach aspiring cooks ages 4 to 14 through recipes that rotate weekly, covering entrees, sides, desserts, and a host of preparation and presentation techniques. Divided into KinderCooks classes for ages 4–6 (age 3 permitted with adult supervision) and Junior Chefs sessions for ages 7–14, each 90-minute lesson teaches kitchen safety and etiquette before burners are fired up, reminding kids to respect hot or sharp objects, each other, and the last will and testament of broccoli stalks. Students summon two dishes per session from various ingredients, with time set aside to taste their handiwork at the end. Offerings are seasonally themed around available ingredients and upcoming holidays, with September featuring a recipe for Roly Poly stromboli and October pairing jack-o-lantern quesadillas with sinister salsa and Halloween candy pie, which can be offered as a mask to one's least favorite friend.

2825 Pfingsten Road
Glenview,
IL
US