Your budding mini chefs can start learning to cook almost as soon as they learn to hold a fork! We've rounded up some great places for Chicago kids' cooking classes. From individual menu items to desserts to assistance with full on dinner-prep, start with this list and get your little culinary whiz cooking!
Taste Buds Kitchen
2521 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn
Kids develop new lifelong skills and families create lasting memories in the playground of the kitchen. Taste Buds Kitchen offers everything in their custom-designed kids' kitchen, from weekly family classes and monthly kids nights out to teen workshops and after-school semesters. Budding chefs ages 2 through teen will whip up culinary adventures as they develop the skills to chop, mix and swirl their way to a food masterpiece.
The Kids Table
Lakeview: 2864 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
Wicker Park: 2337 W. North Ave., Chicago
The Kids' Table is designed to promote good food and healthy eating in a kid- and environment- friendly space. Built to be safe, fun and functional, the storefront features work spaces, sinks and kitchen tools sized just right for kids. Recipes use only natural ingredients (no artificial colors or other additives), and whenever possible, feature local, organically grown produce.
The Chopping Block
4747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 107, Chicago
Kids classes provide an opportunity for budding chefs to get comfortable and have fun in the kitchen, working with recipes geared for their age group. The Kids' Program for kids age 7-11 teaches fundamental kitchen skills and explores new foods, while the Teens' Program for kids 12-16 lets kids experiment with simple yet sophisticated menus that they can recreate at home.
2622 N Halsted Street, Chicago
Oui Chef provides traditional (and fun!) culinary classes for children ages 18 months to 18 years.Owner and Chef Laura Ragano is classically trained and passionate about teaching kids the skills and techniques to become chefs in their own homes. Oui Chef is focused on small class sizes, individual work and individual attention. Each week, classes discuss a new topic and practice a new skill and recipe, building the student’s knowledge of the culinary world and inspiring them to become more conscientious eaters.
Give Me Some Sugar
2205 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago
Give Me Some Sugar hosts Cupcake Decorating for kids ages 8-12 on Fridays from 4-5. In this ongoing, every-Friday class, kids will learn basic decorating techniques, play some games and take home their creations. For the month of December, the theme changes for the holidays to Holiday Cookie decorating. Register online.
26W276 Geneva Road Unit A, Carol Stream
Assemble your own fresh meals to take home and cook! Entree Kitchen handles all the shopping, chopping, dicing, slicing and other necessary prep; you select from our 14 delicious monthly recipes and assemble them in our custom kitchen. Kids are always welcome to help parents! And, on one special Saturday per month, kids can join in for "Cook" with the Kids Day! Kids can help select and assemble meals, plus theu can take part in a kid-friendly activity such as decorating a cupcake or cookie, and decorating their own take-home chef's hat.
349 Ashland Ave., River Forest
Sugar Beet's mission is to get people excited about the joys of growing, cooking and sharing food together, collaborating with community partners and inviting people into "The Good Food Movement." Sugar Beet Schoolhouse inspires people to grow, eat and share and learn about good food. Kids can join for school's out fun, and this Fall kids can enjoy single-class Friday Baking, a "Soup's On" Cooking Class and Family Dinner, and a Garden Gnomes preschool class.