By Michelle Guilbeau

Cooking can be a form of relaxation or inspiration or a combination of both. Taking a cooking class is a great way to learn new techniques and gain valuable cooking tips while also spending time with other individuals who are also interested in increasing their knowledge in the culinary arena. The best part of taking a cooking class is the reward of eating the masterpiece that was created during class. Here you will find the five best cooking classes in Chicago.

The Chopping Block
4747 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 472-6700
www.thechoppingblock.com

Classes are designed for individuals who enjoying cooking at home, but have busy lifestyles.  There are different size classes for beginners up to intensive boot camps. Professional chef instructors will lead cooks on a culinary adventure that will be one to not disappoint. Check out the website for a large selection of classes offered.

Naveen’s Cuisine
2325 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 230-9320
www.naveenscuisine.com

Naveen’s Cuisine is an interactive atmosphere where the guests get very involved with the food prep and cooking. They specialize in Indian and Thai food, however other cuisines are offered as well. Vegetarian and Vegan cooking classes are also offered as well.  Class price packages available are: individual, 5 class package, cooking class and knife package, and group rates.

The Wooden Spoon
5047 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 293-3190
www.woodenspoonchicago.com

The Wooden Spoon has been in business since 2002 and offers a variety of educational and entertaining cooking classes. Individuals, couples, groups and corporate parties would equally enjoy this venue, it is a great place to kick back, relax and learn a new skill.  The Wooden Spoon also has a nice selection of cooking products, it is a go to place for novice and experienced cooks.

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Give Me Some Sugar
2205 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 281-3154
www.givesugar.com

Those who love sweet treats will definitely be thrilled with the sugar related cooking classes at Give Me Some Sugar. Depending on the class chosen, there are not only opportunities to learn how to cook sweet treats, but also to learn how to decorate those treats. Adult classes and kids classes are offered along with opportunities to host a party. Classes do fill up quickly so be sure to check the calendar on the website and plan accordingly.

Cook Au Vin
2256 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 489-3141
www.cook-au-vin.com

French fusion culinary classes, bread and pastry classes, after work cooking classes and classes for kids are offered at Cook Au Vin. Birthday parties, catering, Bachelorette parties and team building parties are available.  There is a currently a Class Package special offer going on, three classes for $199.

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