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IllinoisCooking Vacations, Foodie Tours, Culinary Getaways

While the official snack food of Illinois is “Popcorn”, don’t make the mistake of underestimating the Land of Lincoln’s remarkably diverse cuisine. For example, Chicago is rapidly becoming the epicenter of culinary innovation, and there are 193 vineyards and 70 wineries found within the state’s boundaries. Food and wine lovers will find that America’s Heartland plays host to an endless variety of delectable adventures and culinary experiences.
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— Illinois Cooking Schools —

312 Chicago
Chicago 312-696-2420
Learn to Bake like a Professional. Join 312 Chicago and Pastry Chef Allison Levitt for a wonderful series of interactive cooking classes. Our new series of pastry classes will focus each month on a different country/region and its classic desserts.
Baxter's Vinyards/Winery
Nauvoo 217-453-2528
Join us for great Friday evening dinner parties and Sunday afternoon workshops as Liz Clark guides you through hands-on preparation of some of the world's great dishes.
Cakewalk Chicago
Chicago 773-233-7335
Cakewalk Chicago offers wonderful classes that are great for get-togethers and gifts for co-workers, friends and family. Or give a gift certificate for supplies and classes and let them bake you some smiles!!!!
Calphalon Culinary Center
The Calphalon Culinary Center is available for corporate events and private parties. We offer Hands-On or Demonstration Cooking classes, Cocktail events, Wine Tastings, Meeting Space, and Formal, Banquet, or Buffet Dining for small groups.
Chefs On Call
Chicago 312-787-9451
All classes are conducted in the comfort of your own home and are designed so that you can easily reproduce each item after taking the class.
Chez Madelaine
Hinsdale 630-655-0355
Madelaine Bullwinkel teaches French cooking techniques at Chez Madelaine Cooking School, now in it's 30th year. She incorporates hands-on experience with the "why" and "how to" in her award-winning contemporary kitchen.
Cook from Scratch
Chicago 312-559-0052
"Our passion is to share the simple art of cooking from scratch.” You'll find that our classes are a great way to collect and create new recipes, try the techniques used, and learn in a relaxed atmosphere whether you've been cooking for years or never stepped foot in the kitchen.
Cooking Fools
Chicago 773-276-5565
Our scheduled cooking classes are a great way to meet others who share your interests. Each hands-on class is limited to 12 students, and includes a tasting in the kitchen and handouts, which can be used later as a helpful reference tool.
Cooking with the Best Chefs
Chicago 630.980.6800
Every class features a different chef and everyone who attends a class is given a sampling of each dish. Printed copies of the recipes are also provided to follow the chef's instructions and methods during the class.
Corner Cooks
Winnetka 847-441-0134
If you pass by our shop on a Tuesday evening, you’re likely to be very jealous -- inside are 8-20 people, gathered around our demonstration counter listening, tasting, asking, learning…enjoying.
Crave Cuisine
Chicago 312-925-2395
Customized classes are created for you and taught in your own kitchen or in a large demonstration kitchen in Evanston. You can choose to learn basic or intermediate skills. Choose to hands-on experience or just kick back and watch the chef create a meal for you to enjoy!
Dinner at Eight
Wilmette 847-251-8380
Our new class schedule offers a range of great original menus that can inspire us in our home cooking and entertaining. Saturday classes will provide "hands on" opportunities to hone your cooking skills.
Fig Catering
Chicago 773-793-1035
Hone your cooking skills. Maybe you have a favorite dish, but are clueless how to prepare it. Maybe you have cooking equipment that you don't even know how to use. Whatever level you're at, we can create a lesson that is fun and educational.
Flavour Cooking School
Forest Park 708-488-0808
Laugh, eat and share your passion for cooking with new friends. Our kitchen is warm, inviting, and above all, a comfortable place to build confidence for your own cooking successes.
Fuller's Second Floor
Hinsdale 630-323.7750
On “The Second Floor”, Fuller’s Home & Hardware features a demonstration kitchen, along with products for all your home needs. Please look through our selection of cooking demonstrations and enroll in a class. Enjoy delicious food and the atmosphere of our state of the art residential kitchen.
Gorton Community Center
Lake Forest 847-234-6060
Gorton offers cooking classes, on site and off site at local restaurants throughout the year. Join one of our celebrity chefs for an afternoon or evening of great cooking tips, great cooking, and great eating!
Kendall College
Chicago 312-752-2354
We're always stirring up something interesting at the Recreational Cooking School at Kendall College! We offer a cornucopia of practical, fun classes for every home cooking enthusiast.
Naveen’s Cuisine
Chicago 773-230-9320
Your experience at Rasoi will be interactive, hands-on, fun, while you learn about north Indian cooking, share cooking tips, experience cooking with Indian spices and eat a home cooked Indian meal.
Parties That Cook
Chicago 888-907-2665
Parties That Cook stages hands-on cooking parties for corporate and private groups in homes and rented kitchens in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Seattle and Portland. We believe the magic of creating a meal together inspires connection. Events focus on team building, client entertainment, conferences, networking and holiday celebrations.
Pied Piper
Chicago 773-472-8888
At Pied Piper, we have created cooking classes to stir up the imagination of little sprouts as young as 2 years old to the junior chef. Classes are designed to be hands-on and investigative.
Ranjana Indian Cooking Classes
Chicago 773-363-3684
Ranjana’s cooking classes are hands-on, informative, and interactive. Generally, each three-hour class includes a nine-course sit down dinner.
Someone's In The Kitchen
Libertyville, 847-816-9511
Someone’s In The Kitchen offers cooking demonstration and participation classes conducted by local area chefs. Come enjoy the food, learn a new kitchen secret, and take home great recipes.
Sur la Table
Chicago 312-337-0600
Sur La Table's cooking programs provide the opportunity for you to become a celebrity in your own kitchen. Instructors include each region's best known as well as internationally renowned chefs willing to share their secrets.
Sur la Table
Naperville 630-428-1110
Sur La Table's cooking programs provide the opportunity for you to become a celebrity in your own kitchen. Instructors include each region's best known as well as internationally renowned chefs willing to share their secrets.
The Chopping Block
Chicago 773-472-6700
The Chopping Block Cooking School, with two locations in Chicago, offers daily hands-on and demonstration cooking classes for the home cook. Our classes are intimate and interactive, and subjects change monthly.
The Rustic Kitchen
Chicago 773-935-4239
The Rustic Kitchen cooking school emphasizes stylish casual entertaining. Our classes ensure dinner party success every time, without the stress and exhaustion that novice cooks feel when they entertain.
The Signature Room at the 95th
Chicago 312-280-0472
Join Executive Chef Michael Pivoney as he demonstrates the techniques needed to create the perfect brunch, gourmet dinner and cocktail reception.
The Wooden Spoon
Chicago 773-293-3190
The heart of The Wooden Spoon is the state-of-the-art kitchen. Custom-designed with Viking appliances and a unique oval countertop to create a comfortable setting for our cooking school or the perfect backdrop for your next party!
Two Kitchens
Naperville 630-717-9630
Two Kitchens is a complete cooking school featuring the latest Viking products. Our classes range from basic skills such as sautéing or roasting to sophisticated offerings like wine and food pairing and international cuisines.
Weber Grill Restaurant
Schaumburg 847-413-1277
Want to learn some grilling tips from our experts? Attend our indoor cooking classes year-round. The demonstration-style, indoor classes last approximately 3 hours. Classes begin at 9am and are always scheduled on Saturdays.

Taste What's Happening!

Naperville Ribfest

7/2/2015 - 7/5/2015
Ribfest recruits 16 of the country's best rib vendors to cook in a nationally recognized BBQ contest. Major music acts as well as community talent.

Windy City RibFest in Uptown

7/3/2015 - 7/5/2015
Finger lickin' slabs from some of the best local and national ribbers will be in the spotlight

Taste of Chicago

7/8/2015 - 7/12/2015
Taste of Chicago is the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community.

Taste of Park Ridge

Park Ridge
7/9/2015 - 7/11/2015
Featuring local restaurants selling their specialties and free entertainment each night.

Downtown BACON Throwdown & Music Fest

7/10/2015 - 7/11/2015
Features 20 restaurants presenting a variety of bacon menu items, plus ethnic, classic, and eclectic cuisine, multiple live bands.

Square Roots Craft Brew & Music Experience

7/10/2015 - 7/12/2015
We have musical acts for every taste, eclectic fare from local restaurants and selections from the best regional craft breweries.

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

7/11/2015 - 7/12/2015
Tantalizing and mouth-watering burgers from some of Chicago's finest restaurants PLUS a fantastic music lineup

Mattoon Bagelfest

7/14/2015 - 7/18/2015
Home of Lenders Bagels - world's largest free bagel breakfast, bagel contests, entertainment and more.

Annual Sweetcorn Festival

7/17/2015 - 7/19/2015
Live Music, Tour de Corn Bike Ride, Soccer Tournament, Illinois Championship Cow Chip Throw, and Free Harmonicas & Lessons.

Chicago Craft Beer Festival

7/18/2015 - 7/19/2015
Celebrate microbrews from both the Midwest and throughout the entire U.S.

Taste of Galesburg

Sample food from numerous area restaurants and vote for your favorites; enjoy live entertainment & beer garden.

Morton BBQ Throwdown

7/24/2015 - 7/25/2015
BBQ Throwdown is a KCBS sanctioned competition, featuring food vendors, a beer garden, craft show, kids activities, and top notch entertainment.

Sugar Grove Corn Boil

Sugar Grove
7/24/2015 - 7/26/2015
Fireworks, 5K run/walk, medallion hunt, kids zone, car show, and Corn Boil Cooking Challenge!

Puerto Rican Heritage Festival

7/25/2015 - 7/26/2015
A celebration of Puerto Rican heritage with traditional Puerto Rican & modern music, authentic foods.

Taste of Lincoln Avenue

7/25/2015 - 7/26/2015
This iconic event boasts four music stages, food, the Lill Street Craft Fair and lots more!

Taste of Latin America

8/1/2015 - 8/2/2015
A gala celebration all things Central and South American! Eclectic international cuisine, live music, arts & crafts and much more

Mendota Sweet Corn Festival

8/6/2015 - 8/9/2015
Nearly 50 tons of sweet corn. Musical entertainment; Crafters Market Place; Queen Pageant, beer garden with live bands, grand parade and a carnival

Serb Fest

8/7/2015 - 8/9/2015
Enjoy live music, sample bbq lamb/pig hot off the spit, indulge in homemade strudels, crepes, and donuts.

Cobden Peach Festival

8/7/2015 - 8/8/2015
Celebrate the area's peach harvest with a parade, carnival, pageant, 5k run/walk, homemade peach desserts, and lots of fresh peaches!

Chicago Hot Dog Fest

8/7/2015 - 8/9/2015
'Frankly' speaking, Chicago Hot Dog Fest is a guaranteed 'wiener'!
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