A Great Way to Cook with Friends in Chicago, IL

Are you looking for a new and exciting way to bring your friends together? Want to break the ice with business partners or strengthen the bonds between coworkers? Join the Cooking Fools and craft great meals together. We invite you to cook with friends at our Chicago, IL, center. Here, your group can do away with the fine dining formalities and, instead, unwind and create something grand.

Cooking Fools opened in 2003, bringing fresh, globally influenced food to the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods. Today, we are an interactive, hands-on cooking event facility that takes advantage of our many years of catering and professional cooking. Our formula is simple: use quality ingredients, good techniques, and be flexible in creating the perfect custom experience for our clients.

Our events are all very hands-on because you’re here to participate! Each class is designed to be fun, casual, and informative. Here, you can cook with friends. Our staff of friendly, knowledgeable chefs will guide you and your party along your culinary journey. With our team and your group, we will craft an experience that will incite exciting memories. Our group cooking classes are the perfect occasion for:

• Corporate Team Building • Social Outings • Focus Group Meetings • Learning New Skills

About Our Events and Classes

From corporate mixers to casual get-togethers, we have a class or event waiting for your party. At our hands-on cooking facility, we provide everything you need to craft delicious dishes—no extra equipment or experience required! Simply show up, and we will take care of the rest. Our events include:

Corporate Events: From synergistic teambuilding exercises to fast-paced, Iron Chef-inspired competitions, our cooking center is your destination for bringing your organization closer. We’ll work with you to design a fully featured gathering that accommodates your goals, schedule, and budget.

Social Events: Cooking is a communal activity. Host your next party and celebrate major milestones with us. Our social events are great for birthdays, graduations, bachelorette parties, or a night out with friends.

Open Classes: Looking to expand your repertoire or want to surprise that special someone in your life? Join one of our open classes and discover something new! We host a variety of classes, such as pizza workshops or sessions where you can create sauces from scratch.

Inspired by the World and Ready for You to Discover

Cooking is always evolving. As a living art form and skill, it is important to remember that this field is a celebration of different cultures, each contributing to the colorful and vibrant tapestry of life. To that end, our hands-on cooking always has a globally informed perspective. We are inspired by cuisines from around the world and give you the power to realize them.

Imagine rustic-style dishes brimming with bold flavors, all created with fresh and healthy ingredients. Now, picture you and your friends preparing these rich recipes. Get in touch with your inner traveler and treat your friends to an enriching experience. Our international cuisine classes pair well with the diversity of your global corporate clients. In the past, we have taught guests how to prepare internationally inspired dumplings, tamales, and more.

Keeping Things Simple to Craft Rich Memories

We don’t think cooking has to be elaborate to be good. In fact, we feel the opposite. Cooking is a daily activity and keeping it less complicated allows us to include it in our busy lives. We like to keep a simple kitchen with basic tools, fewer gadgets, and a focus on crafting dishes by taste and intuition (not just following recipes). We love the science behind cooking because it helps us understand why flavors change throughout the cooking process the way they do.

As chefs, we support recent trends in eating. We are always experimenting with new vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free recipes. It keeps us thinking and provides fresh and exciting options for our clients. We invite you to come in for a class, expand your perspective, and celebrate what you and your friends can make.

Contact us to book your next hands-on cooking event. We are based in Chicago, IL,
and look forward to serving cooking enthusiasts and beginners alike.


7,000 square feet of urban loft space
Up to 120 guests