We offer Cooking Classes open to the public on a variety of our favorite topics. Class size varies from 10 to 32 guests, and it’s a great place to cook with your friends and come to meet new ones. All our open classes are BYOB, so you can pair your meal with your favorite beverage.

International Dumplings

Hands-On Cooking Chicago, IL

Tibetan Momos, Chinese Shumai, Pot Stickers and Har Gow, Italian Gnocchi, Japanese Gyoza, American sweet and savory dumplings, Polish Perogis and Indian Samosas are a few of the variations of those delightful pieces of dough we call dumplings. Cultures from all over the world have been flavoring and wrapping foods in dough for thousands of years of cooking. Come join us to explore how this inexpensive, satisfying modular food can be used for simple meals as well as entertaining your friends. This multi-course international cooking menu may include Mexican Chicken Empanadas with Salsa Rojo, Indian Samosas with Mint and Cilantro Chutney, Thai Kanom Jeeb with Shrimp and Pork, and Traditional Chinese Potstickers.

BYOB - Glassware and ice provided.

Available Sessions

Monday, November 19 SOLD OUT
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

 Monday, March 4
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM


Cost per person: $75

Tamale Making

Multi-Course International Cooking Chicago, IL

Enjoy hands-on cooking to learn how to prepare traditional tamale masa, make both chicken and vegetarian fillings, and fill a dozen tamales exactly how you like them. Once the tamales are in the steamer, you will prepare three styles of salsas that will quickly find their way into your cooking repertoire. You will also learn the secret to making the perfect Mexican style rice and the meal will be rounded out with a crisp green salad alongside a cilantro citrus vinaigrette. You will make plenty of tamales to take home and enjoy after the class as well.

BYOB - Glassware and ice provided.

Available Sessions

Monday, December 3
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM



Cost per person: $75

Pasta Making Techniques 




Pasta Making Techniques
Ever wonder how good restaurants have such delicious, light pasta? The secret is fresh made! Roll up your sleeves and come join us for a hands-on class where you will make both a stuffed ravioli and hand cut pappardelle from scratch. Our signature vodka tomato sauce and a garden pesto are perfect compliments to both pastas.

After the cooking, enjoy the results of your newly acquired skill with a sit down pasta dinner and garden salad.

This class menu contains gluten, eggs and dairy.

This is one of our most popular classes and is perfect for a night out with friends and a great place to meet new ones.

BYOB - Glassware and ice provided.

Available Sessions

Saturday, January 12
11:00 AM - 2:00PM


Cost per person  $85


Alternative Sauces 10 in All

Cooking Chicago, IL

We constantly receive questions from home cooks about how to make sauces to complement everyday meals. We all have experienced how a particular condiment or sauce can transform a good dish into a really great, memorable one. But let’s face it, classic butter and cream based sauces popular on restaurant menus are great indulgences, but are not appropriate for regular, everyday healthy cooking. 

Join us and cook with friends in a hands-on cooking experience of alternatives to traditional sauces. Experience the fresh, clean taste of pestos, relishes, salsas, chutneys and vegetable coulees, all made without high saturated fats. Our focus will be on items that can be made quickly at home to complement simply prepared meats, fish and poultry, as well as their use in vegetarian dishes.

Dinner provided.

BYOB - Glassware and ice provided.

Available Sessions

Friday, February 1st
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Cost per person: $75

Sushi for Lovers


An evening with fresh raw fish can be more romantic and fun than you think.  Come join us and learn the basics of hand made sushi. In the first part of this event, you will receive hands-on instruction for both maki and nigiri sushi, before putting your newly acquired skills to use and creating a delicious spread  to enjoy with your partner. After the cooking session, you will sit down to a delicious candlelit dinner, featuring the fruits of your labor and some special treats prepared by your Chef instructors.  This class also includes an open bar of wine,  Japanese beer and soft drinks. This class is limited to 12 couples and sells out quickly, so don’t wait too long. 

Our Annual
Thursday, February 14, 2019  

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM  

Cost per couple: $250

-This class is exempt from all discount codes.
-Gift certificates can be applied with additional payment.

Mother's Day Brunch


Skip the lines this year and instead of going out to a crowded brunch, let Cooking Fools help make this Mother's Day unique. Join us for a hands-on brunch cooking event that will treat your Mom to a special one-of-a-kind experience. We will start with a refreshing and complimentary Mimosa toast, because there is no better way to honor our Mothers than having a drink before noon. You will then learn how to prepare Tortilla Espanol, our delicious Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage, Bacon Wrapped Egg Cups and more. Once you finish cooking, take off your aprons and sit down to a delicious Mother's Day Brunch!


BYOB. Bar set up will be provided.

Our Annual

Sunday, May 12th 2018  
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Cost per person: $75


To offer our classes, we need a minimum number of guests to sign up for each one. Sign up early, to help ensure the class will be taught as scheduled. All classes must be paid for in advance. Cancellations must be made at least 5 days prior to the class to receive credit towards a future class; no exceptions.

Cancellation Policy

Your registration is a commitment to attend the class. Class fees are non-refundable. Any changes must be made at least seven days prior to the class for a transfer to another available class. If you are unable to meet the cancellation deadline, you are welcome to send someone else in your place. Please be sure they have your reservation number. 

All classes are subject to cancellation or rescheduling by Cooking Fools. To get more information on booking your next private event, please contact the events office at 773.276.9377 or at


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