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.


Open Classes

International Dumplings


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. Come join us to explore how this inexpensive, satisfying modular food can be used for simple meals as well as entertaining your friends. Menu Items 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

Friday, August 4
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Cost per person: $75

Tamale Making


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 kitchen 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

Friday, August 25
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Cost per person: $75

Secondo Corso: Pasta Making

Time for the second course—of pasta making that is! Challenge yourself to new pasta techniques such as tortellini folds, and farfalle shapes in our follow-up, carnivore friendly, pasta class. Breeze through the dough making process and take on a couple of delicious sauces. The menu offers a turkey bolognese, and a light creamy lemon sauce. Relax after the cooking instruction and savor your hard-earned dinner with new friends and old.

BYOB - Glassware and ice provided.

Coming Soon Pasta Workshop $95
We think of pasta as as the vehicle for the sauce. This class will focus on various hand shaped pasta such as Cavatelli, & Garganelli. We will prepare a Chef's choice sauce such as Arrabiata, Garden Pesto, Alfredo, or my personal favorite slow cooked light Tomato Butter sauce. 

Pasta buffet will be served along with salad.
BYOB - Glassware and ice provided.



Last Chance for
    Second Corso Class


Coming This Fall
    Pasta Workshop $95

SUN 9/10
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Cost per person: $75 summer promo


Pizza Workshop


In Chicago, pizza is always a topic of conversation. Whether one likes a thin or thick crust, sausage or pepperoni, white or red sauce, can say a lot about a person. Join us for an interactive pizza making class where we’ll show you traditional kneading methods, the making of two types of crusts, and several sauces. Ponder the different sauce and topping combinations before making two of your own pizzas. Enjoy your customized creations with the group over a casual dinner following the cooking instruction.

BYOB - Glassware and ice provided.

Available Sessions

Friday, September 15
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

-Sorry but no discounts for this class.



Cost per person: $60

Alternative Sauces 10 in All


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 dining. 

Join us in a hands-on treatment 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 - Chicken, fish, pasta, roasted vegetables and salad. 

BYOB - Glassware and ice provided.

Available Sessions

Friday, September 29, 2017
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
Wednesday, February 14, 2018  

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Cost per couple: $225

-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 13th 2018
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Cost per person: $65


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 seven 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 info@cookingfools.net.


Hands-on Instruction
Practical Techniques • Tasty Food