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Where to find kids’ cooking classes in Chicago

Spatulas at the ready! A culinary quest awaits your youngsters.

Morgan Olsen
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Morgan Olsen
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Let’s face it: It’s not likely that your kids will prepare a gourmet dinner for you anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t enjoy helping out around the kitchen. Whether your little ones want to decorate cupcakes or learn how to make fresh pasta, there’s something for every budding chef—you just have to know where to look. Here’s where you can find kid-approved culinary classes around Chicago.

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Get schooled

Start with the obvious and check out one of Chicago’s numerous cooking schools. Most offer a variety of courses for youngsters, teens and families. The biggest draw is flexibility; stand-alone programs often allow students to take one-off classes or sign up for weeks-long camps. Each institution has a different focus, too, making it easy to find the right fit for your family. The Kids’ Table, for instance, touts an emphasis on healthy cooking and international fare. In Lincoln Park, the curriculum at Oui Chef revolves around allowing minichefs to complete simple recipes alongside an adult, ideal for bringing those new skills home.

Common ground

For parents who want something familiar, consider your favorite grocery store, specialty market or bakery. Italian supercenter Eataly hosts hands-on classes that teach children how to create handmade pasta, focaccia, pizza and chocolates. For kids who love dessert, Give Me Some Sugar is the place to go for cooking, baking and cupcake decorating. Even some Whole Foods locations boast specialized classes and camps for young’uns ages 6 and up.

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Party animals

Of course, you don’t need an excuse to get the little ones in the kitchen, but birthday celebrations are as good a time as any to do something different and delicious. Oui Chef has a theme for every taste, including a Mac and Cheese Extravaganza and the Grilled Cheese Experience. Or book your festivities at the Chopping Block, with two locations in Chicago, where kids make a meal together while learning about ingredients and kitchen safety. The best part: Most parties end with a sweet treat.

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