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Q: Introductory Cooking Classes in Chicago ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Introductory Cooking Classes in Chicago
Category: Family and Home > Food and Cooking
Asked by: wcitypoe-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 25 May 2004 08:39 PDT
Expires: 24 Jun 2004 08:39 PDT
Question ID: 351675
I have very little cooking experience.  However, since my food intake
consists mostly of fast food, I have developed a weight problem.  I
think a solution might be to learn how to cook.

I am seeking to learn how to cook, in a non-credit, classroom
environment, perhaps one that might be offered through a local park
district or a college.  Optimally, it would be something oriented
towards a "teaching the Wild Grizzly North American Bachelor how to
cook" kind of class.

I am specifically not looking for a class that will teach me how to
cook a particular kind of food (i.e. "high cuisine," an Indian food
class, a Chinese food class, etc.).  I'm talking about a basic,
introductory course on how to stock a pantry, how to cook, etc. ...
something in a "home ec" kind of vein.  Book or videotape
recommendations are not desired.

I live in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois and only
have access to public transportation, so I would be preferably looking
for a class somewhere on Chicago's north side or in Evanston,
Illinois.  Classes in suburbs are useless to me, and classes on the
south side of Chicago would not be preferred, due to travel time.
Please, if possible, provide pricing, scheduling, and hyperlinks.
Subject: Re: Introductory Cooking Classes in Chicago
Answered By: scribe-ga on 25 May 2004 12:33 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Westcitypoe,
I don't know if you are familiar with the Chicago Tribune "Cooking
School Guide", published in August of last year. I found it to be very
useful in aswering your question. Here's the link (to view the Guide
you will probably have to register as a user of the Tribune site,
which can be done fast and easily, as I discovered):,1,6618190.story?coll=chi-leisuregoodeating-utl

The Guide's listing that seemed to me most suitable for you is the following:

Cook from Scratch: Bridget Weis-Urbain conducts classes in Chicago and
Oak Park area. Classes include simple knife skills, stock your
freezer, basic baking and cooking. Sessions in client's home
available. Also available: lunch-hour demonstrations, special events,
private lessons. $35-$75. 312-559-0052 or

I am a bit concered that neither of these locations may be close
enough for you, but I am hoping the the West Looo one might be easily
accessed from where you live. You will notice that Cook from Scratch,
like many others in the Guide, offer private lessons in your home.
It's something you might want to consider if you are willing to pay
more for the in-your-own-home convenience.

I found only one listing for Evanston in the Guide:
Julie Chernoff, 1837 Asbury Ave., Evanston. Classes explore "Get Back
in the Kitchen" in 2-hour demonstrations (some hands-on) followed by
lunch with wine. Themes include farmers markets, Southwestern flavors,
holiday side dishes. Fees: $45 for 1 class up to $160 for 4. Also
cooking class parties for adults and Kids Cook! classes and children's
cooking parties. $25 per child, 8 and older; $40 per child/parent
team. 847-864-5536.

But Cook from Scratch sounds more like what you're looking for, doesn't it?

Another you might want to consider is:
The Chopping Block, 1324 W. Webster Ave., offers classes for all
levels. Topics include knife skills, flavor dynamics, hands-on tapas.
Second location opening this fall in Lincoln Square. $50-$100;
773-472-6700 or

I also tried to survey local community colleges adult/continuing
education courses for an "Intro to Cooking" course, but I drew a
blank. However, you might try calling Kennedy-King College, which
operates the Washburne Culinary Institute. Perhaps they offer some
non-credit courses for persons such as yourselves. The main number for
the college is (773)602-5000. Ask for the Continuing Education office.

Bon appetit!
wcitypoe-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $4.00
You were very thorough, perusing sources that I had not even
contemplated.  I usually consider myself a pretty good Google
researcher on my own, but you did a great job with this one.  Very
much obliged.

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