Cooking Classes, Baking Lessons, and Foodie Fun for Kids

Cooking is many things: a life skill, a real-time science experiment, a creative outlet, and — in the right atmosphere — a whole lot of fun. While involving our kids in dinner prep is a great goal, it’s not always possible . . . especially when it’s 6:00 p.m. and everyone’s hangry. At a cooking class, kids get the chance to create in a more relaxed environment. So lace up those aprons, wash your hands, and find a fun kids’ or family cooking class near you!

Cooking Classes for Kids in Chicagoland

The Wilton School
7511 Lemont Road
Darien, IL 60561
(630) 810-2888
Cake decorating classes for kids ages 10+.

Marcel’s Culinary Experience
490 North Main Street
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
(630) 790-8500
Class offerings for little to big kids, with signup directly on their website. They boast a team of passionate chefs and a very welcoming atmosphere. You will also find a cute shop and food market on site.

Nourished Table and Home
111 S. Vine Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Kids and teens learn how to prepare healthy meals for themselves with these hands-on cooking classes for ages 7–10 or 11–14. Check out the class schedule.

The North American Pizza and Culinary Academy
1970 University Lane
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 395-9958
Classes for kids starting at 8 years old.

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Farmhouse Academy
8940 West 142nd Street, Unit L
Mokena, IL 60448
(708) 465-4484
Nut-free cooking classes for kids from 2 to 17 years old (as well as classes for adults). Online registration; see the full schedule.

Sur La Table
55 South Main Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 428-1086
Look for the Family Fun classes are listed on their calendar. Pricing is per person and classes last around 2 to 2½ hours. They offer tastings of the dishes prepared, along with a 10% discount on purchases made in the store on the day of the class.

Cheney Mansion
220 North Euclid Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 725-2500
The Oak Park Park District offers several programs through Cheney Mansion each year, most notably the Kids Cook! series, which utilizes the Mansion’s catering kitchen and professional chefs to teach kids aged 8–12 kitchen skills and menus. Kids can explore a variety of cuisines, from Japanese to Mexican to Thai. Register via the Oak Park Park District.

Williams Sonoma

Oak Brook Location:
142 Oak Brook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 571-2702

Naperville Location:
9 West Jackson Ave
NapervilleIL 60540
(630) 369-4167

Orland Square Location:
326 Orland Square
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 226-0672

Kids learn culinary skills with plenty of tasting along the way at Junior Chef classes. Many classes include a gift, such as a kids’ cookbook or set of cookie cutters. Be sure to call the store to sign up in, as these classes fill up fast!

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The Kitchen Table
907 Wild Ginger Trail
West Chicago IL 60185

Standard Market
333 East Ogden Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 366-7030
Check their calendar for various kid-focused cooking and food events, as well as kids camps in the summer. Please note that the Naperville location is permanently closed.

Kidinary Academy
Traveling classes and camps, based out of Plainfield.

Cooking Classes for Kids in Chicago

The Chopping Block
4747 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 472-6700
Classes, camps, and parties for tots, kids, and teens teach fundamental cooking techniques and kitchen safety. They also offer “Family Night” classes, which encourage the whole family to work together and discover new recipes.

The Kids’ Table
2337 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 235-2665
The Kids’ Table is a unique cooking school in Chicago offering hands-on classes and events for tots, kids, teens and families. They offer classes for babies as young as 18 months, all the way up to teen classes for kids 11–16.

Meal Prep with Kids

Entree Kitchen
26W276 Geneva Road
Carol Stream, IL 60188
(630) 668-4550
Kids are invited to “cook” alongside their parents in a custom kitchen, helping get a month’s worth of freezer meals prepped within a two-hour time frame. Kids tend to enjoy meals they helped choose and prepare! Entree Kitchen provides a cupcake or cookie for little chefs to decorate. Menu options change monthly.

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The Dinner Club
26 South LaGrange Road
LaGrange, IL
(708) 579-3433
Meal assembly kitchen where kids are welcome to join their parents in prepping meals to take home and make or freeze for a later date. They also offer summer Kids in the Kitchen sessions.

You’ll find more activities for curious kids on our classes page

About the Author

Rachel Matuch
Rachel is a mom to two boys (ages 2 and 4) who "certainly has her hands full," as strangers in grocery stores tell her. She's doing her best to keep up and get comfortable with the mud pies and tree-climbing her kids love. In addition to writing and editing, Rachel frequently pillages the Naperville library, plays nerdy board games with her husband, and collapses into a tired heap at 8:30 p.m.

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