Our Community Cooking School provides a friendly, and affordable, learning environment for cooks of all levels. And most classes end with a meal with (new) friends at the community table.

Fearless in the Kitchen

Studies indicate that upwards of 70% of all meals eaten in the United States are prepackaged. The art of home cooking, like food gardening, is quickly slipping through our grasp.

We’re changing that.

The Community Cooking School is where plot meets plate. Our vision is a community where everyone can cook for themselves and where everyone is welcome at the table. We engage neighbors, family members, elders, youth, chefs, farmers, entrepreneurs, and others dedicated to sharing the valuable skill of home cooking. Much more than nutrition, home cooking celebrates culture, history, family, and community.

A variety of programs for all experience and income levels are available year-round. Every class ends with a meal around our table, because eating together is as important as what’s on the plate.

Join us in the kitchen to learn a skill that will influence your life, and the lives of others, for years to come.

What people are saying about the Community Cooking School:

I love the mission of this organization! The volunteers and chef were awesome!

I want my house to smell like this – and my food to taste like this! Thanks for a wonderful learning and delicious eating experience – as usual!

Ambiance like family 🙂 Very informative and specific instructions. Answered all my questions.

It was an absolute blast! Great community building. Lovely instructor and people!

Excellent experience. Kind and helpful staff. I would absolutely recommend this to others.

Our Services

In addition to our public cooking classes, our Community Cooking School offers a range of services from kitchen rentals and pop-up dining events to home-ec classes and private classes that support our mission and the values of the good food movement. These services enable us to provide free or low-cost educational programming to communities including seniors, children, refugees, and others who might not otherwise have the knowledge or skills to cook for themselves.

Competition Team-building Classes

In our Top Chef-style cooking classes, teams work together to create a seasonal dish from a mystery box of ingredients under the guidance of our chef. We facilitate and encourage leadership and team engagement during the class, making it a unique and memorable outing for staff development. Learn more.

Private Classes & Events

Bring your friends to cook, learn, and eat together. We offer custom private classes for groups of 7 to 30 people, ideal for birthday parties, bridal showers, or simply a fun evening with friends. All classes are BYOB and end with a meal together around our farm table.

We also partner with local schools to teach kids hands-on kitchen fundamentals, including knife skills, sanitation, reading a recipe, and preparing a meal.

Pop-Up Dining Events

Whether you’re planning a community dining event for 40, an intimate chef’s dinner for 10, or something in between, our Community Cooking School is an ideal space that includes full access to our kitchen, plus dining and serviceware.

Kitchen Rental

Our commercially licensed kitchen is well-suited for corporate food presentations, tasting events, or kitchen staff training, and an abundance of natural light makes it perfect for video shoots or food photography. Out kitchen is also available to chefs or food artisans in need of food prep space.

How Your Event Helps

Your event enables us to provide FREE programming to local seniors, refugees, and kids, as well as other community members in need.

Have a question about our services or private events? Send an email to [email protected].

Cooking and nutrition classes impact learners of all ages.
Bring your friends or meet new ones in the friendly learning environment of the Community Cooking School!

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Community Cooking School
5917 N Broadway, 2nd Floor, Broadway Armory
Chicago, Illinois 60660


Special thanks to our partners at the Chicago Park District for their collaboration.

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