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Explore Our Kitchens

The Chopping Block is Chicago's largest recreational cooking school with two locations, seven kitchens and over 12,000 square feet of cooking and retail space. Our comfortable, yet state-of-the-art facilities and equipment provide the perfect learning environment for home cooks.

The Chopping Block's classes and private events are held in specially designed classrooms, equipped with complete cooking stations. Designed to replicate an ideal home kitchen, our kitchens are outfitted with ovens, cooktops, appliances, cookware and tools our students may find in their own kitchens.

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Merchandise Mart


The Chopping Block is located in downtown Chicago's historic Merchandise Mart, which is the world's largest commerical building spanning two city blocks. The location has four different kitchens, each with its own style and personality.

Our Saffron kitchen is used for both demonstration and hands-on cooking class, as well as guest chef events and wine classes. It features large mirrors over the cooking area so students get an up close and personal look at our chefs' techniques.

The Basil kitchen is designed for hands-on cooking fun with built-in seating so that students can sit down to enjoy their meal together at the end of class.

Our Currant kitchen is an intimate setting that is perfect for small hands-on or demonstration classes. You'll love the cozy atmosphere yet spacious design that allows people to cook together harmoniously.

The newest addition to our space, the Olive kitchen sits in the middle of our retail floor with a wine and spirits bar and intimate kitchen for smaller groups. Expand your event to the Chestnut foyer with a beautiful farm table perfect for dining, wine tasting, buffets for larger groups or even hands-on cocktail making.

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  • Saffron Kitchen seats 60 people stadium-style or transforms into an elegant banquet setting. We can also accommodate hands-on cooking in this kitchen for 30-45 people or less.
  • Basil Kitchen can accommodate up to 50 people for an interactive hands-on event and up to 65 for a cocktail reception with the addition of our Chestnut Foyer.
  • Currant Kitchen is an intimate setting, perfect for smaller groups up to 20 people cooking together and up to 30 people for a reception.
  • Olive Kitchen is a semi-private space, fitting for smaller groups up to 12 people either in a demonstration or hands-on event. This space is located on our retail floor in front of our food-friendly wine selection so it's ideal for wine tastings and hands-on cocktail events. 

Lincoln Square


The Chopping Block is the heart of Chicago's culture-rich Lincoln Square neighborhood surrounded by local restaurants and one-of-a-kind specialty stores. Our Lincoln Square location has two kitchens as well as an outdoor grilling patio.

Our cozy Eggplant Kitchen accommodates up to 14 students for demonstration classes and is surrounded by our retail store, the perfect backdrop to be inspired to cook. We also offer small hands on cooking classes in this space.

The Thyme Kitchen encompasses the entire upstairs of our building and offers a spacious and comfortable cooking experience for hands-on classes of all sizes.

An outdoor grilling patio at Lincoln Square gives our students the chance to cook under the sun and stars. We offer both hands-on and demonstration grilling classes during Chicago's spring, summer and fall. Students will learn to use both charcoal and gas grills in every outdoor class.

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  • Eggplant Kitchen accommodates up to 14 guests.
  • Thyme Kitchen offers a spacious experience for hands-on events parties as large as 30 people, or use both floors for events up to 45 people.
  • Outdoor Grilling Patio venue includes options for hands-on grilling events well as mix and mingle events for up to 20 people. Utilize all three spaces to host a party for up to 65 people.