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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.
  • Basil Kitchen can accommodate up to 55 people for an interactive hands-on event and up to 70 for a cocktail reception.
  • Currant Kitchen is an intimate setting, perfect for smaller groups of 6 to 22 cooking together and up to 30 people for a reception.

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 cocktail parties as large as 40 people. Or use both floors for events up to 90 people.
  • Outdoor Grilling Patio venue includes options for hands-on events well as mix and mingle events for up to 40 people.