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  • The Chopping Blocks Story
    Our Story
    The Chopping Block opened in a small cottage in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood in 1997. Owner Shelley Young came up with the idea for a recreational cooking school and antique store while on a cross-country journey.
  • The Early Days
    The Early Days
    Shelley taught each class herself at first, but began to grow her staff and the retail store as she found that many customers needed assistance in selecting kitchen equipment.
  • Lincoln Square
    Lincoln Square
    The idea of a cooking school with a personal touch worked and in order to accommodate the growing demand for hands-on classes, The Chopping Block opened its second location in Lincoln Square in 2003.
  • Merchandise Mart
    Merchandise Mart
    The original location moved to the Merchandise Mart in 2005, where an expansive 8000-square-foot space allowed The Chopping Block to accommodate Chicago’s growing interest in private cooking parties.
  • Virtual Who We Are Slide
    The Chopping Block closed the Merchandise Mart location in 2022, after 17 years. We are focused on Lincoln Square and our virtual programming launched during the pandemic. Our mission remains to get the country to cook, and now we can do that for everyone - no matter where they may be! 

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With over 25 years experience teaching home cooks, The Chopping Block is Chicago’s premiere recreational school. Take a tour of our unique, state-of-the-art, yet comfortable kitchens at Lincoln Square.
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