From cooking classes to food festivals, there's no shortage of ways for food lovers to explore Chicago in a fun, and tasty, ways.


Taste of Chicago
July: The grandaddy of Chicago food festivals, Taste of Chicago is a five-day showcase of Chicago food in Grant Park. The Taste also offers a wide-range of concerts. 

Chicago Food Truck Social
May: The city's food trucks gather in West Town to showcase diverse cuisine served on four wheels.

Chicago Food + Wine Festival
Food + Wine Magazine brings together the nation's best chefs for a weekend of food and wine pairings.

Farmers Markets

Andersonville Farmers Market
Every Wednesday (May 20 - October 14) from 3-8pm (til 7pm after Labor Day)

Lincoln Square Farmers Market
Every Thursday (June 4 - October 29) from 3-8pm (til 7pm after Labor Day)

Green City Farmers Market

In Lincoln Park, May 2 through October 31, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7am to 1pm. Features chef demos and other hands-on classes.


Cooking Classes 

The Chopping Block (Lincoln Square and Merchandise Mart)
From pizza to Parisian, there's a class for everyone at this long-standing casual cooking school. Kids classes are also available!

The Wooden Spoon (Andersonville)
Located just a few minute walk from The Guesthouse Hotel, The Wooden Spoon features a couples cooking class every Friday night for a fun date in the neighborhood.

Naveen's Cuisine (Wicker Park)
Spice things up with an Indian cooking class from Chef Naveen, who is a fun, informative instructor.

Cook Au Vin (Wicker Park)
Oooh, la la! Transport yourself to Paris with a French 101 class.

Eataly Chicago (Downtown)
Explore Italian cuisine at this delicious, downtown food mall.