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

Festivals

Taste of Chicago (Downtown)
July: The granddaddy 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 (West Town)
May: The city's food trucks gather 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 (Berwyn & Clark)
Every Wednesday; May 9 - August 29 from 3-8pm, and September 5 - October 17 from 3-7pm

Lincoln Square Farmers Market (Lincoln & Leland)
Every Tuesday and Thursday; June 5 - October 30 from 7-1pm Tuesdays, and 4-8p Thursdays (til 7pm after Labor Day)

Green City Farmers Market (Lincoln Park) Every Wednesday and Saturday; May - October 7-1pm (Features chef demos and other hands-on classes)

 

Cooking Classes 

The Chopping Block (Lincoln Square and Downtown)
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.