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The Chopping Block, Chicago's largest recreational cooking school and gourmet retail store, offers demonstration and hands-on cooking classes, as well as wine classes, private cooking parties and corporate team building events. Classes at our two locations cover subjects from cooking basics to intensive Boot Camps as well as seasonal, date nights, healthy and kids classes.

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Merchandise Mart

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Thanks for rating us so highly in the 2014 Zagat Chicago Shopping Survey. The survey is based on YOUR opinions, so we really appreciate your support.

Get to Know Your Chefs

Shelley Young

Our chefs are what set us apart from the rest! With years of experience at top restaurants, they will teach you about food. Click here to view profiles of all of our chefs.

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The Chopping Block cooks only with:

Sub-Zero, Wolf, Kalamazoo


Make Your Kitchen Sustainable & Self-Sustaining

Would you like to change your cooking to better reflect your palate, your purse, your place and your politics? Join us for a special lecture and cooking demonstration by Eugenia Bone, author of "The Kitchen Ecosystem: Building a Perennial Pantry". Eugenia will explain how to rethink your shopping habits, how to choose which foods to preserve, and how to fold preserving and using recipes into your busy schedule. You'll be inspired to take control of your cooking!

Monday, March 9
Merchandise Mart

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The Waffleizer is Back

Will it Waffle?Dan Shumski is on a quest to answer the question "Will it Waffle?". His sold out class back in September shows our students want to know too.

Join us as the journalist, teacher and food blogger returns for a second class wielding his waffle irons as he makes dishes like Fawaffle (Waffled Falafel) and Hummus. You'll take home his book with over 50 irresistible and unexpected recipes to make in a waffle iron!

Saturday, March 7
Merchandise Mart

Find Out "Will It Waffle?"

Put Our Tools to the Test

20% off all ToolsIt's time to see what our tools are made of. As you know, each and every item we select to carry in The Chopping Block's retail stores has been tested by our culinary staff. Now, it's your turn.

Visit our stores in March to "test drive" our favorite graters from Microplanes to box graters and peelers from Rosle to the affordable workhorse Piranha Peeler. Whatever your job or budget, we have a chef-approved tool for you!

The best part is that all tools are 20% off in March. If you buy three tools, the savings jump to 25%.

See why Shelley loves our Rosle peelers in our latest video.

Why we love Rosle Peelers

Our chefs certainly have their favorite tools as well. For instance, Chef Sara Salzinski can't live without her tongs.

"Don't underestimate the power of good tongs. They are an absolute essential tool you must have in your kitchen. And, not just any tongs. You want tongs that have a good solid grip so your hand wont slip and can lock to save space, like the OXO tongs we carry at The Chopping Block. Next to knives they are the most used tool in my kitchen because they are an extension of my hand. They jump in when the going gets rough allowing me to handle my food properly so I can achieve the best results. From turning steaks, to tossing salads and pastas, for all of your grilling needs, and for reaching that box of cereal on the top shelf, tongs will never let you down." ~Chef Sara Salzinski

Our silicone lined fish spatula is extra thin and angled so it can get beneath the most delicate fish without causing it to flake. Plus, it's heat resistant up to 425 degrees.

This spatula would be perfect to use on the beautiful fish you can get from Hooked on Fish, a sustainable seafood delivery service in Chicago. This week's offerings include sustainable Skuna Bay Salmon, Cobia and Yellowtail Snapper. Both locations of The Chopping Block are pick-up locations for Hooked on Fish.

Read More About Hooked On Fish In Our Blog

Throw Out the Jargon & Learn to Speak Wine

If you shy away from wine because you don't understand complicated "wine speak" you hear in restaurants or wine stores, our upcoming class will demystify the language of wine. Learn common terms used to describe what YOU like in a wine. You'll never be at a loss for wine words again!

Selecting Wine
Thursday, March 19
Lincoln Square

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Our Sommelier Viktorija Todorovska has no trouble coming up with words to describer her favorite wine. Read about the love fest over rosé in her latest blog.

Our New Kitchen is on Fire

We've been enjoying our new kitchen at the Merchandise Mart so much. Shelley Young's vision made a reality by Susan Fredman Design Group is the perfect setting for fun and culinary inspiration. Our Jenn-Air appliances are rocking, the amazing Greenfield Cabinetry gives us so much more storage, and our countertops (a mix of Cambria quartz & John Boos custom woodwork) are both beautiful and functional. If you haven't seen our Currant Kitchen yet, stop by for a tour, or better yet, take a class!

Currant Kitchen

This new kitchen is part of a two-year re-branding process that will include remodeled facilities, a new logo and a new mobile-friendly website (which is just around the corner). Stay tuned!

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