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The Chopping Block at the Mart

River North, Chicago, Illinois
(68 Reviews)

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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Reviews of The Chopping Block at the Mart

(68 Reviews)


Attended: La Crêperie

Excellent class & delicious!


Attended: Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Great food. Fun atmosphere. Amazing interaction with chefs. Learned a lot about the Mexican dishes and recipes. One note -- for $90, would have expected one drink to be included, but overall a fun and festive night!

Jane J.

Attended: Raw Bar and Bubbles

Lisa was awesome!!!

Kelli N.

Attended: Pasta Workshop

I took the pasta workshop at The Chopping Block and had a great time. The class was hands-on, from making the pasta from scratch to rolling it out, cooking it and eating it. Chef Joey Hahn was incredibly knowledgeable and taught us about knife skills and cooking techniques. The dishes we made were delicious and there were tons to take home after.

Octavia D.

Attended: Knife Skills

Knife Skills was very informational. Lisa was an awesome teacher. Helpful and very patient while humorous. I learned a lot and will use the methods in my cooking. Thanks!


Attended: Knife Skills

The description of the class was very on point, however I did think the class was a little overcrowded and the knives not all sharpened beforehand. Because there were too many people the second half of the class when we actually practiced was not very useful. That being said, the instructors were great and the Chopping Block was awesome as always.

Trevor B.

Attended: Vegan Voyage: Italian Trattoria

One of the most fun things I've ever done. The class was orchestrated excellently by our two chefs, Aida (also designed the class) and another pretty woman whose name I cannot remember. I went by myself, but I would highly recommend this as a date night. The last 45 mins of the 3 hour class were spent relaxing, drinking, and eating the food we had made. You get to take home leftovers. Most wine is sold by the bottle with just 2-3 being offered by the glass.

Cicely H.

Attended: Bagel Brunch

I wanted to take this class because of my curiosity about making bagels and thoroughly enjoyed it! Chef Leia and assistant (sorry her name escapes me) were wonderful, informative, and fun! They even allowed us to go a little off topic which enhanced the experience. We learned how to make bagels, cheese blintzes with blueberry sauce, cucumber dill salad, and smoked salmon. Loved the salmon so much I couldn't bear leaving without a stovetop smoker (wish I could've left with one of those KitchenAid mixers as well but hey). I highly recommend this course and The Chopping Block! I'm signed up for another course and hope to do more!


Attended: Knife Skills

Melissa was very informative and the class flew by. It was great!


Attended: Donut Boot Camp

Good class, great instructor, good selection of donut types/flavors. Wish we worked in groups of 2 or 3 instead of 4.

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222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza Ste 107, Chicago, Illinois 60654
The Chopping Block at the Mart
River North
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza Ste 107
At W Kinzie St
Chicago, Illinois 60654