Learn from professional instructors! Classes include healthy snacks, light meals, and pastry decorating. Hands-on learning! Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole is located at 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. The Vestal Culinary Studio is located within the Arts Park in the Sage Gallery.


Supported by: Foglia Family Foundation, Willow Springs Charitable Trust, Donna & Joe Vestal Fund, McHenry County Community Foundation, and AptarGroup Charitable Foundation

Youth Classes

Summer Cooking Camp: Around the World in 3 Days

Kids ages 8-13

Join us this summer for our Cooking Camp designed especially for kids ages 8 to 13 years old. Future chefs cook up cuisines from foreign lands while learning techniques and kitchen skills in our professional kitchen. This 3-day camp includes globe-trotting destinations to America, Asia, and Mexico. Each day, chefs will prepare a regional entrée, side dish, and dessert. Space is limited, so register early!

Dates:                   Tuesday-Thursday, June 19-21, 2018

Session 1:            Ages 8-10             9am-12pm

Session 2:            Ages 11-13          1-4pm

Fee:                     $135 per camper, registration fee includes camp T-shirt

To register:         Registration Coming Soon

Questions:          Please contact Betty Kay Swanson, Event, and Program Coordinator 815-455-8000 or bswanson@lakesideartspark.org

Group Private Classes

Book private classes in our Chef Kitchen for Youth.

  • Minimum of 5 participants
  • Groups such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, sports groups, and academic groups are encouraged
  • Price based on a curriculum call for availability

Classes that fulfill Girl Scout Badge requirements and fun patches are available. Lakeside Arts Park is a preferred partner of Northern IL Girl Scouts. For more information, contact Betty Swanson, Event & Program Coordinator at Bswanson@lakesideartspark.org or at 815.455.8000.

The culinary programs at Lakeside Arts Park give anyone with a desire and passion for food to develop their talents, interest, and knowledge in an amazing setting. Culinary Arts is indeed that, an art form that can define your style and passion in relation to food and all of the amazing things associated with it!” – Professional Instructor, Peter Cottone

I believe that through the Lakeside Culinary Program I can educate both children and adults in understanding proper nutrition, recognized and use healthy ingredients, and to cook those ingredients in a healthy way without loss of nutrients. If children are taught early in life what healthy foods are and how they taste they are more likely to continue eating those foods throughout their lives. Adults need to recognize the need to bring the family back to the table and end the cycle of unhealthy eating outside the home. What better way to learn than through the Lakeside Culinary Program.” – Chef Tony Gomez