Three million people call Chicago home and they are fiercely proud of their Forbes Four and Five star rated and Michelin starred restaurants. And the numbers don’t lie - $16 billion in restaurant sales, from over 21,000 restaurants, 24 of which have Michelin star ratings. You can’t discuss Chicago without mentioning Alinea - Executive Chef Grant Achatz’s restaurant that redefined the dining experience through an 18-22 course meal based on a seasonally driven menu. Similarly, Grace opened in 2012 to massive success, garnering accolades including a Five-Star rating from Forbes Travel Guide, AAA's Five Diamond Rating, Three-Stars from Michelin, and was named the best restaurant in the world by Robb Report in 2013. Aside from these iconic spots, the list of popular restaurants is far too long to mention, but suffice it to say Chicago, outside of New York and San Francisco is undeniably the place to be and success here allows you to move most anywhere in the culinary world. According to the BLS, chefs and head cooks can earn an average wage of $43,000 and are looking at 8% growth through 2022. Bakers and pastry workers earn far better wages than most of the country with an average salary of over $25,000 and a 7% growth rate. For food service managers, $52,000 is not uncommon, and even butchers can pull in close to $27,000 annually.

Culinary Schools in Chicago Illinois

City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College

Chicago IL

www.ccc.edu/colleges/washington/Pages/default.aspx

City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College

Chicago IL

www.ccc.edu/colleges/kennedy/pages/default.aspx

The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago

Chicago IL

www.aii.edu

Kendall College

Chicago IL

www.kendall.edu

City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College

Chicago, IL

www.ccc.edu/colleges/truman/pages/default.aspx

Robert Morris University Illinois

Chicago IL

www.robertmorris.edu/

Saint Augustine College

Chicago IL

www.staugustine.edu

City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College

Chicago IL

www.ccc.edu/colleges/malcolm-x/pages/default.aspx

Moraine Valley Community College

Palos Hills IL

www.morainevalley.edu

Harper College

Palatine IL

www.harpercollege.edu

Triton College

River Grove IL

www.triton.edu

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn IL

www.cod.edu

College of Lake County

Grayslake IL

www.clcillinois.edu

Elgin Community College

Elgin IL

www.elgin.edu

McHenry County College

Crystal Lake IL

www.mchenry.edu

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Associates
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Culinary Arts
Baking & Pastry
Hospitality Management
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Illinois
Chicago Illinois