The Park District offers classes and programs at Cheney Mansion each season - programs below are divided by family, kids, and adult classes. Be sure to also check out Special Events for more activities at the Mansion. For more information on any of the programs listed below, please contact the Mansion at (708) 383-2612. You can also register online through the Park District of Oak Park - visit


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Cooking Classes for Young Chefs (Ages 9-12)

“Kids Cook!” provides a win-win opportunity! While the kids enjoy these fun cooking sessions in the catering kitchen of Cheney Mansion, parents have the evening free for a quiet, relaxing meal at their favorite eatery! Taught by professional chef Ron Martin, classes are a combination of hands-on and demonstration, training young chefs in the basic techniques of various cooking methods and kitchen skills. $35 Residents/$40 Non-Residents

Kids Cook: Cupcake Wars
Sat, April 12, 9:30-12pm

It's Cupcake Wars! Carrot Cupcakes with White Chocolate Icing compete with Chocolate Cream-Filled Cupcakes and the ever-popular Red Velvet Cupcake. Which one will win the ?Most Popular? title? You be the judge!


Kids Cook: Breakfast Club
Sat, May 3, 9:30am-Noon

During "Breakfast Club", Chef Ron will continue the tradition of exposing his chef students to new experiences. We will be creating and of course eating a wide variety of flavors that will have the students thinking differently about breakfast. Spiced breakfast sausage, pumpkin pancakes with maple-ginger syrup, breakfast strata with ham and peppers and an apple streusel coffee cake.



April 2-May 28, W, 1-3pm

Learn the skill of quilting with an expert. Start on a new project or continue on your existing one. This class is bound to free your creative side with quilters sharing patterns, projects and ideas. Great for quilters of all experience levels! Meetings will be held on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Drop in participation welcome, but pre-registration is encouraged (Class is $1 for Active Adult Members $2 for all others).



Dancin' at the Mansion- Latin Sampler
April 14-May 19, Mondays, 8-8:55pm

Heat up the dance floor with some hot Latin dancing! Salsa, Cha-Cha and Bachata will be taught in this fun and active dance class. You’ll learn the basic steps and enjoy the rhythm of these exciting dances. It’s great fun and great exercise! No experience or partner required. All ages. Please bring smooth-soled shoes to class.

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Swing Dancin'
April 14-May 19, Mondays, 7-7:55pm

Learn classic ballroom dances with a special emphasis on Swing. The instructor's easy-to-follow teaching style will have you gliding across the dance floor in just a few weeks. This style of dancing has come back across the nation. Don't miss out on the fun! Rhumba, foxtrot and other ballroom dances are also covered. No experience or partner required. $60 Resident/$90 Non-Resident

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Book a Private Cooking Class for a Special Birthday Party or Corporate Team Building!

Cheney Mansion and professional chef Ron Martin will tailor a private group cooking class to fit your taste. Looking for an innovative idea for your best friend’s birthday or “Girls Night Out”? Searching for Corporate Team Building possibilities? Please call 708-383-2612, or e-mail

People are raving about Chef Ron Martin's private cooking classes:

"I wanted to send a note to thank you – so very much! – for putting together such a wonderful cooking class for my team a couple weeks ago. We had so much fun, learned a lot from the special techniques you shared – including how to use our food processors! – and really enjoyed the tasty appetizers you created. Taking a cooking class as a team has been on our list for a number of years, and I am so delighted that we were able to do it this year with such a fantastic chef!" -Barbara N. Hoffman, Director of Development, Ounce of Prevention Fund  

"You are simply amazing!  My husband just made breakfast for all the kids, and they are sitting on our back patio re-living the Chef Dinner - I specifically asked them about you... and I got a chorus of "He Was AWESOME!". My thanks to you for making this such a memorable occasion for every one of them." -Patricia Lekacz, Glen Ellyn