Chicago IL Bartending School

Discover How to Master A Bartending Job in a Week-Long School

  • Local Bartending School inChicago, Illinois
  • Successfully operating since 2011
  • 512 certified master bartender instructors
  • 4859 LBS students for the last 3 months

Chicago Bartending School will Teach you:

  • Over 200 basic and fancy drink recipes
  • How to cut fruit and decorate tropical and specialty cocktails
  • How to increase sales and tips
  • How to set up a bar workstation
  • Prepare multiple drinks quickly and easily
  • The best ways to detect illegal drunkenness
  • How to use all of a bartender’s tools
  • How to understand wine service, and tasting

Learning options:

    • Most popular: in-person lessons (you chose the schedule and location)
    • Classes – check availability and schedule with the local representative
    • Online education
    • Staff training for Bar owners and managers
    • Flair bartending to become master bartender

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Local Bartending School of Chicago, Illinois welcomes you!

Becoming a bartender in Chicago, Illinois, is a fantastic choice, especially in the bustling Chicago metropolitan area with its population of over 9.5 million people.

Chicago offers a diverse range of neighborhoods and districts known for their vibrant nightlife and thriving hospitality scene. Areas like River North, Wicker Park, and Lincoln Park provide ample opportunities for bartenders to work in popular establishments.

Illinois mandates bartending certification through a state-approved program, ensuring that bartenders have the necessary skills and knowledge to serve responsibly and safely. This certification not only opens doors to employment but also demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and customer safety.

Besides the financial benefits, bartending in Chicago promises an exciting and dynamic work environment, allowing you to interact with a diverse clientele and showcase your creativity in crafting unique cocktails. With the city's rich history and innovative cocktail culture, bartending in Chicago offers a blend of tradition and innovation that can be both fulfilling and enjoyable.

LBS has 4859 of graduates working in the state of Illinois.

Number of LBS students working in Illinois Bars: 4331

Average Friday night tips for LBS alumnus in Illinois : $600

You Can Start School Next Week!

    • Equipment: All equipment and learning materials will be provided. This includes a workbook, bartending tools, and drinks.
    • Location: We can come to your home or teach at one of our multiple locations in Chicago. Unique offers for the residents of The Loop, North Side, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Logan Square, and South Loop.

Illinois Age Requirements:

    • Legal Learning Ages: 18 through 98 (Under 21 is permitted in Illinois)
    • Course Availability: Bartending 101, 201, and 301 Courses.

What you will Learn:

    • The Ultimate Bartending Program includes a comprehensive workbook (takes you from beginner to advanced ). You will also learn the most popular cocktails in the USA and Illinois, including iconic classics like the Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Chicago Sour, Mojito, and our very own twist on the Windy City's favorite, the Chicago Mule, all designed to elevate your mixology skills to new heights.


Best bars in Chicago, Illinois

Three Dots and a Dash
435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, United States
Ratings : 4.5
2771 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, United States
Ratings : 4.7
Spilt Milk
2758 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, United States
Ratings : 4.5
3201 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, United States
Ratings : 4.6
Map Room
1949 N Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, United States
Ratings : 4.6

School Details :

Next bartending class in the center of Chicago is starting Tuesday July 23
In-personal bartending lessons are available 7 days a week, LBS students can choose the schedule!

Bartending School of Chicago was founded to help bartenders find jobs and start to work in a career they love. Specially designed Job Placement program allowed LBS students to work at The Signature Lounge (on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Center), well-known "Three Dots and a Dash" bar, The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, and The Violet Hour (located in the Wicker Park neighborhood). LBS is excited about our desire to teach customized, private lessons to all ages(above 18 by Illinois state law) throughout IL. We can help you earn lots of money being a bartender as soon as the next couple of months!

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LBS also offers Personalized bartending services for private parties, corporate events and weddings.

100+ unique locations in the Chicago IL metro area:

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  • Art Institute of Chicago (111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603) - A cultural treasure in the Loop district, this world-class museum offers a stunning backdrop for elegant events amidst priceless art collections.
  • Cafe Brauer (2021 N Stockton Dr, Chicago, IL 60614) - Nestled in Lincoln Park, this historic Prairie-style building overlooks the scenic Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk and provides a charming atmosphere for weddings and corporate gatherings.
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