That's excellent news, Teach. I am so glad to see a parents learning right along with their children. Yes, it's going to take a few years to learn, but it is SO worth it. A piece of advice: don't let failure make you quit. Keep trying until you get the results you're looking for! It's a very rewarding experience.
Side note: If you're in subs of Chicago, you should still be able to grow some veggies, as long as you aren't a member of a Home Owner's Association that forbids it. That should really be the only thing that would stop you.
The process is simple: Free your mind, and your ass will follow.