5 Classes That Will Make You a Real Chicagoan

January 24, 2020

Michael Douglas said, “I’m impressed with the people from Chicago. Hollywood is hype, New York is talk, Chicago is work.” And work hard, you Chicagoans do. But you also know how to play. And learn. And create. And expand your amazingness. Heck, you do it all.

Those of us who aren’t fortunate enough to hail from the Windy City are left to wonder, “What does it take to pass as a native of this state?" Have you heard the phrase, “It’s never too late to learn”? Well, that phrase isn’t true. Not always at least. But lucky you! In this case, it is.

Check out these 5 classes that can put a non-native on the path towards blending in with the vibrant, electic group of people from this city.

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    Expert Capoeira - TEST

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    What do you get when you cross dance, fighting, and stunning acrobatics? Sounds oddly like West Side Story. Not exactly. Originating as a means to disguise martial arts training in a fight for freedom, Capoeira is Brazil's fast and graceful Afro-Brazilian martial arts form. In this class, you'll increase agility, balance, coordination, flexibility, muscle strength, posture, and overall cardiovascular health, as you practice the fundamental movements of Capoeira, including how to dodge and attack. This energetic and culturally-rich workout is energized by lively music so that you will hardly even notice just how intensively you are exercising. Can you ask for anything more from a workout?
    Expert Capoeira - TEST

    520 Madison Ave, Chicago

    • Incorporate music, self-defense, and dance into your workout regimen
    • Engage the mind and body in this active form of art
    • Increase your balance, body awareness, and strength through learning the basic moves of Capoeira, such as ginga, esquiva
    • No experience necessary
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    1 positive reviews
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    Pole Dance Trial Class

    Sassy moves, sexy spins, and floor work with flare are just a few enticing aspects of pole dancing. Come learn the basics of this artistic, challenging, and rewarding style of dance. You'll have the chance to master all the tricks and climbs that make up an alluring performance. Foster a sense of achievement as you put together your own sassy dance routine. This type of workout is great for fat burning, strength building, increasing flexibility, and improving cardiovascular health. Pole dancing is versatile and can accommodate people of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels. Empower yourself by gaining confidence and getting into great shape!
    Pole Dance Trial Class

    1224 Douglas Rd, Oswego

    • Learn the basic climbs and holds of pole dancing and create your own dance routine
    • Mix sensual moves with physical fitness for both a challenge and an overall sense of empowerment
    • Work your core and upper body with spins, tricks, climbs, and floor work
    • Enjoy a consistent workout routine that will strengthen your core and tone your arms and legs
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    Intro to Pole

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    With all the recent craze about pole fitness, are you finally ready to give it a try? This absolute basics class will impart you with the knowledge you need to get dancing! Learn essential pole moves such as sexy spins and a variety of tricks, as well as vocabulary and terminology from your experienced and encouraging instructor. Have a blast expressing your sensuality while you build up the skills and flexibility necessary to tackle more advanced classes. As you feel your muscles growing stronger and watch the pounds melt away, you'll realize why pole dancing isn't just reserved for strip clubs anymore!
    Intro to Pole

    2539 W North Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the absolute basics of pole dancing during this fully immersive beginner's course
    • Practice essential pole moves such as sexy spins and a variety of tricks
    • All Intro classes end in a short choreography
    • Build up the necessary strength and flexibility to tackle more advanced classes
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    12 positive reviews
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    Grilling 101

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    Do your grilling skills need a little tutoring? Learn to get the best out of your grilled meals with this basic but in depth grilling class. There will be a strong focus on unique grilling recipes, useful techniques, and training on using the proper tools. These three components will come together to help you step up your cooking game to new levels. These delicious grilling components will be everything you need to change your basic grilled foods into meals that will have everyone wanting seconds.
    Grilling 101

    535 Green Bay Rd, Wilmette

    • Sign up for the first part of this three part cooking classes on the basics of grilling
    • Learn the basic recipes, techniques, and tools necessary to make delicious grilled foods
    • Further explore getting the best flavors out of your food
    • Make the most of your culinary experience
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    1 positive reviews
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    Composition in the Field (Millennium Park)

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    Create compelling images out of any surrounding! This three hour, hands-on camera workshop, is a rendezvous with a pro photographer, in any of a number of photogenic locales in and around the area. The session is designed to provide you with an exciting experience that will teach you the classic principles of composition. You'll learn to shoot using the lighting at that particular moment, image framing, shutter techniques and other tips and techniques that will result in great compositions for portraits, architectural shoots, street photography and macro images. Personal feedback on your work from professional photographers will be given to help you master these photo layout skills. Swing by and learn to create inspiring images and turn the mundane into masterpieces! You must bring your own digital camera. Exact meeting location will be provided upon booking and will vary depending upon the signup date.
    Composition in the Field (Millennium Park)

    Cloud Gate, Chicago

    • Improve your compositional skills
    • Better understand the capabilities of your camera
    • Explore famous areas of Millennium Park
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    5 positive reviews
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    Indian Veggie Feast!

    Tired of eating things with dubious ingredients? Who really knows what "thiamine mononitrate" is anyway? We've cooked up a solution for you! During this Indian cooking class you'll learn new recipes that use only gluten free and vegan ingredients. You'll discover the tricks of the trade, and leave this hands-on class ready to whip up the dishes on your own! Your experienced instructor will teach you how to make Indo-Chinese Soup, Indian Spinach and Eggplant Dish,and Tindora, and give you copies of the authentic Indian recipes to take home with you. The wholesome ingredients will put your conscience to rest, and you'll leave the class with a happy stomach and a happy heart! This truly is food for the soul.
    Indian Veggie Feast!

    2508 W Devon Ave, Chicago

    • Cook traditional Indian foods including Indo-Chinese Soup, Indian Spinach and Eggplant Dish,and Tindora, with an experienced chef and life-long vegan
    • Enjoy delicious gluten-free, vegan food while knowing that your meal is both scrumptious and ethical!
    • Learn how to make vegetable dishes that will satisfy your tastebuds, your belly, and your health
    • Show off your new recipes at your next dinner party!
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    Cooking with Organic Fenugreek

    Tired of eating things with dubious ingredients? Who really knows what "thiamine mononitrate" is anyway? We've cooked up a solution for you! During this Indian cooking class you'll learn new recipes that use only gluten free and vegan ingredients. You'll discover the tricks of the trade, and leave this hands-on class ready to whip up the dishes on your own! Your experienced instructor will teach you how to make Fenugreek Pancakes, Fenugreek Bread, Fenugreek Pakora, and more, and give you copies of the authentic Indian recipes to take home with you. The wholesome ingredients will put your conscience to rest, and you'll leave the class with a happy stomach and a happy heart! This truly is food for the soul.
    Cooking with Organic Fenugreek

    2508 W Devon Ave, Chicago

    • Cook traditional Indian foods including Fenugreek Pancakes, Fenugreek Bread, Fenugreek Pakora, and more, with an experienced chef and life-long vegan
    • Enjoy delicious gluten-free, vegan food while knowing that your meal is both scrumptious and ethical!
    • Learn the main health benefits of organic Fenugreek and how to grow it in your home all year long
    • Show off your new recipes at your next dinner party!
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    Kizomba Zouk Dance

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    Originally called the kizomba zouk, this is a musical genre of antilliano source (Antelias), though it originally earned its success in Cape Verde and Angola, two African countries that were a former Portuguese colonies. In the mid 80's, Cape Verdeans, Angolans, and several artists began to create the zouk genre that very quickly conquered the public. With Latin Street Dancing, you'll find out just how contagious this style truly is! As you learn the essential steps and movements of this dance, see how the dance mixes in some merengue, tango, bachata, and that rhythmic African feel. Oh, and remember to put on some nice cologne or perfume before coming to this class, because you'll be dancing very close to your partner!
    Kizomba Zouk Dance

    600 W. Roosevelt , Chicago

    • Dance the beautiful, sensual, folkloric kizomba zouk that mixes merengue, tango, bachata, and African beats
    • Learn more about the dance that quickly conquered the Cape Verdeans and Angolans
    • Explore Latin and African culture through authentic dances
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    1 positive reviews
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    Aerial Basics

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    Have you ever wanted to run away and join the circus? Here is your chance! This small group beginner aerial class will allow you to get your feet off the ground and fly. Enjoy the air up there as you learn the basic fundamentals and vocabulary of multiple aerial apparati, including Lyra, aerial silks, and Fly Gym. Though you'll immediately see the physical benefits of this total body conditioning class, you'll be having way too much fun to even consider it a workout!
    Aerial Basics

    2539 W North Ave, Chicago

    • Get your feet off the ground and fly during this aerial basics class
    • Learn the basic fundamentals and vocabulary of multiple aerial apparati, including Lyra, aerial silks, and Fly Gym
    • Have fun while improving your overall fitness, toning muscles, burning fat, and building core strength
    • No experience necessary
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    12 positive reviews
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    Cha Cha Cha

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    Looking to improve your game at Latin club night? Salsa too popular? As salsa dance rises on the mainstream, cha-cha-cha's ready to take the scene. Cousin to salsa and mambo, the dance started in Cuba as a "Triple Step Mambo" or salsa with a stutter step. During this beginner dance class, you'll swing your hips and stomp to the rhythms of Latin culture -- two-three-cha-cha-cha! Remember, this dance arrives a beat late to the party, but the cha-cha-cha will keep you smiling all night!
    Cha Cha Cha

    600 W. Roosevelt , Chicago

    • Get a taste of Latin dance through the cha-cha-cha
    • Learn essential cha-cha-cha steps, turns, movements, and hip gyrations
    • Explore the rhythms with a Latin feel and familiarize yourself with this popular Cuban dance
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    1 positive reviews

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