5 Classes That Will Make You a Real Chicagoan

July 28, 2018

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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    Kickboxing Class

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    With TITLE Boxing Club's Kickboxing Class, you'll actually enjoy yourself while you sweat off the pounds and firm up those muscles. Their kickboxing workouts combine a mix of dynamic exercises with kickboxing basics to form an intense routine. Kickboxing is one of the most effective and efficient total-body workouts. You'll not only get in a great cardio workout, you'll also improve strength and muscle tone, and make gains in stamina, endurance, and and energy-level. Hit it hard for an hour...then hit the showers feeling great.
    Kickboxing Class

    1212 S Naper Blvd, Naperville

    • Kick, punch, and block for an intense one-hour that will leave you feeling more fit than ever before
    • Receive instruction and motivation from an expert professional trainer who knows how to get the best out of every student
    • Achieve gains in your overall health and fitness, including improved strength, muscle-tone, stamina, and endurance
    • Burn up to 1,000 calories every class and watch your body transform
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    1 positive reviews
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    Beginner Hula

    E makaukau? Ready? You'll learn to tell a beautiful story through graceful hula performance during this beginner class. Focus on footwork and hip motions first before integrating hand gestures into a simple hula. Your previous dance experience doesn't matter -- you'll start from the ground up. Grow as a dancer as you improve your ability to intuitively style your movements in accordance with the spoken words of a story. Work on your sense of rhythm and grace as you sway and step to the music. By the end of the class, you'll have developed a whole new appreciation for the art of hula!
    Beginner Hula

    163 N Humphrey Ave, Oak Park

    • Learn the fundamentals of hula, a form of storytelling through dance
    • Focus on footwork and hip motions before integrating hand gestures
    • Grow as a dancer and improve your sense of rhythm
    • Execute graceful moves that perform a beautiful story
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    Zumba Fitness

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    If you had the opportunity to party any morning, afternoon, or evening of the week, would you? Would you like to integrate your Friday night dancing into a mid-week workout? Of course! As upbeat, international beats radiate through the classroom, you'll learn easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired dance moves to join this aerobic dance party. What dances will you learn? You'll master steps from salsa, samba, club dance, reggae, and even belly dance. From there, work your hips, wind your waist, and grapevine those legs into tip-top shape. Can your workout get any more fun than this?
    Zumba Fitness

    5965 N Clark St, Chicago

    • Blend hot international music with contagious dance latin-inspired dance steps
    • Learn easy-to-follow, calorie-burning dance moves to thin your waist and tone your muscles
    • Embrace an infectious, exhilirating workout
    • No experience necessary
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    18 positive reviews
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    Cooking With Indian Masala

    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 will learn three 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 Masala Dosa, Chana Masala, and Masala Tea, 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 Indian Masala

    2508 W Devon Ave, Chicago

    • Cook traditional Indian foods including Masala Dosa, Chana Masala, and Masala Tea
    • Savor in delicious gluten-free, vegan food while knowing that your meal is both scrumptious and ethical!
    • Learn new recipes from an experienced chef and life-long vegan
    • Show off your new skill at your next dinner party!
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    Grilling Seafood

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    Does your seafood grill menu consist of burnt swordfish steak, charred shrimp and something that only a forensics team could identify as an grilled octopus? With Backyard BBQ Store's Seafood class you'll up your grill skills. An expert chef-instructor will show you step by step how to get smokier, richer flavor from your grilled seafood dishes. You'll learn about culinary techniques, ingredient choices, equipment selection and meal timing in this teaching class. Learn all of the critical steps while you sample the delicious seafood delicacies being grilled right in front of your eyes. Take home the knowledge to change your kitchen forever!
    Grilling Seafood

    1147 Greenleaf Ave, Wilmette

    • You become the grillmaster as you learn the intricacies of grilling seafood
    • Uncover the secrets to give your seafood a smokier, richer flavor
    • Sample delicious seafood delicacies made by an expert chef
    • Take home the knowledge to revolutionize your kitchen
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    1 positive reviews
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    Meat 101 (Merchandise Mart)

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    Discover the secrets to cooking up a perfect cut of meat in this all-levels class sure to elevate your culinary game. A professional chef will teach you how to select, handle, and cook meat for mouthwatering results. You'll work alongside classmates to prepare satisfying dishes like sautéed strip steak with miso butter and roasted broccolini, grilled pork tenderloin kebabs with romesco sauce and grilled scallions, and braised lamb and spring vegetable tagine with steamed couscous. As you cook, you'll practice skills such as searing, grilling and braising meat, determining meat doneness, making compound butter, and roasting vegetables. When you've completed your recipes, you'll take a seat and enjoy the tender taste of a perfectly cooked dinner.
    Meat 101 (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the art to cooking a perfect cut of meat
    • Prepare delicious dishes like grilled pork tenderloin kebabs with romesco sauce and grilled scallions
    • Practice techniques such as searing, grilling, and braising
    • Add a new culinary skill to your kitchen and some new recipes to your cookbook
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    8 positive reviews
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    Marrakesh Express

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    Ditch the takeout menu and learn to make delicious Moroccan food with your own two hands. In this all-levels class, a professional chef will guide you along as you work with classmates to create a true Moroccan feast. You'll prepare such satisfying dishes as Marrakesh pizza with chickpeas and cilantro, grilled chicken tagine with roasted red peppers and kalamata olive, roasted cherry tomatoes and fingerling potatoes with mint yogurt sauce, and honey and almond shortbread with citrus. As you make your way through recipes, you'll practice vital culinary skills like rolling and shaping pizza dough, selecting and grilling chicken, determining meat doneness, making yogurt sauces, and preparing shortbread dough. When the food is out of the oven, you'll pick up a fork and feast on the fruits of your labor.
    Marrakesh Express

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn how to bring the flavors of Morocco into your own kitchen
    • Craft savory dishes like grilled chicken tagine with roasted red peppers and kalamata olive
    • Practice working with Moroccan ingredients as you learn how to balance flavors
    • Add the rich flavors of another culture to your weekly dinner menu
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    8 positive reviews
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    Private Golf Lesson (45 minutes)

    Are you looking for a quick refresher in your golf game? Maybe you need to the learn the full-blown basics before a company outing? Just so you don't make a complete fool of yourself on the course, Gil Davis Golf has your back. In this thirty minute Private Golf Lesson, you'll take to the links with a golf-pro and practice the swings and techniques that'll have you impressing -- or at least not looking like a fool -- on the golf course. Through this quick lesson, gain the skills necessary to reduce your game by a few strokes... and even stop shanking the ball.
    Private Golf Lesson (45 minutes)

    6700 S Kedize Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the fundamentals of golf including the rules, strokes, and swing techniques
    • Improve your swing through extensive practice and exercises
    • Test your skills on a real course and greens
    • All experience levels welcome
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    African Drum Class

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    Looking to march to the beat of your own drum? This class is all about learning traditional djembe rhythms and djembe and dunun technique. During this class, you'll learn why the djembe and dunun drums are so important to learning the culture and influence of West African music. In this class, these will be your tools of the trade to create unique percussive beats. Enjoy the experience of learning while spreading and preserving Mande culture.
    African Drum Class

    4545 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn traditional West African djembe rhythms, utilizing djembe and dununs
    • Practice traditional djembe technique such as handing and sound
    • Learn the oral history of each rhythm, exploring its cultural significance
    • Drumming skills of all levels are welcome
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    2 positive reviews
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    How to Bake Bread

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    There's nothing better than the smell of freshly baked bread wafting through your kitchen. The only issue: you have no idea how to make it. Never fear! The Chopping Block's got you covered. In this all-levels class, a professional chef will guide you as you learn the basics of bread making. You'll work in small groups to create satisfying recipes like potato rosemary focaccia, cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting, and mini whole wheat baguettes. As you move through the lesson, you'll practice important skills such as mixing yeast dough, understanding ingredient functions, using different flours, kneading, and shaping dough. You'll also discover secrets to knowing when your bread is done. Once your freshly baked treats are out of the oven, you'll sit down with your classmates and raise a baguette to a job well done.
    How to Bake Bread

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the secrets to making fresh-baked bread
    • Practice techniques such as mixing yeast dough and kneading
    • Create delicious recipes like cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting and mini whole wheat baguettes
    • Experience the satisfaction of creating fresh-baked bread with your own two hands
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    25 positive reviews

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