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    Afro-Brazilian Dance

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    Some people count 1-2-3. You go 5-6-7-8. Samba is is one the most recognizable dance styles originating from Brazil, with routes that stretch back all the way to Africa. During this class you will quickly learn the basic steps of Samba and various other Brazilian styles, then progress on to the more complex combinations and embellishments that give these dances their expressive flair. While classes are mixed level, you'll find yourself more than welcome even if you're a novice, as the instructors are always eager to introduce new people to the world of samba. By virtue of being a fun, high energy dance, Brazilian dance is also great cardio exercise, so you'll be getting a great aerobic workout even as you learn. You don't have to go to Brazil to to experience its culture for yourself!
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    Afro-Brazilian Dance

    1543 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago

    • Learn the basic steps of several of the Brazil's most iconic dance styles
    • Discover a new way to express yourself in an engaging, supportive environment
    • Receive guidance and advice from a professional dancer
    • Enjoy an ebullient atmosphere that combines education, fitness, and fun
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    Capoeira - Trial Class

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    One of the many incentives of learning Brazilian Capoeira is that you learn the fundamentals of a legendary Afro-Brazilian dance, while gaining the techniques needed to defend yourself. This style, which has become very popular over the last two decades, puts your body to the test and improves your strength and coordination. When it comes to techniques, you will be professionally taught ginga, esquiava, and meia-lua de compasso. Learn defensive moves that blend dance, acrobatics, and martial arts. After being trained, your footwork and coordination will improve, as you get accustomed to sweeps, kicks, and helpful moves to protect yourself from unsuspected threats of danger.
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    Capoeira - Trial Class

    1543 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago

    • Learn the basics of Brazilian Capoeira, such as ginga, meia-lua de compasso, and esquiava
    • Enhance your strength and conditioning through this fast-paced workout
    • Explore new ways to give your entire body a workout
    • Enjoy the mixing of dance and defense
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    8 positive reviews
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    Intro Aikido

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    Eliminate panic from your life. Feel comfortable in any surrounding. Absorbing physical and mental aspects of training, you'll relax the mind and body under dangerous situations through this combative martial art. In this introduction to Aikido, learn the fundamentals of awareness, movement and throws.
    Intro Aikido

    1444 W Chicago Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the fundamentals of Aikido, including throws, strikes and pins
    • Relax the mind and body under dangerous situations
    • Blend martial arts and peace together in a tranquil environment
    • No experience necessary
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    Lakefront/Museum Campus Segway Tour (2hr)

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    There's no better way to tour the world-class city of Chicago than on a Chicago Segway Tour! The lakefront and Museum Campus are the front yard of this magnificent city. The eight-mile lakefront Segway tour begins in Millennium Park. From there, you'll glide along floral paths and rose gardens of Grant Park, past the famous Buckingham Fountain. Venture along the Lakefront, peeking into Chicago's renowned architecture and rich culture. You'll learn the history and stories behind this city and engage in a fun, interactive tour. See Chicago in a way you never could have imagined.
    Lakefront/Museum Campus Segway Tour (2hr)

    300 E Monroe St, Chicago

    • Tour through the city of Chicago on a Segway
    • Glide past floral paths, Buckingham Fountain, and along the beautiful lakefront
    • Learn the history and stories behind the city
    • Experience Chicago in a fun and new way on this two hour tour
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    Modern Architecture Walking Tour

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    Explore Chicago's international, modern and postmodern movements, from the powerful, minimalist work of Mies van der Rohe's to contemporary styles that incorporate new, environmentally-sustainable technology. A great two hour tour for architecture buffs, as well as anyone with a simple interest in the buildings of Chicago. Learn about post-WWII developments and the impact of technological and zoning changes. Admire the stainless steel cladding on the Inland Steel Building, the whimsical post-modern designs of the Harold Washington Library and 190 S. LaSalle, and contemporary buildings like One South Dearborn, Blue Cross-Blue Shield and the Art Institute's Modern Wing. Isn't about time you learned a little more about the city you live in?
    Modern Architecture Walking Tour

    111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago

    • Explore the international, modern, and postmodern architectural movements that hit Chicago
    • Learn about post-WWII developments and the impact of technological and zoning changes
    • Admire the whimsical designs of famous Chicago structures
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    Tiffany Art Glass Landmarks Walking Tour

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    Ever hear of Tiffany Glass? Hope so. You've probably heard about their bracelets. This tour explores the art glass designed, crafted or installed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, Louis Comfort Tiffany and his contemporaries, in four late 19th Century Chicago landmarks: The Art Institute, The Marquette Building, The Chicago Cultural Center, and Macy's on State Street. Discover mosaics, lighting fixtures, vaults and domes, as well as the buildings in which they are housed, recent restoration efforts, and the history behind this dramatic art form. Become familiar with an even more luxurious side of Tiffany's.
    Tiffany Art Glass Landmarks Walking Tour

    111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago

    • Enjoy the art glass designed, crafted, or installed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company
    • Explore The Art Institute, The Marquette Building, The Chicago Cultural Center, and Macy's on State Street
    • Discover mosaics, lighting fixtures, and the history behind this dramatic art form
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    12 positive reviews
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    Art Deco Architecture Walking Tour

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    Chicago was the place during the roaring '20s with speakeasies galore. On this walking tour, you'll discover the opulent exteriors and interiors of the Roaring '20s Jazz Deco, and the classic finishes of Art Moderne buildings. This two-hour adventure covers the period between the two World Wars, an eclectic design style composed of geometry and simplicity with vibrant colors and simple shapes that celebrate the rise of commerce and technology. This is elegant style and cool sophistication. Trace Chicago's history through Jazz Age architecture, and maybe celebrate with an Old Fashioned!
    Art Deco Architecture Walking Tour

    111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago

    • Discover the opulent exteriors and interiors of the Roaring '20s
    • Learn about the history behind the Jazz Deco movement and the classic finishes of Art Moderne buildings
    • Trace Chicago's history through this architecture
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    12 positive reviews
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    Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour

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    Before the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, Lincoln Park was home to German and Polish immigrants, but since the fire only reached the edge, it grew with the "worthy families" who had been forced out of downtown. On this guided walking tour, learn about the fascinating history of Lincoln Park, and how it has become a cultural center and youthful area with nearby DuPaul University and Notebaert Nature Center! Explore the dark side of this neighborhood beyond its beautiful scenery and collegiate history, including the bloody gang killings on Valentines Day and the capture and eventual death of the infamous Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger. Stop by at the Wise Fool's pub before ending your night with passes to the Kingston BLUES club for a fully encompassing Chi-town experience!
    Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour

    2391 N Stockton Dr, Chicago

    • Learn about the fascinating history of Lincoln Park on this informative guided walking tour
    • Explore a cultural center and youthful area of Chicago with nearby DuPaul University
    • Follow your expert guide to hear about the Valentines Day massacre and the death of the infamous John Dillinger
    • Stop by at the Wise Fool's pub, and end your night with passes to the Kingston BLUES club
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    17 positive reviews
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