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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    Chicago Rivers, Parks, and Architecture Tour

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    Experience the architecture of Chicago on a unique segway cruise along the river-walk. You will be able to view iconic bridges, parks, and skyscrapers as you glide effortlessly from along each location. You will see "The Bean" up close and personal as you roll through Millennium Park and along Chicago's historic Michigan Avenue. See the lakefront from DuSable and Monroe Harbors with majestic views of Navy Pier at the mouth of the Chicago River. Finally, you will top off the tour by gliding through Grant Park where you'll stop at Buckingham Fountain to see the water display and glamorous views of Chicago's lakefront and skyline. Why walk or float, when you can glide! All riders must be at least 12 years of age and weigh a minimum of 100 pounds. All riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The maximum recommended weight limit as specified by the manufacturer, Segway, LLC, is 260 pounds. It is not recommended that pregnant women and any person with health restrictions, seizure disorders, intolerance or sensitivity to extreme heat and sun, or persons who have had recent prosthetic surgery participate in this activity. Riders must be capable of standing for extended periods of time.
    Chicago Rivers, Parks, and Architecture Tour

    300 E Monroe St, Chicago

    • Experience the rivers, parks, and architecture of Chicago atop a nimble segway
    • See iconic figures of Chicago including The Bean, Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue, DuSable Harbor, Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain
    • Learn about the history of the area and the architecture from a knowledgeable tour guide
    • Stop for great photo opportunities and see the sites from the effortless glide of a segway
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    18 positive reviews
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    Expert Level Muay Thai

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    Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand -- the art form is so old it was developed as a means to fight the invading Burmese warriors. The "Art of Eight Limbs," incorporates devastating kicks, punches, knees, and elbows. You'll find that this style is much like cardio kickboxing, but you'll learn how to realistically fight and defend yourself in the process. Whether you're learning for self-defense purposes or you're just looking for a toned body, Muay Thai will kick you into shape and keep your guard up and ready.
    Expert Level Muay Thai

    520 Madison Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the devastating kicks, punches, knees, and elbows used in Muay Thai
    • Fight your way to proper self-defense
    • Tone and shape your body in this high-intensity martial arts class
    • No experience necessary
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    3 positive reviews
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    Boxing Class

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    At TITLE Boxing Club's Boxing Class, you don't have to be a pro boxer to feel like a champion. Bring your exercise routine to the next level with a total body boxing workout that will get you in shape, force you to push yourself, and give you an incredibly fun time. You'll not only boost your fitness, but boost all areas of your life. With the confidence you'll get from this class, anything is possible. Whether you're just learning how to put on boxing gloves or you're a longtime boxing veteran, this class is open to all levels. So no excuses!
    Boxing Class

    1212 S Naper Blvd, Naperville

    • Jab, hook, and block your way to superior fitness of body and mind in this intense one-hour class
    • 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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    BYOB Mixed Media Art (Libertyville)

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    Looking to express yourself, but having a hard time doing it? Two things about this arts class will fix that problem fast. First, it's mixed media, meaning access to multiple artistic implements with which to create your vision. And second, it's BYOB, meaning...well, there's nothing like popping the cork on a bottle of wine to get the creative juices flowing. You'll be free to explore your artistic side in a bright, social studio environment, supported by a professional artist who can show you the ropes if you're a novice artist. In addition to being a great creative outlet, this class is a great place to meet new friends who share your flare for mixed media art!
    BYOB Mixed Media Art (Libertyville)

    253 Peterson Rd, Libertyville

    • Partake in a BYOB arts party, using mixed media tools and components to create original works
    • Work with a professional artist to expand your knowledge of the arts and learn new techniques
    • Create an original art piece to take home after you're done
    • Enjoy a creative outlet while meeting fellow artists in a social, inspiring environment
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    1 positive reviews
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    A Taste of Salsa

    Swing ended decades ago. Salsa is the latest club sensation, captivating club goers with its sensual movements and pure Latin passion. So why do you insist on standing in the corner? This class is perfect for beginners, and you'll learn all the essentials of salsa: how to connect each intricate maneuver, leading/following, turn combinations, rock steps, and even tap steps. Feel the rhythm. Let the Latin passion take over your body, and become the center of attention, and affection, at the club.
    A Taste of Salsa

    600 W. Roosevelt , Chicago

    • Learn salsa fundamentals like the steps, lead/follow, turn combinations, rock step, tap step/4x4 timing
    • Receive personal instruction in a fun and intimate environment
    • Discover the Latin passion in this welcoming beginner's class
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    Bachata

    Formed in the Dominican Republic, bachata is famous for its sexy movements, musical instruments, and the close proximity between dance partners -- yes, your hips will be touching. In this dance class, learn the essential steps and rhythms of traditional bachata. Sensually swaying and popping your hips, you'll titillate and alleviate any pressure you once felt on the dance floor. Get ready to uncover a sensual side of yourself that you never knew existed, as the Latin passion takes over your body.
    Bachata

    600 W. Roosevelt , Chicago

    • Learn the sensual movements and techniques behind traditional Dominican bachata dance
    • Explore the eclectic rhythms as you become familiar with the steps
    • Hold your partner closely and channel your inner passionate dancer
    • No experience necessary
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    Intro to Pole

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    Tired of traveling on the straight and narrow path? Give your life a 360-degree spin with a pole dance class! Pole dance, you say? Believe it! Pole-dance mania is all the rage on the fitness circuit, and this is your chance to get in on the excitement. Tap into your sexy side, build your confidence, and develop a rockin' bod at the same time! Flight Fitness Studio's introductory class is designed for newbies, or those who are looking to get back into the program. Learn basic floor work, transitions, and pole postures. Dance to thumpin' beats at the same time, and pick up some choreography basics. Oh, and bring your sultry! This isn't your grandma's pole dance class!
    Intro to Pole

    583 E Dundee Rd, Palatine

    • Get into pole dance with an energetic class designed for beginners
    • Master basic poses, transitions, and floor work while dancing to fun beats
    • Develop your flexibility and stamina, and tone your body
    • Discover a social and supportive dance studio and build your confidence
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    11 positive reviews
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    Cumbia Dance

    What do you get when you cross Colombian folklore with a bit of rock 'n' roll? The answer is Cumbia. Originally a folkloric dance from Colombia danced barefoot, and now danced socially all over Latin America and worldwide, Cumbia is a strong dance that looks like a mix of swing dancing and rock 'n' roll to the downbeat of energetic Cumbia music. In this beginner class, you'll learn the nightclub version of Cumbia that's popular in Mexico. Swing and shake to the pulsating electronic beats, and dance the hypnotic Cumbia.
    Cumbia Dance

    600 W. Roosevelt , Chicago

    • Combine elements of swing dancing and rock 'n' roll to learn the popular Mexican dance, Cumbia
    • Get a fun workout as you dance to the pulsating beats
    • Explore Colombian folklore in a modern fashion
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    Front Yard Running Tour

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    We know what you're thinking, "been there, done that." But have you "BEAN there, done that"?? Join City Running Tours Chicago for a special workout and tour combo! Starting your tour at the famous "Bean," you'll run through Millennium Park and Grant Park, known as Chicago's Front Yard. See the famous Buckingham Fountain and Cloud Gate, and visit "off the path" sites like the John Logan Sculpture and Agora, all the while learning the surprising history of how Chicago's parks came to be. You'll snap plenty of photos along the way, including one with the city's beautiful skyline behind you. You're about to go hard. ChicaGO hard.
    Front Yard Running Tour

    Central Loop, Chicago

    • Enjoy a running tour through Millennium and Grant Park, AKA Chicago's Front Yard
    • See sites like the Buckingham Fountain, Cloud Gate, the John Logan Sculpture and more
    • Snap a bunch of stellar photos on your way, including one of the beautiful Chicago skyline
    • Get a great workout while discovering a whole new side of Chicago
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    23 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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