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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    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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    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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    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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    Cha Cha Cha

    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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    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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    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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    3 Hole Golf Playing Lesson

    The best way to learn is to get out there and do it. Isn't that how you learn everything, from riding a bike to jumping off a diving board and not landing on your belly? That's the approach Gil Davis Golf takes on this Three-Hole Golf Playing Lesson. Here, you'll take to the links with a golf pro who will review your game in action. From there, receive critiques and learn how to play certain shots, and the right situations to do so. This is a great way for fixing blow up holes or simply improving your score when it counts. Practice makes perfect. So get out and practice!
    3 Hole Golf Playing Lesson

    6700 S Kedize Ave, Chicago

    • Play three holes of golf with a Gil Davis golf professional
    • Receive in-game critiques and learn how to play certain shots in specific situations
    • Correct your golf game to avoid blow up holes
    • All experience levels welcome
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