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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    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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    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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    Intro to Belly Dance

    The mission of Arabesque is to to give Chicago a choice; to open its doors to uncommon dance forms, and give adults an exquisite place to learn that's a refuge for them alone. Take this class to utilize the art of Oriental Dance to enrich the lives of its studentship and community through local and national dance performances as well as through weekly dance instruction. The goal is to help you find the genuine dancer within you -- with your own natural body movements, as the class embraces all shapes and sizes, any fitness level, age, or race without regard to any preconceived notions. To bridge the gap between dance professionals in an open and friendly atmosphere, Arabesque Chicago promotes a new generation of belly dance with Beauty, Dignity and Grace.
    Intro to Belly Dance

    3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Learn basic belly dance movies, like shimmies, isolations, undulations, and snake arms
    • Form the proper footwork, posture, and movements of this popular Middle Eastern dance
    • Boost your self-confidence while you grow to learn how to be comfortable and move in your own body
    • Enjoy the benefits of building muscle in your arms, legs, and abs as you get a fun and unconventional workout
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    Photo Essentials

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    Even with iPhoneography and Instagram, there's a renewed interest in DSLR photography. While most people remain snap-happy photographers stuck on automatic setting, during this Photo Essentials class, you will eliminate the snaps from your diet and learn how to work the manual settings of your camera: white balance, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Once you've mastered these settings, you'll dive into a world of RAW vs. JPG images, Adobe Lightroom, and even the importance of Photoshop. Finally, learn how to use your camera and capture those precious Kodak moments. All you need now is trip to the Eiffel Tower...
    Photo Essentials

    1101 Perimeter Dr, Schaumburg

    • Master your camera's manual settings
    • Learn fundamental functions, concepts and settings such as white balance, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
    • Uncover the uses of RAW and JPG images, Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Photoshop
    • No experience necessary
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    3 positive reviews
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    Aiki Ninjutsu Skills and Drills -- Trial Class

    Have you ever been amazed by a movie, in which someone quickly and efficiently disables a weapon from an oncoming attacker? Yeah, it's pretty awesome. Now you can learn how to do the exact same thing with Aiki Ninjutsu. This unique martial arts class focuses on disabling attackers with extreme precision by using strikes, locks, and throws. You'll also learn proper fighting techniques and movements that have been used by samurais for centuries. With a name like Ninjutsu, which literally translates into "ninja techniques," how could you not want to sign up for this class? Note: This trial class is for first time students only.
    Aiki Ninjutsu Skills and Drills -- Trial Class

    790 Royal St. George Dr, Naperville

    • Discover Ninjutsu, a practical form of martial arts
    • Practice self-defense skills that focus on disabling an attacker as efficiently as possible
    • Learn proper strikes, hits, locks, and throws that were used by samurais and ninjas
    • Focus and train your mind to react instantly
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    Beginner Waltz

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    Take your turn on the dance floor. This social class will teach you the basic steps and turns of waltz, plus leading and following skills. It's a perfect place to learn this classic dance, whether it be for a wedding, special event, or just for plain old fun. You're free to bring a partner to dance with, but don't have to, as the instructors rotate partners during the class. They also keep the atmosphere light and fun, and even encourage you to bring your own beer or wine to loosen up and enhance the night. Well, waltz are you waiting for?
    Beginner Waltz

    2412 W North Ave, Chicago

    • Master one of the most classic, timeless dances in the world
    • Practice leading and following as you turn your way across the dance floor
    • Bring your own beverages and meet new friends in a social atmosphere
    • Enjoy a relaxing, fun time as you pick up a new ballroom ski
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    20 positive reviews
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    BYOB Painting (Libertyville)

    Looking to brush up on your drinking - um, painting skills? This BYOB painting class has got you covered! In this class, you'll get to learn new brush techniques, plus elements of color theory from a professional artist. Whether you're a novice looking to explore a popular creative outlet, or an experienced painter who just wants a fun, relaxed place to paint, you'll find yourself at home in this fun studio. Better still, its a great place to meet others with an interest in arts, getting to know each other over wine or beer. Maybe after you're done painting in class, you can all go out together to paint the town.
    BYOB Painting (Libertyville)

    253 Peterson Rd, Libertyville

    • Partake in a BYOB arts party, using brush and canvas to create a beautiful art piece
    • Work with a professional artist to expand your knowledge of painting and learn new techniques
    • Create an original art piece take home after you're done
    • Enjoy a creative outlet while meeting fellow artists in a social, inspiring environment
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    Hip Hop (All Levels)

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    Hip hop isn't merely a dance. Hip hop examines how to think about the city and the body. When you dance hip hop, you're not only contorting and popping your body, but you're also expressing your personality and background with each juke and rock. In this class, you'll experience a range of movements including popping, locking, waving, ticking, up rocking, juking, foot working, breaking, Old School house, and jacking. Whew. Needless to say, you're learning all of the moves and how they flow together. Trust your body as an instrument and tune yourself up as you'll finally be able to bust a move!
    Hip Hop (All Levels)

    5965 N Clark St, Chicago

    • Learn the fundamental steps and self-expressive manners of hip hop dance
    • Discover a wide range of basic hip hop movements
    • Learn to trust your body as an instrument and be ready to burn some calories
    • No experience necessary
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    21 positive reviews
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    Boxing (South Loop)

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    The boxing fantasy: walk into the gym, perhaps aimlessly yet inspired, and leave a champion! Learn boxing fundamentals and skills that include punching and defending for a comprehensive and well-developed understanding of the sport. The environment is a safe, clean, and professional one that is dedicated to helping its practitioners achieve their goals and reach their fullest potentials. Explore everything from the basics to the determination necessary when stepping into a three-round fight. Improve your balance and footwork and be marveled by the pride of knowing you gave it your all. Experience, first hand, the multi-faceted nature of boxing from its fierce competition to its subtle, artistic form.
    Boxing (South Loop)

    1331 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Punch, step, and defend your way to a stronger grasp and understanding of the art of boxing
    • Learn a variety of skills that will help you bring your game to new peaks and forms
    • Gain the physical benefits that follow an intense, but rewarding training session
    • All skill levels are welcome
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    14 positive reviews
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    Peep Toe Pole Dance

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    Is Richard Simmons' Sweatin to the Oldies not giving you the fun workout you were hoping for? Throw that old VHS away. Peep Toe Pole Dance is an intro pole dancing class that's so much fun you won't even realize you're burning the calories off at a record pace. You'll never experience a sexier, more empowering, and addicting workout. Peep-Toe Pole Dance is designed to introduce you to the art of pole dancing! You'll learn basic spins, sexy choreography, and floor moves. All you need is a positive attitude and a desire for a good time! Step aside, Richard Simmons -- there's a new workout in town.
    Peep Toe Pole Dance

    1843 W Chicago Ave , ​Chicago

    • Learn the basics of Pole Dancing in a fun and supportive environment
    • Practice on the pole as you learn spins, choreography, and floor moves
    • Enjoy encouragement from your friendly instructor
    • Dance in sexy, tantalizing ways, while getting a great workout
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    14 positive reviews

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