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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    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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    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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    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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    Quick Indian Meals

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    Often, there isn't time to make a full meal after an exhausting day. Who has time to sculpt something from scratch? During this Indian cooking class, build upon your foundation of spices and techniques. You'll learn healthy, quick, and wholesome recipes for everyday living, creating dishes like aloo puri (whole wheat bread with tandoori potatoes), pav bhaji (spiced mixed vegetables on open bun), and raita (spiced yogurt). Uncover the secrets of Indian quick eats and stop resorting to those frozen dinners.
    Quick Indian Meals

    6730 S Euclid Ave, Chicago

    • Build upon your repertoire of spices and culinary techniques
    • Learn healthy, quick Indian recipes for everyday living
    • Cook up dishes such as aloo puri, pav bhaji, and raita
    • No experience necessary
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    8 positive reviews
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    Chicken 101 (Merchandise Mart)

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    In this class, a professional chef will take you through 3 culinary techniques that will have you looking at chicken in a whole new way. Work alongside classmates as you grill, braise, and roast your way through a variety of dishes. Along with cooking techniques, you'll also learn tips to help you select your meat, pair it with produce, and determine its doneness. Your menu will include delectable dishes such as orange and soy glazed chicken with gingery grilled pineapple, Arabian spiced chicken and rice with yogurt sauce, and ancho chile-roasted whole chicken with winter squash-hominy hash. Once you've finished cooking, you'll take a seat at the table with your classmates and raise a fork to your handmade feast.
    Chicken 101 (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the best ways to cook up your favorite dinnertime protein
    • Practice three techniques taught by a professional chef
    • Cook delicious dishes like Arabian spiced chicken and rice with yogurt sauce
    • Gain new culinary approaches to a kitchen staple
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    8 positive reviews
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    Knife Skills Plus (Lincoln Square)

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    Take your knife skills to the next level with this advanced group class that combines both cutting and cooking to get the most out of your culinary exploration. With your professional instructor leading the way, you'll learn the proper techniques to cut challenging foods like potatoes, mangoes, pineapples, squash, leeks, oranges, and avocados. Enjoy the fruits of your labor (literally) as you transform your handiwork into delicious recipes including pineapple, mango, and tomato salsa with tortilla chips and Fregola pasta with caramelized butternut squash, apples, and walnuts. You'll also learn the art of selecting produce and how to properly balance flavors in your cooking.
    Knife Skills Plus (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to cut more challenging produce and feast on the fruits of your labor
    • Practice techniques such as mincing, chopping, slicing, and dicing
    • Work in groups to cook up a delicious meal
    • Develop new skills as you challenge yourself in the kitchen
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    25 positive reviews
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    Neapolitan Pizzeria (Merchandise Mart)

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    If your idea of an awesome pizza night is opening up the freezer and pulling out a square box covered in frostbite, you'd be wise to read on. Learn to make authentic Neapolitan pizza with your own two hands in this all-levels class perfect for the culinary neophyte. With fellow classmates by your side, you'll cook up such tasty creations as crispy-fried calamari with marinara sauce, prosciutto pizza bianca, and grilled fennel, artichoke, and goat cheese pizza. Master skills like selecting squid, deep frying, making and rolling yeast dough, preparing tomato sauce, and baking on a pizza stone. When the pies are out of the oven, you'll sit down and grab a slice to celebrate your culinary victory.
    Neapolitan Pizzeria (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn to create the perfect Neapolitan pizza
    • Master techniques such as preparing dough and baking on a pizza stone
    • Cook up tasty pies with ingredients like grilled fennel, artichoke, and goat cheese
    • Put away the takeout menu and bring a fresh approach to pizza night
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    8 positive reviews

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