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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    With all the recent craze about pole fitness, are you finally ready to give it a try? This absolute basics class will impart you with the knowledge you need to get dancing! Learn essential pole moves such as sexy spins and a variety of tricks, as well as vocabulary and terminology from your experienced and encouraging instructor. Have a blast expressing your sensuality while you build up the skills and flexibility necessary to tackle more advanced classes. As you feel your muscles growing stronger and watch the pounds melt away, you'll realize why pole dancing isn't just reserved for strip clubs anymore!
    Intro to Pole

    2539 W North Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the absolute basics of pole dancing during this fully immersive beginner's course
    • Practice essential pole moves such as sexy spins and a variety of tricks
    • All Intro classes end in a short choreography
    • Build up the necessary strength and flexibility to tackle more advanced classes
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    12 positive reviews
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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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    12 positive reviews
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    A Taste of Salsa

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    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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    1 positive reviews
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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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    Street Food (Lincoln Square)

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    No matter where you travel in the world, you're bound to find the most authentic cuisine of a region's culture reflected in the offerings of local street vendors. From the fresh ingredients to the cooking techniques that have been passed down over centuries, their food keeps us coming back for more. Learn the secrets of street food in this unique class where you'll discover how to select the right ingredients and serve up incredible recipes. Create dishes such as lumpia (crispy pork-filled egg rolls), beer-battered fish tacos with chipotle mayo, and beef kofta kebabs (grilled ground beef skewers) with dill yogurt sauce. With so many unique flavors and textures, you'll develop a whole new approach to your weekly dinner menu.
    Street Food (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the secrets to creating some of the tastiest street food
    • Try delicious recipes like cuban sandwiches and beer-battered fish tacos
    • Discover how to select and prepare the best ingredients
    • Develop a new skill sure to please your tastebuds
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    28 positive reviews
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    Know Your Gnocchi (Lincoln Square)

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    These tasty little dumplings of Italian descent are ready to make an appearance at your dinner table. Follow along as a professional chef teaches you the secrets to creating such delicious dishes as potato gnocchi with sausage and leek ragu, spinach gnocchi with roasted garlic butter and toasted breadcrumbs, and cauliflower gnocchi au gratin with roasted red peppers and gorgonzola cheese. As you work alongside classmates, you'll practice essential skills like selecting potatoes, shaping and cooking gnocchi, selecting sausage, and working with leeks. When your dishes are ready, you'll grab a fork and reap the rewards of a job well done.
    Know Your Gnocchi (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of creating Gnocchi from scratch
    • Prepare tasty recipes like potato gnocchi with sausage and leek ragu
    • Practice shaping and cooking gnocchi with the guidance of a professional chef
    • Discover the secrets to cooking up an Italian favorite
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    28 positive reviews
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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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    BYOB Painting

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    A little wine, a little love, and a whole lotta paint are coming your way. Are you ready to loosen up and uncork those creative juices -- along with those of wonderfully aged grapes -- in this painting party? It doesn't matter if you can't paint a straight line or if you're an amateur van Gogh, this class teaches you how to tune into your inner-artist and create a beautiful painting for your home (or gallery!). You'll learn brushstroke techniques, color mixing, composition, and texture. All the while, you will relax and enjoy the lively environment. Keep calm and paint on!
    BYOB Painting

    2015 s. Laflin, Chicago

    • Sip wine and create a painting perfect for your home
    • Learn painting basics, including color mixing, brushwork, composition, and texture
    • Relax with a drink in hand and a brush in the other during this social, creative environment
    • No experience necessary
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    23 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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    Signature Scent Creation

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    What if you had your own signature scent... that wasn't considered B.O.? (ZING!) Oh, jeez. That was bad. Let's start over: Did you know that the art of smell comes in three notes, much like that of a musical chord? You'll learn this and many other interesting facts if you take this smell-worthy workshop! In this lushly scented class, you'll be guided through the nuances of creating a perfume. With the help of paper strips, you'll find your favorite scents while discovering compatible scents that speak to YOU. *Ah.* How refreshing!
    Signature Scent Creation

    2050 N Halsted St, Chicago

    • Create your own uniquely-crafted fragrance and then take it home with you!
    • Test a variety of scent combinations as you create one that speaks to you
    • Receive guided instruction through scent-making from an experienced perfumer
    • Get your smell game going strong!
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    16 positive reviews

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