5 Classes That Will Make You a Real Chicagoan

July 28, 2016

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 (Wrigleyville)

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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 (Wrigleyville)

    3215 N Broadway 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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    7 positive reviews
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    Boxing (River North)

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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 (River North)

    644 N Orleans St, 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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    3 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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    5 positive reviews
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    Painting for Couples

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    Looking to paint the town with your sweetheart? This art class designed for couples might be just what you're looking for! You'll have the opportunity to work on your canvas technique under the guidance of a professional artist, while learning to create a beautiful work of art. Past art projects have been centered on themes of relationships and romance, so after you're finished, exchanging canvases will make a great way to commemorate the evening. Or, if you're the competitive types, see which painting can net the most value on Ebay! Either way, you'll get points for originality on this date!
    Painting for Couples

    1907 S Halsted St, Chicago

    • Enjoy a couples only painting workshop with your significant other
    • Improve you brush technique and indulge your creative side
    • Take your finished painting home with you to keep or gift
    • Share an artistic experience and show off your creative side
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    12 positive reviews
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    Wet Felting in Artist Studio

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    When you arrive at Ausrine's Arts Room you will be welcomed by the artist and gallery owner Ausrine Kerr. First enjoy a private tour of the studio and gallery. Ausrine will then show you fiber art, works on paper, leather and explain the methods and answer your questions. Next you will become an art student. You will be provided with the space to work in the studio and all the materials and tools . You will learn about wet felting process, different wool fibers, Nuno felting ( laminating wool on silk). During 3 hours of the hands on workshop period you will get the chance to create your own 2D or 3D felted art piece. Free snacks will be provided.
    Wet Felting in Artist Studio

    1123 Florence Ave, Evanston

    • Take a visit to Ausrine's Arts Room in Evanston
    • Here you will take a private tour lead by the artist and owner herself
    • Then you will create your own art piece yourself!
    • Let out your inner artist in this wet felting class
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    1 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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    11 positive reviews
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    Knife Skills (Lincoln Square)

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    Get down to basics with an introduction to knife skills that will have you cutting through that cabbage like a pro in no time. Learn how to properly select the right tool for the job as you review the uses for different types of knives. Practice slicing, dicing, and mincing as you use vegetables and herbs to help you develop the proper techniques. You'll also learn how to select and care for your knives, ensuring your safety as well as a better kitchen experience. Whether you're new to the art of cooking or simply want to brush up your skills, this class is perfect for all those looking to harness the power of the blade.
    Knife Skills (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of knife technique and maintenance in this introductory class
    • Practice techniques such as mincing, chopping, slicing, and dicing
    • Discover proper safety and care strategies
    • Develop a new skill that will spice up your kitchen routine
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    23 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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    4 positive reviews
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    Pie 101

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    Aspiring to be the next Betty Crocker? In desperate need of some comfort food? Forgot to get your Grandma a gift? The solution to all your problems, big or small, is here. And it's pie. Learn to bake a flawless, flaky, delicious seasonal pie with help from the pros. Roll, knead, fill, and bake your way to a dessert that looks straight off a home cooking magazine. At the end of your baking lesson, share your masterpiece with your friends, give it as a gift, or keep it all to yourself -- we won't judge. So get to work Betty Crocker, you've got a pie to make.
    Pie 101

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Enhance your baking skills in this 2-hour culinary class
    • Learn to make delicious, flaky pie crust from scratch
    • Use seasonal fruit to bake a picture-perfect fruit pie
    • Enjoy time with your friends as you bake delicious desserts side by side!
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    13 positive reviews
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    Flexibility On The Floor

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    It's no stretch to say that this class will have you pulling your own weight. Built around targeted floor-based exercises, you'll be engaged in a unique flexibility program designed to expand your range of motion using a combination of active and dynamic stretches. These actions will not only elongate your muscles, but also condition them to improve performance in a variety of ancillary activities, including dancing. Additionally, focused stretch classes are an excellent way to reduce stress and boost positive outlook. It's also your chance to become part of a vibrant and supportive community. Sometimes it's good to try new directions.
    Flexibility On The Floor

    1550 W. Carroll Ave, Chicago

    • Partake in an exhilarating and muscle-elongating flexibility program in a premier pole-dance studio
    • Practice active and dynamic forms and motions together for uniquely efficient muscle conditioning
    • Reap the mental health benefits of a full body stretch program, including increased positive outlook
    • Enjoy working your body out its full potential, achieving a rewarding sweat in a fun environment
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    20 positive reviews

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