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 (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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    12 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

    1907 S Halsted St, 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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    18 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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    12 positive reviews
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    Beginners Krav Maga

    KM Civilian Force hosts a core Krav Maga self-defense program for civilians, modeled after military and law enforcement force programs that blends fitness, as well as training in combatives, self-defense techniques, and ground fighting. Civilian Force was designed to better prepare the average citizen, like yourself, to defend and escape violent and dangerous encounters, while increasing your sense of awareness and ability to recognize potentially dangerous situations before they happen. At Civilian Force, you will have the opportunity to put your self-defense training to the test while being put through a variety of stress, conditioning, and exhaustion drills that will simulate realistic violent encounters and attacks, involving single and multiple attackers. Your goal is to develop the endurance, self-confidence, and mindset necessary to survive an attack by whatever means necessary.
    Beginners Krav Maga

    1043 W Madison St, Chicago

    • Learn how to defend yourself and escape violent, dangerous encounters, while maintaining a keen sense of awareness
    • Develop endurance, intensity, and explosiveness, while creating muscle-memory and incorporating the self-confidence needed to survive an attack
    • Improve your overall strength and flexibility in this high-intensity class
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    Metalwork and Welding

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    You're a do-it-yourself kind of person. You frequently find yourself asking "why buy it, when you can build it?" That's why picking up a new skill is right up your alley -- but woodworking is played out. Welding is where it's at now. At Arc Academy, you'll learn the fundamentals of metalwork and welding from an experienced, friendly instructor. The studio creates a fun environment that's perfect for crafting something unique. Safety is a top priority, so there's no need to worry about your fingers! Become the jack-of-all-trades you know you can be -- learn to the weld!
    Metalwork and Welding

    2223 W Chicago Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to weld metal with an experienced and friendly instructor
    • Feel comfortable with the equipment in a safety-first environment
    • Create something with your hands that you can take home
    • Get a new skill that's incredibly useful and extremely fun
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    7 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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    13 positive reviews
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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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    9 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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    Ballet Basics

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    When was the last time you wore a leotard or twirled around your room on your tiptoes? It's time to rekindle your childish spirit, while simultaneously becoming stronger and more graceful. Taking part in an adult ballet class is good for your body, as well as your mind. Besides promoting cardiovascular fitness and posture, this introductory class provides a welcoming environment for adults with no prior experience. At this level, you will learn the basic positions and concepts of ballet, with exercises at the barre and in the center. It's time to get in shape, and finally live out that childhood dream.
    Ballet Basics

    1016 N Dearborn St, Chicago

    • Learn positions and concepts of ballet with exercises at the barre and in the center
    • Improve your cardiovascular fitness as well as your posture
    • Discover ballet techniques and terminology set to make you confident on the dance floor
    • No experience necessary
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    1 positive reviews
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    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu All Levels

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    Want to learn martial arts, but can't decide which style is right for you? This is your chance to get a free introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or, if you are already a practitioner, brush up on your skills! BJJ utilizes a combination of hip-takedowns and throws that turn your assailant's momentum against them to ensure that, no matter the size-difference, you'll be in a position take your opponent to the ground. You'll practice an arsenal of techniques designed to win the ground game, including chokes and joint locks meant to immobilize. You'll receive instruction from a martial artist trained in the discipline. Your instructor will focus on the fundamentals and teach you how to apply those techniques during live sparring sessions. In addition to building confidence in your ability to win a fight, you'll be getting a great workout that develops both your stamina and flexibility. Find out why BJJ attracts all the hip kids!
    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu All Levels

    1531 W Chicago Ave, Chicago

    • Enjoy a free introduction to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, if you are already a practitioner, brush up on your skills
    • Learn beginner punch, kicks, and takedowns to neutralize your opponents
    • Practice sparring against a real life opponent to see what you're capable of
    • Gain confidence in your ability to defend yourself should the need arise
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    1 positive reviews

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