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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    Cha Cha Cha

    Looking to improve your game at Latin club night? Salsa too popular? As salsa dance rises on the mainstream, cha-cha-cha's ready to take the scene. Cousin to salsa and mambo, the dance started in Cuba as a "Triple Step Mambo" or salsa with a stutter step. During this beginner dance class, you'll swing your hips and stomp to the rhythms of Latin culture -- two-three-cha-cha-cha! Remember, this dance arrives a beat late to the party, but the cha-cha-cha will keep you smiling all night!
    Cha Cha Cha

    600 W. Roosevelt , Chicago

    • Get a taste of Latin dance through the cha-cha-cha
    • Learn essential cha-cha-cha steps, turns, movements, and hip gyrations
    • Explore the rhythms with a Latin feel and familiarize yourself with this popular Cuban dance
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    A Taste of Salsa

    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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    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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    Cumbia Dance

    What do you get when you cross Colombian folklore with a bit of rock 'n' roll? The answer is Cumbia. Originally a folkloric dance from Colombia danced barefoot, and now danced socially all over Latin America and worldwide, Cumbia is a strong dance that looks like a mix of swing dancing and rock 'n' roll to the downbeat of energetic Cumbia music. In this beginner class, you'll learn the nightclub version of Cumbia that's popular in Mexico. Swing and shake to the pulsating electronic beats, and dance the hypnotic Cumbia.
    Cumbia Dance

    600 W. Roosevelt , Chicago

    • Combine elements of swing dancing and rock 'n' roll to learn the popular Mexican dance, Cumbia
    • Get a fun workout as you dance to the pulsating beats
    • Explore Colombian folklore in a modern fashion
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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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    3 Hole Golf Playing Lesson

    The best way to learn is to get out there and do it. Isn't that how you learn everything, from riding a bike to jumping off a diving board and not landing on your belly? That's the approach Gil Davis Golf takes on this Three-Hole Golf Playing Lesson. Here, you'll take to the links with a golf pro who will review your game in action. From there, receive critiques and learn how to play certain shots, and the right situations to do so. This is a great way for fixing blow up holes or simply improving your score when it counts. Practice makes perfect. So get out and practice!
    3 Hole Golf Playing Lesson

    6700 S Kedize Ave, Chicago

    • Play three holes of golf with a Gil Davis golf professional
    • Receive in-game critiques and learn how to play certain shots in specific situations
    • Correct your golf game to avoid blow up holes
    • All experience levels welcome
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    Get to Know Your Camera: Hands-on DSLR Camera Class

    This DSLR camera class is about taking control of your digital camera, setting you free to photograph the things you love most. You'll receive a fundamental understanding of how your digital camera works, enabling you to think for yourself. The goal is to build your confidence and knowledge so you're ready to photograph your favorite subject, no matter what that is. Ultimately, you'll learn about the necessary tools and hear the sound guidance needed to get started, whether you just want to take better pictures of your children or have thoughts of pursuing a professional photography career.
    Get to Know Your Camera: Hands-on DSLR Camera Class

    6200 Belmont Rd, Downers Grove

    • Take control of your DSLR camera and leave the auto modes behind
    • Build your confidence and knowledge while you photograph the things you love most
    • Learn the fundamentals so you can think on your on feet
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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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    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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    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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