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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    11 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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    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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    11 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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    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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    Muay Thai Introductory Class

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    Muay Thai's more than a martial art. It's the science of mastering eight limbs -- the hands, feet, elbows, and knees. This effective fighting form even helped Thailand survive the Burmese invasion. During this martial arts class, you'll learn all about the basics of muay thai. These include footwork, punching, elbowing, and kneeing opponents. You will also cover basic pad work and cardio conditioning, to test your arms, legs, and abs. Tailored to improve fighting and self-defense skills, you'll quickly be on your way to an insanely fit, toned body with the endurance to take on any challenge. Step onto the mat and find your eight limbs.
    Muay Thai Introductory Class

    2271 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago

    • Practice muay thai fundamentals that utilize the hands, elbows, knees, and feet
    • Get an intense workout, as you engage in basic pad work and cardio conditioning
    • Improve your overall strength, fitness, and self-defense skills
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    3 positive reviews
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    Nap

    America's pretty great, we can all agree on that. But one non-American tradition that the good ol' red, white and blue could stand to adopt is that of the mid-day siesta; You know, NASA studies say that a short nap leads to 34% more productivity through the rest of the day! Come down to Bottom Line Yoga to catch a few Z's and give yourself a midday energy boost. They'll provide you a plush nap mat, blankets, pillows, and a complimentary wake up! If you're a light sleeper, they can hook you up with eye-pillows and ear plugs. It'll be just like pre-school, except now you've REALLY got no excuse for eating crayons.
    Nap

    141 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago

    • Take a half hour out of your day to snooze in a comfortable, relaxing location
    • Increase your productivity by giving your brain and body a reset
    • Relax on a comfortable nap bed, with blankets, pillows, eye pillows, and ear plugs provided
    • Don't worry about oversleeping -- you'll receive a complimentary wake-up!
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    Mixed Martial Arts (Orland Park)

    Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) stays true to its title. A variety of different skills and practical ideas will be drawn from several martial arts to help broaden your view of fighting. You will develop new skills like self-defense tactics, maneuvers, and submissions, and experience what it feels like to enter into the ultimate fighting challenge. On top of that, you will get a workout that will help you sharpen up to complete physical and mental performance and focus. Expect an intense training that will be difficult, but absolutely rewarding. Come show your grit and endurance while having plenty of great fun.
    Mixed Martial Arts (Orland Park)

    9050 W 159th St, Orland Park

    • Learn the fundamental moves and techniques of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
    • Strengthen your fighting abilities exploring the expanse of styles in MMA
    • Train in an environment that really pushes you
    • All skill levels are welcome
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