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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    Beginning Hip Hop Dance

    Live out your fantasy of being the next hip hop star by taking a fun dance class. You will learn the basics of hip hop from professionals. As you listen to some hot music, you can polish your technique and come up with your own moves. Test your creativity and show off your unique style at the same time. This class will not only teach you the basics, it will give you the confidence to try new choreography that rivals your favorite YouTube video.
    Beginning Hip Hop Dance

    1937 S Archer Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the basics of hip hop dancing in this energetic class
    • Practice pops, locks and in an encouraging environment
    • Get a great workout while having fun
    • Mimic your favorite dance videos
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    4 positive reviews
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    BYOB Painting

    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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    2 positive reviews
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    Muay Thai Introductory Class

    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

    2440 North Lincoln 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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    Signature Scent Creation

    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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    Introductory Private Wedding Dance Lesson (South Loop)

    Got a Big Day on the horizon, and a bit nervous about that first dance? Don’t land face first in your own wedding cake … Dazzle your guests with a fancy number designed just for you and your significant other! You'll work with a professional instructor to master fundamental footwork, leading and following techniques, common in partner dance. This will help you become more comfortable on the dance floor with your partner no matter what music you’re dancing to. As part of this package, your instructor can also help you choreograph a dance set to your wedding song, and prepare a video to help you keep practicing at home all the way up to the day you tie the knot. Learn to dance. Save your cake!
    Introductory Private Wedding Dance Lesson (South Loop)

    410 S Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to dance with your significant other during a private wedding dance lesson
    • Pick up basic dance steps for any song and become more comfortable on the dance floor
    • Work with your instructor to prepare a first dance choreographed just for you
    • Spend some fun quality time with your significant other
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    1 positive reviews
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    Boxing (River North)

    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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    Martial Arts/Boxing

    You’re getting bored of the same workout routine everyday: Monday, weights then treadmill; Tuesday, weights then treadmill; Wednesday… what do you know? Weights then treadmill. Switch it up and kick up the intensity of your workout with this high-energy boxing class at Midwest Training Center! Start off by learning the foundations of this popular martial art and combat sport. If you put your mind to it, you will increase your strength, speed, and endurance, sharpening your reflexes as you practice a series of offensive and defensive maneuvers. Don’t expect your coach to give you a break! You'll be pushed to your physical limits. You will grunt. You will wheeze. And you will unintentionally curse at your coach as you perform every extra set you think you can't do. But at the end of the hour, after you catch your breath, you will feel on top of the world! The instructor for this boxing class is Shannon States, an experienced trainer who has coached and conditioned famous names like Felice Herrig, a female mixed martial arts fighter.
    Martial Arts/Boxing

    455 E State Pkwy, Schaumburg

    • Learn the fundamentals of boxing, a high-intensity martial art and combat sport
    • Practice throwing and dodging punches -- your instructor will keep you on your toes
    • Increase your strength, speed, and endurance and sharpen your reflexes
    • Take pride in training under Shannon States, an experienced boxing coach
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    4 positive reviews
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    Zumba

    Experience Zumba, a fusion of hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. The philosophy is simple: you should want to work out not only because it's good for you, but because you love it, too! With Zumba, you'll achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast during an exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-toning, with awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate you for life. Join the revolution -- and finally get the results you’ve always wanted!
    Zumba

    1890 N Milwaukee, Chicago

    • Experience Zumba, a fusion of hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow exercise moves
    • Achieve long-term benefits while having fun during an exciting hour of calorie-burning
    • Tone your entire body as you simultaneously get a great cardio workout
    • Build strength, stamina, and self-esteem while achieving your dream body
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    3 positive reviews
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    Sports History and Landmark Tour

    See the homes of Chicago's iconic sports teams as you are escorted in a comfortable van to the city’s top sports parks, learning the history of each during your journey. Begin by visiting the home of the Chicago Cubs—Wrigley Field. Originally built in 1914 as Weeghman Park for the Chicago Federal League baseball team, the Chicago Whales, the stadium name was changed when chewing-gum titan William Wrigley Jr. purchased the team in 1921. Next, stop at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls basketball team and Blackhawks hockey team, to see the bronze Michael Jordan statue, officially known as The Spirit. A tourist favorite, the statue was created shortly after Jordan’s retirement to commemorate his 3-consecutive NBA championships as a Chicago Bull. Your next destination is the oldest NFL stadium, Soldier Field. This lakefront field is home to the Chicago Bears.
    Sports History and Landmark Tour

    Hotel pickup, Chicago

    • If you are a sports fanatic, this tour is for you!
    • This tour shuttle you and your friends to the top sports parks in Chicago for the ultimate photo op
    • You will visit Chicago's historic Wrigley Field - built in 1914, the United Center - home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks
    • End the tour at the Harry Caray's Water Tower with admission to the Chicago Sports Museum!
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    Improvisation & Music Theory

    You may know what jazz music is, but do you know what jazz music is in theory? This workshop is a perfect compliment for students of jazz and tap dance, as it delves into music theory as it applies to jazz. During this class, you will explore at least one jazz song, breaking it down into it's constituent aspects. After a deep study of the song, you'll spend time developing your ability to spontaneously choreograph tap dance routines to match the music. Doing so will build your ability to think fast and improvise, taking your dance skills to all new levels. This of course will come in handy if you ever get challenged to an old school tap-off.
    Improvisation & Music Theory

    5965 N Clark St, Chicago

    • Learn the fundamentals of jazz music theory and how to break down a song’s components
    • Use your song knowledge to choreograph perfectly executed tap routines
    • Develop your ability to think quickly while tap dancing in order to improvise your moves
    • Enhance your ability to enjoy jazz music through understanding its basic elements
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    6 positive reviews

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