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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    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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    14 positive reviews
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    Boxing (South Loop)

    (13)
    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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    13 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, New York

    • 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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    20 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, New York

    • 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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    13 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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    Beginner Camera Workshop

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    Veer away from Instagram and iPhoneography. Take your DSLR off "automatic" and uncover the manual settings. At Richard Stromberg's Chicago Photography Classes, you'll learn basic DSLR camera operations, including an overview of camera controls, the exposure meter, and discussion lenses. You will also discover the fundamentals in order to take better pictures every time you pick up your camera. Take advantage of this opportunity because it's about time you left the Instagram filters and the snap happy attitude behind. You're about to master the basics of real photography. Ready?
    Beginner Camera Workshop

    4001 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago

    • Master basic DSLR camera operations like aperture and exposure
    • Discover and become comfortable with your DSLR's manual controls and settings
    • Learn concepts like lighting and photographic thinking to take better pictures
    • No experience necessary
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    17 positive reviews
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    Basic Cake Decorating

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    After this class, decorating cakes will be a piece of .... Well, cake! Grab a premade chocolate cake and turn it into a work of edible art! You'll learn to level, cut, and fill like a professional during this hands-on class. Color buttercream with gel color, master the art of crumb coating, find out how to fill a piping bag, learn to use a coupler, and master piping techniques such as rosettes, shell bordering, dots, and handwriting! The icing on the cake? You get to take your project home with you!
    Basic Cake Decorating

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Master the art of cake decoration during a hands-on workshop
    • Level a premade cake, fill it, and crumb coat it
    • Learn to fill a piper and use it to create rosettes, shell borders, and handwriting
    • Take your cake home with you to share and enjoy
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    12 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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    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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    9 positive reviews

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