5 Classes That Will Make You a Real Chicagoan

January 24, 2020

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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    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

    2110 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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    18 positive reviews
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    Intro to Belly Dance

    The mission of Arabesque is to to give Chicago a choice; to open its doors to uncommon dance forms, and give adults an exquisite place to learn that's a refuge for them alone. Take this class to utilize the art of Oriental Dance to enrich the lives of its studentship and community through local and national dance performances as well as through weekly dance instruction. The goal is to help you find the genuine dancer within you -- with your own natural body movements, as the class embraces all shapes and sizes, any fitness level, age, or race without regard to any preconceived notions. To bridge the gap between dance professionals in an open and friendly atmosphere, Arabesque Chicago promotes a new generation of belly dance with Beauty, Dignity and Grace.
    Intro to Belly Dance

    3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Learn basic belly dance movies, like shimmies, isolations, undulations, and snake arms
    • Form the proper footwork, posture, and movements of this popular Middle Eastern dance
    • Boost your self-confidence while you grow to learn how to be comfortable and move in your own body
    • Enjoy the benefits of building muscle in your arms, legs, and abs as you get a fun and unconventional workout
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    Boxing

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    From the young adult needing to relieve stress after work, to the nurse who loves punching bags and is working on self-defense, all are welcome when it comes to boxing. During this class with REACH Beyond Fitness, enjoy professional-level boxing training, whether you're training for an upcoming fight or for your gut. You're going to hit some bags, knock off some steam, and become a part of a community of boxers living a fit and healthy lifestyle. Discipline your body... and anyone who tries to fight you.
    Boxing

    1601 W Chicago Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the fundamentals of boxing, including jabs, crosses, hooks, and uppercuts
    • Practice your techniques on punching bags
    • Gain flexibility and improve muscular development during this cardiovascular training session
    • No experience necessary
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    6 positive reviews
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    Forms (Poomse - Tae Kwon Do)

    For success in the discipline of TaeKwonDo, it's a must that you have great form and technique! These essential patterns and movements are what distinguishes TaeKwonDo from other types of martial arts. Come learn the necessities for having great form and develop the skills that will have you practicing TaeKwonDo like a seasoned master. Don't let poor form hold you back from being the best fighter and martial artist you can be. Learning these forms and patterns of movement will be the difference maker in helping you stand out from the rest!
    Forms (Poomse - Tae Kwon Do)

    454 Redington Dr,, South Elgin

    • Learn the forms of TaeKwonDo in a class that focuses on the importance of technique
    • Find new layers to this martial art that will make your skills stand out
    • Experience TaeKwonDo from a traditional depth of training and understanding
    • Learn the patterns of movement of TaeKwonDo
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    Tae Kwon Do Sparring

    Ready to put your sparring skills up to the test? This sparring class, focusing on the discipline of Tae Kwon Do, will give you the chance to learn the skill set necessary to take on fierce opponents. You will be taught in a way that focuses on the dynamics of sparring that are important to strengthening skills and self-confidence, and also enhance endurance and self-discipline. Both heightened learning and positive attitudes will be the main components of this fun, invigorating, and exciting medium for competition. Experience Olympic-style Tae Kwon Do sparring and embrace this legendary martial art!
    Tae Kwon Do Sparring

    454 Redington Dr,, South Elgin

    • Put your fighting abilities to the test in this adult Tae Kwon Do sparring class
    • Build self-esteem and positive attitudes through healthy competition
    • Experience Olympic-style sparring designed to foster learning and training
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