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.

(20 activities)
Reset Filters
  • Book Now

    Boxing (South Loop)

    (11)
    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
    BOOK NOW ← Back
    11 positive reviews
  • Book Now

    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
    BOOK NOW ← Back
  • Book Now

    Meditation

    Stop thinking so hard! Unlock the doors to a deeper consciousness and get in touch with your inner-self during a peaceful meditation session. You'll sit in bountiful silence as you're walked through a guided session of mindfulness practice, becoming aware of your breathing and body, while letting disruptive thoughts fall by the wayside. Meditation has been clinically proven to provide numerous health benefits, not the least of which is that awareness practice leaves participants feeling positive about themselves, and thus more able to successfully take on the hardships of everyday life. As you become more adept at mediation, you'll be able to delve further into your quietude, achieving ever more satisfying results. Taking meditation is a no-brainer.
    Meditation

    790 Royal St. George Dr, Naperville

    • Enjoy a guided meditation session to promote relaxation, clarity, and awareness
    • Learn proper breathing and body positioning so that you can practice anytime you want
    • Discover a practice that is proven to have multiple health benefits
    • Feel immediate improvements in your physical, emotional, and mental well-being
    BOOK NOW ← Back
  • Book Now

    Peep Toe Pole Dance

    (13)
    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
    BOOK NOW ← Back
    13 positive reviews
  • Book Now

    Boxing (Wrigleyville)

    (9)
    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
    BOOK NOW ← Back
    9 positive reviews
  • Book Now

    Boxing (River North)

    (3)
    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
    BOOK NOW ← Back
    3 positive reviews
  • Book Now

    Muay Thai Introductory Class

    (3)
    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
    BOOK NOW ← Back
    3 positive reviews
  • Book Now

    Soy Candle Making

    (12)
    This workshop makes scents. If you love aromatic candles, but don't like spending top-dollar on the best brands, you'll enjoying learning to make your own soy-based candles. Soy candles are inexpensive and fun to make, and tend to burn longer than paraffin candles. Plus, you can scent them just the way you like them, and they make great gifts for friends and family, or even fantastic products to sell yourself. The ingredients used in this class are all-natural, and American made, and because they're soy-based, you'll be producing a product that isn't derived from refined oil, doesn't cause headaches, and leaves little soot behind. Soy whatcha waitin' for?
    Soy Candle Making

    1907 S Halsted St, Chicago

    • Learn to make soy-based candles that burn long and deliver soothing scents
    • Work with a natural material that is clean, safe, and inexpensive
    • Take home a handmade 16 oz. candle to enjoy
    • Discover a new hobby that you can use to make handmade gifts or sellable products
    BOOK NOW ← Back
    12 positive reviews
  • Book Now

    Expert Level Muay Thai

    Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand -- the art form is so old it was developed as a means to fight the invading Burmese warriors. The "Art of Eight Limbs," incorporates devastating kicks, punches, knees, and elbows. You'll find that this style is much like cardio kickboxing, but you'll learn how to realistically fight and defend yourself in the process. Whether you're learning for self-defense purposes or you're just looking for a toned body, Muay Thai will kick you into shape and keep your guard up and ready.
    Expert Level Muay Thai

    520 Madison Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the devastating kicks, punches, knees, and elbows used in Muay Thai
    • Fight your way to proper self-defense
    • Tone and shape your body in this high-intensity martial arts class
    • No experience necessary
    BOOK NOW ← Back
  • Book Now

    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    Are you ready to take your self-defense capabilities to the next level? This class will expose you to the basics of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a martial art, combat sport, and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling -- and especially ground fighting! Learn how to defend yourself against a stronger and larger assailant by using leverage and proper techniques to take the fight to the ground. Then, gain the tools to apply various joint-locks and chokeholds as well. Get a great full body workout as you build confidence and discipline. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not solely a martial art; it is also a sport, a method for promoting physical fitness, and a road to building character. Come experience the workout of a lifetime!
    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    516 W Campus Dr, Arlington Heights

    • Learn the basics of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and gain insight on how to kick, punch, and take down opponents
    • Build strength, stamina, and balance through grappling and ground combat exercises
    • Experience a challenging, fun, and rewarding full body workout
    • No experience necessary
    BOOK NOW ← Back

Page 1 of 2

Kind words from our customers