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)

    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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    10 positive reviews
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    Hip Hop (All Levels)

    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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    6 positive reviews
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    Boxing (Orland Park)

    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 (Orland Park)

    9050 W 159th St, Orland Park

    • 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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    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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    Peep Toe Pole Dance

    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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    Boxing (Oak Lawn)

    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 (Oak Lawn)

    10137 S Harlem, Oak Lawn

    • 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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    Mixed Martial Arts (South Loop)

    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 (South Loop)

    1331 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • 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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    10 positive reviews
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    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
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    Boxing (Wrigleyville)

    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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    4 positive reviews
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    Mixed Martial Arts Intro

    Are you afraid all the time? Does walking down the street make your heart race? Do your co-workers pick on you and borrow your stuff without asking? And then when they do return it, it’s broken or has something sticky on it? It sucks, but there’s nothing you can do about it, right? Wrong. Learn the grappling techniques used by amateur and professional MMA fighters alike. You’ll strengthen your body and hone your combat skills with guidance from your expert instructors. Inject the strength and confidence of a combat expert into your life. And next time someone tries to snag your hole-puncher without permission, you spin around and say, “Go ahead, buddy, make my day”.
    Mixed Martial Arts Intro

    644 N Orleans St, Chicago

    • Master the grappling techniques used by mixed martial arts fighters
    • Incorporate a variety of training methods, designed for fighters of all skill levels
    • Hone your combat skills while conditioning your body
    • Boost your stamina, confidence, and preparedness with a comprehensive physical regiment
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    1 positive reviews

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