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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    9 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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    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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    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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    2 positive reviews
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    Soy Candle Making

    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
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    1 positive reviews
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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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    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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    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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    Stretching & Contortion

    You’ll love this class so much you’ll bend over backwards for it -- literally! Here, you will focus on a sequence of stretches that will help you safely improve your flexibility as you improve your splits and back movements, and learn contortion techniques which are essential components of pole and aerial fitness. You’ll be having so much fun, you won’t even feel your muscles growing stronger and your waist growing smaller. As you gain strength, you will be able to attain a full range of motion to perform those hyper-flexible dance moves and tricks you’ve only ever dreamed of performing. The only issue now is, who’s your lucky audience going to be?
    Stretching & Contortion

    2539 W North Ave, Chicago

    • Focus on a sequence of stretches that will help you safely improve your flexibility
    • Improve your splits and back movements, and learn contortion techniques essential to pole and aerial fitness
    • Have fun while improving your overall fitness, toning muscles, burning fat, and building core strength
    • No experience necessary
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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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