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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    Fused Glass Pendant

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    You're crafty and you have always had a flair for fashion so why not combine the two? Learn how to create your very own unique glass pendants in this fun class! You will learn how to manipulate the rope, wire, glass and paints to create beautiful pieces of jewellery from a knowledgeable, supportive instructor. By the end of the class, you'll take home some incredible pendants as well as the skills to continue making more! What are you waiting for? Start personalizing your pendants today!
    Fused Glass Pendant

    926 Warren Ave, New York

    • Learn how to make your own unique glass pendants
    • Practice with a knowledgeable instructor who will show you all the tricks of the trade
    • Craft beautiful pieces of jewelry that make perfect gifts for friends and family
    • Enjoy an afternoon of fun and creativity with Gallery's Choice
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    3 positive reviews
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    Boxing (South Loop)

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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 (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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    Lace Up Lap Dance

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    Looking to spice up your workout routine? Lace Up Lap Dance is a lap dancing class that's so much fun you won't even realize you're burning the calories off at a record pace. Lace Up Lap dance is the best sensual abdominal workout you can find. It's sexy. It's fun. It's liberating and best of all, you're going to love it. Perfect the art of seduction with slow, sensual choreography that builds anticipation and desire while giving your abs an incredible workout. As you can see, this isn't your mother's workout routine.
    Lace Up Lap Dance

    1843 W Chicago Ave , ​Chicago

    • Learn the basics of lap dancing as you get a great workout
    • Practice slow, sensual and tantalizing choreography
    • Receive encouragement from a friendly instructor in a safe and supportive environment
    • Have a great time while getting ripped abs
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    13 positive reviews
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    Metalwork and Welding

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    You're a do-it-yourself kind of person. You frequently find yourself asking "why buy it, when you can build it?" That's why picking up a new skill is right up your alley -- but woodworking is played out. Welding is where it's at now. At Arc Academy, you'll learn the fundamentals of metalwork and welding from an experienced, friendly instructor. The studio creates a fun environment that's perfect for crafting something unique. Safety is a top priority, so there's no need to worry about your fingers! Become the jack-of-all-trades you know you can be -- learn to the weld!
    Metalwork and Welding

    2223 W Chicago Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to weld metal with an experienced and friendly instructor
    • Feel comfortable with the equipment in a safety-first environment
    • Create something with your hands that you can take home
    • Get a new skill that's incredibly useful and extremely fun
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    7 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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    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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    Nap

    America's pretty great, we can all agree on that. But one non-American tradition that the good ol' red, white and blue could stand to adopt is that of the mid-day siesta; You know, NASA studies say that a short nap leads to 34% more productivity through the rest of the day! Come down to Bottom Line Yoga to catch a few Z's and give yourself a midday energy boost. They'll provide you a plush nap mat, blankets, pillows, and a complimentary wake up! If you're a light sleeper, they can hook you up with eye-pillows and ear plugs. It'll be just like pre-school, except now you've REALLY got no excuse for eating crayons.
    Nap

    141 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago

    • Take a half hour out of your day to snooze in a comfortable, relaxing location
    • Increase your productivity by giving your brain and body a reset
    • Relax on a comfortable nap bed, with blankets, pillows, eye pillows, and ear plugs provided
    • Don't worry about oversleeping -- you'll receive a complimentary wake-up!
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    Zumba

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    Hmm... is there a magical way to quickly dance your way to a better body? No forty minutes on the treadmill, no dumbbells -- simply Zumba! During this Zumba class, you'll fuse international beats with Latin dance rhythms to take part in the most energetic workout today! Using elements of salsa, cumbia, and merengue, learn the choreography to embark on a calorie-burning adventure via sexy hip movements and fast-paced dance steps. Think of this as an epic dance party to add to your Friday night out.
    Zumba

    3456 N Cicero Ave, Chicago

    • Combine high-energy and motivating movements with unique Latin dance and music
    • Spice up your workout with salsa, merengue, and cumbia dances
    • Incorporate easy-to-do dance steps into your fitness regimen
    • No experience necessary
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    2 positive reviews
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    Knife Skills (Merchandise Mart)

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    Get down to basics with an introductory knife skills class that will have you slicing up a storm in no time. Learn how to properly select the right tool for the job as you review the uses for different types of knives. Practice dicing, chopping, and mincing as you use vegetables and herbs to help you develop the proper techniques. You'll also learn how to select and care for your knives, ensuring your safety as well as a better kitchen experience. Whether you're new to the art of cooking or simply want to brush up your skills, this class is perfect for all those looking to harness the power of the blade.
    Knife Skills (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the art of knife technique and maintenance in this introductory class
    • Practice techniques such as mincing, chopping, slicing and dicing
    • Discover proper safety and care strategies
    • Develop a new skill that will spice up your kitchen routine
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    6 positive reviews

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