5 Classes That Will Make You a Real Chicagoan

July 28, 2018

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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    Kickboxing Class

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    With TITLE Boxing Club's Kickboxing Class, you'll actually enjoy yourself while you sweat off the pounds and firm up those muscles. Their kickboxing workouts combine a mix of dynamic exercises with kickboxing basics to form an intense routine. Kickboxing is one of the most effective and efficient total-body workouts. You'll not only get in a great cardio workout, you'll also improve strength and muscle tone, and make gains in stamina, endurance, and and energy-level. Hit it hard for an hour...then hit the showers feeling great.
    Kickboxing Class

    1212 S Naper Blvd, Naperville

    • Kick, punch, and block for an intense one-hour that will leave you feeling more fit than ever before
    • Receive instruction and motivation from an expert professional trainer who knows how to get the best out of every student
    • Achieve gains in your overall health and fitness, including improved strength, muscle-tone, stamina, and endurance
    • Burn up to 1,000 calories every class and watch your body transform
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    1 positive reviews
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    Beginner Hula

    E makaukau? Ready? You'll learn to tell a beautiful story through graceful hula performance during this beginner class. Focus on footwork and hip motions first before integrating hand gestures into a simple hula. Your previous dance experience doesn't matter -- you'll start from the ground up. Grow as a dancer as you improve your ability to intuitively style your movements in accordance with the spoken words of a story. Work on your sense of rhythm and grace as you sway and step to the music. By the end of the class, you'll have developed a whole new appreciation for the art of hula!
    Beginner Hula

    163 N Humphrey Ave, Oak Park

    • Learn the fundamentals of hula, a form of storytelling through dance
    • Focus on footwork and hip motions before integrating hand gestures
    • Grow as a dancer and improve your sense of rhythm
    • Execute graceful moves that perform a beautiful story
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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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    Neapolitan Pizzeria (Merchandise Mart)

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    If your idea of an awesome pizza night is opening up the freezer and pulling out a square box covered in frostbite, you'd be wise to read on. Learn to make authentic Neapolitan pizza with your own two hands in this all-levels class perfect for the culinary neophyte. With fellow classmates by your side, you'll cook up such tasty creations as crispy-fried calamari with marinara sauce, prosciutto pizza bianca, and grilled fennel, artichoke, and goat cheese pizza. Master skills like selecting squid, deep frying, making and rolling yeast dough, preparing tomato sauce, and baking on a pizza stone. When the pies are out of the oven, you'll sit down and grab a slice to celebrate your culinary victory.
    Neapolitan Pizzeria (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn to create the perfect Neapolitan pizza
    • Master techniques such as preparing dough and baking on a pizza stone
    • Cook up tasty pies with ingredients like grilled fennel, artichoke, and goat cheese
    • Put away the takeout menu and bring a fresh approach to pizza night
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    8 positive reviews
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    Expert Level Muay Thai

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    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

    349 5th avenue, New York

    • 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
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    3 positive reviews
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    Filipino-Indonesian Martial Arts (Fitzgerald's MA)

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    You've seen the movies. You've seen the fighting drills using sticks, knives, staffs, and even one's own body as a weapon. Getting the chance to know these moves and tricks will help you feel as prepared as possible to defend yourself at all times. A combination of Muay-Thai, Kuntao, the Inayan System, Inosanto Method of fma-ima, Kali, Eskrima, Arnis, Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, Villabrille-Tobosa Kali System, Jalur Putih Silat, and Pusaka Dwipantara Silat, this class will teach you the ins and outs of Martial Arts. Stick training? Check. Self-defense drills? Check. Grappling, submissions, and sparring? Checkmate! Here's your chance to learn from the pros and learn the various fighting techniques that'll make you more poised and confident in your self-defense capabilities.
    Filipino-Indonesian Martial Arts (Fitzgerald's MA)

    1742 E 55th St, Chicago

    • Learn how to defend yourself in any environment, utilizing sticks, knives, staffs, and your body
    • Practice grappling, submissions, and sparring
    • Become more confident and poised by increasing your self-defense capabilities
    • No experience necessary
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    1 positive reviews
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    Aiki Ninjutsu Skills and Drills -- Trial Class

    Have you ever been amazed by a movie, in which someone quickly and efficiently disables a weapon from an oncoming attacker? Yeah, it's pretty awesome. Now you can learn how to do the exact same thing with Aiki Ninjutsu. This unique martial arts class focuses on disabling attackers with extreme precision by using strikes, locks, and throws. You'll also learn proper fighting techniques and movements that have been used by samurais for centuries. With a name like Ninjutsu, which literally translates into "ninja techniques," how could you not want to sign up for this class? Note: This trial class is for first time students only.
    Aiki Ninjutsu Skills and Drills -- Trial Class

    790 Royal St. George Dr, Naperville

    • Discover Ninjutsu, a practical form of martial arts
    • Practice self-defense skills that focus on disabling an attacker as efficiently as possible
    • Learn proper strikes, hits, locks, and throws that were used by samurais and ninjas
    • Focus and train your mind to react instantly
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    3 Hole Golf Playing Lesson

    The best way to learn is to get out there and do it. Isn't that how you learn everything, from riding a bike to jumping off a diving board and not landing on your belly? That's the approach Gil Davis Golf takes on this Three-Hole Golf Playing Lesson. Here, you'll take to the links with a golf pro who will review your game in action. From there, receive critiques and learn how to play certain shots, and the right situations to do so. This is a great way for fixing blow up holes or simply improving your score when it counts. Practice makes perfect. So get out and practice!
    3 Hole Golf Playing Lesson

    6700 S Kedize Ave, Chicago

    • Play three holes of golf with a Gil Davis golf professional
    • Receive in-game critiques and learn how to play certain shots in specific situations
    • Correct your golf game to avoid blow up holes
    • All experience levels welcome
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    Adult Ballroom

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    Would you like to samba, cha-cha, rumba, waltz, tango, foxtrot, or salsa your way across the dance floor? Don't know how yet? No worries, because this class is designed to teach you all the phases of ballroom dancing, and then some! Whether you are just beginning or are already at an advanced level, you will find this lesson fun and challenging. Become familiar with the different footwork routines, counts, turns, steps and spins of the Waltz, Tango, and Foxtrot. Learn discipline, teamwork, respect and etiquette, all the while getting a fabulous workout and having a great time. You'll be cha'cha'chaing in no time!
    Adult Ballroom

    635 Executive Dr, Willowbrook

    • Learn the basic rhythms and steps to ballroom dances like the Waltz, Tango, and Foxtrot
    • Become familiar with the different footwork routines, counts, turns, steps and spins
    • Get a great workout while improving your flexibility, esteem, and coordination
    • All skill levels are welcome
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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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    14 positive reviews

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