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)

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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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    12 positive reviews
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    Hip Hop (All Levels)

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    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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    13 positive reviews
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    Stretching & Contortion

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    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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    12 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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    Basic Cake Decorating

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    After this class, decorating cakes will be a piece of .... Well, cake! Grab a premade chocolate cake and turn it into a work of edible art! You'll learn to level, cut, and fill like a professional during this hands-on class. Color buttercream with gel color, master the art of crumb coating, find out how to fill a piping bag, learn to use a coupler, and master piping techniques such as rosettes, shell bordering, dots, and handwriting! The icing on the cake? You get to take your project home with you!
    Basic Cake Decorating

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Master the art of cake decoration during a hands-on workshop
    • Level a premade cake, fill it, and crumb coat it
    • Learn to fill a piper and use it to create rosettes, shell borders, and handwriting
    • Take your cake home with you to share and enjoy
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    12 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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    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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    Muay Thai Introductory Class

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    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
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    9 positive reviews
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    Mixed Martial Arts (South Loop)

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    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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    12 positive reviews

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