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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    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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    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

    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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    3 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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    6 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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    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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    Wet Felting in Artist Studio

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    When you arrive at Ausrine's Arts Room you will be welcomed by the artist and gallery owner Ausrine Kerr. First enjoy a private tour of the studio and gallery. Ausrine will then show you fiber art, works on paper, leather and explain the methods and answer your questions. Next you will become an art student. You will be provided with the space to work in the studio and all the materials and tools . You will learn about wet felting process, different wool fibers, Nuno felting ( laminating wool on silk). During 3 hours of the hands on workshop period you will get the chance to create your own 2D or 3D felted art piece. Free snacks will be provided.
    Wet Felting in Artist Studio

    1123 Florence Ave, Evanston

    • Take a visit to Ausrine's Arts Room in Evanston
    • Here you will take a private tour lead by the artist and owner herself
    • Then you will create your own art piece yourself!
    • Let out your inner artist in this wet felting class
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    1 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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    11 positive reviews
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    Intro to DJing (Chicago)

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    Are music festivals your typical stomping grounds? Would you give anything to be the one headlining and making hundreds of thousands of people dance? Even the biggest named DJs had to start somewhere! DJ 101 is the perfect starting point for anyone looking to learn to DJ. Whether you want to spin at a club, be the next festival superstar, or just pick up a new hobby, you will receive hands-on instruction and guidance to learn the fundamentals of mixing, blending, and scratching. Cover all the basics, including DJ history, music theory and song structure, ins and outs of equipment, and timing to leave with the skills you need to start DJing today no matter your music tastes!
    Intro to DJing (Chicago)

    820 N Orleans St, Chicago

    • Begin to understand what it takes to be a DJ with this beginner's hands-on workshop
    • Receive hands-on instruction and guidance to learn the fundamentals of mixing, blending, and scratching
    • Cover all the basics, including DJ history, music theory and song structure, ins and outs of equipment, and timing
    • Leave with the skills and confidence necessary to start DJing today
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    7 positive reviews
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    Sports History and Landmark Tour

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    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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    Intro to Pole

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    With all the recent craze about pole fitness, are you finally ready to give it a try? This absolute basics class will impart you with the knowledge you need to get dancing! Learn essential pole moves such as sexy spins and a variety of tricks, as well as vocabulary and terminology from your experienced and encouraging instructor. Have a blast expressing your sensuality while you build up the skills and flexibility necessary to tackle more advanced classes. As you feel your muscles growing stronger and watch the pounds melt away, you'll realize why pole dancing isn't just reserved for strip clubs anymore!
    Intro to Pole

    2539 W North Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the absolute basics of pole dancing during this fully immersive beginner's course
    • Practice essential pole moves such as sexy spins and a variety of tricks
    • All Intro classes end in a short choreography
    • Build up the necessary strength and flexibility to tackle more advanced classes
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    12 positive reviews

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