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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    11 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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    3 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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    1 positive reviews
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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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    Boxing (River North)

    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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    Adult Ballroom

    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 (Orland Park)

    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 (Orland Park)

    9050 W 159th St, Orland Park

    • 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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    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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    Mambo Dance

    Have you ever wanted to Mambo Italiano or, better yet, move like Swayze did in Dirty Dancing? Just admit it. Mixed Motion Art is Chicago's only exclusive New York Style Mambo studio in the city. So, this is your best chance to learn. During this Mambo dance class, you will practice social dancing through comfortable partner combinations, footwork, body isolations, and technical drills. As you perform these sensual steps, you'll listen to the music rumbling through the air. Feel the Latin passion. Feel the inspiration. And mambo as if it's the last night of your life!
    Mambo Dance

    1819 W. Grand Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the rhythms and movements of New York Style Mambo dance
    • Practice footwork and body isolations with a partner
    • Experience this high-energy, social dance perfect for any occasion
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    1 positive reviews
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    Sculpting Floor Work

    Bored of traditional fitness classes? Ice: Sculpt is a unique physical fitness program built around confidence-building floor routines intended to strengthen and elongate your body. You'll be working out in a fun, dynamic studio that traditionally teaches pole dance, although this class does not feature any pole work. The exercises performed are designed to build both cardiovascular health and strength, leaving you feeling conditioned and supremely healthy after just one session. Workouts also vary from class-to-class to ensure you keep your body working out to its full potential. All it's going to cost you is a few pounds.
    Sculpting Floor Work

    1550 W. Carroll Ave, Chicago

    • Partake in a vigorous and varied floor-based exercise routine in a premier pole-dance studio
    • Practice high-energy forms and motions designed to develop cardiovascular health and body tone
    • Enjoy working out your body to its full potential, achieving a rewarding sweat in a fun environment
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