5 Classes That Will Make You a Real Chicagoan

January 24, 2020

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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    Vogue

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    Unleash your inner diva! First pioneered by the gay African American and Latino communities of New York City in the 1970s, the vogue style of dance combines fluid movement and the attitude of a runway model. Feel your fierce side run wild in a flurry of creative expression that uses dance as its medium of choice. Learn the gestures, poses, and movements of this revolutionary dance style. The accompanying house and electronic music will provide the perfect soundtrack for your newfound confidence. After you make your first steps into art of voguing, strike a pose, because with these moves, you'll surely be ready to impress!
    Vogue

    4140 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago

    • Learn the gestures, poses, and movements of the Vogue dance style
    • Embody the stylish and pop-culture inspired dance that has pushed cultural boundaries
    • Uncover the vocabulary of a fierce form of physical expression
    • Let loose and unleash your inner diva
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    41 positive reviews
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    Signature Scent Creation

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    What if you had your own signature scent... that wasn't considered B.O.? (ZING!) Oh, jeez. That was bad. Let's start over: Did you know that the art of smell comes in three notes, much like that of a musical chord? You'll learn this and many other interesting facts if you take this smell-worthy workshop! In this lushly scented class, you'll be guided through the nuances of creating a perfume. With the help of paper strips, you'll find your favorite scents while discovering compatible scents that speak to YOU. *Ah.* How refreshing!
    Signature Scent Creation

    2110 N Halsted St, Chicago

    • Create your own uniquely-crafted fragrance and then take it home with you!
    • Test a variety of scent combinations as you create one that speaks to you
    • Receive guided instruction through scent-making from an experienced perfumer
    • Get your smell game going strong!
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    18 positive reviews
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    Jiu-Jitsu

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    Hop off the treadmill, drop the dead-lift -- well, maybe put it down gently -- and experience a class that will simultaneously incorporate both of these heavy-duty workouts. Jiu-Jitsu provides self-defense techniques that work to strengthen your body, biceps, and stamina. Here, you'll learn grappling methods, based on judo, that martial arts masters and MMA fighters use on a regular basis. Warm up your body and get ready to fight your way to your fitness goals. Sometimes your workout needs a bit of diversity.
    Jiu-Jitsu

    820 N Orleans, Chicago

    • Learn the ground fighting techniques of Jiu-Jitsu that involve grappling
    • Practice to improve your strength, stamina, and self-defense
    • Prepare yourself to spar with any partner
    • No experience necessary
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    3 positive reviews
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    Voice-Over Lesson

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    Think you have the voice of a cartoon character? Or maybe you make a better Simba than Jonathan Taylor Thomas? This course will teach you how to use your voice for profit. You'll learn the ins and outs of how to make it in the competitive field of voice-overs. Everything about audition tapes, types of scripts, studios, and agencies will be covered. You will be taught the essentials to getting a job in this field: how to present yourself for auditions, where to go and whom to contact in order to obtain work, how to prepare yourself to properly read copy, pronunciation, technique, and the attitudes necessary for success. Get ready to be a new voice on The Simpsons... or simply your next home video.
    Voice-Over Lesson

    4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago

    • Discover what you need to succeed as a voice actor
    • Navigate the complexities of audition tapes, types of scripts, studios, and agencies
    • Learn all of the industry specific quirks, from how to obtain work to attitudes necessary for success, and everything in between
    • No experience necessary
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    4 positive reviews
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    Front Yard Running Tour

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    We know what you're thinking, "been there, done that." But have you "BEAN there, done that"?? Join City Running Tours Chicago for a special workout and tour combo! Starting your tour at the famous "Bean," you'll run through Millennium Park and Grant Park, known as Chicago's Front Yard. See the famous Buckingham Fountain and Cloud Gate, and visit "off the path" sites like the John Logan Sculpture and Agora, all the while learning the surprising history of how Chicago's parks came to be. You'll snap plenty of photos along the way, including one with the city's beautiful skyline behind you. You're about to go hard. ChicaGO hard.
    Front Yard Running Tour

    Central Loop, Chicago

    • Enjoy a running tour through Millennium and Grant Park, AKA Chicago's Front Yard
    • See sites like the Buckingham Fountain, Cloud Gate, the John Logan Sculpture and more
    • Snap a bunch of stellar photos on your way, including one of the beautiful Chicago skyline
    • Get a great workout while discovering a whole new side of Chicago
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    23 positive reviews
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    Leather Work 101

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    What do you have in common with cowboys, bikers, and rock stars? You all have an affinity for leather! In this introduction to leather work class, you will choose from 4-6 projects along with a variety of leathers and hardware. You'll be able to modify and create your own patterns as well. This is a fun, easy class that gives you a chance to make a few things out of leather, such as a cuff, a clutch or a wallet. You can give them away as gifts or just add them to your impressive, ever-growing collection of leather accessories.
    Leather Work 101

    3717 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to work with different types of leather and hardware
    • Create leather cuffs, clutches, or a wallet that you can use or give as a gift
    • Practice working with various design features such as snaps, rivets, and eyelets
    • No experience necessary
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    21 positive reviews

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