Classes in North Side

Up to 53% Off Sword-Fighting Fitness at Forteza Fitness

Forteza Fitness

Ravenswood

$75 $35

Learn the basics of swordplay blended with 19th-century physical culture, including the use of calisthenics and therapeutic gymnastics

Up to 75% Off Team Training Classes

Urban Athlete

Ravenswood

$150 $39

Team of experienced trainers lead indoor team training and smaller classes that challenge groups with varying levels of difficulty

72% Off Fitness Classes and Drop-In Gym Visits

Cheetah Gym

Multiple Locations

$139 $39

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Dance-fitness, Vinyasa-yoga, and boxing classes complement solo workouts on equipment by Life Fitness and Hammer Strength

Classes at Creative Motion Chicago

Creative Motion Chicago

Creative Motion Chicago

$90 $29

Creative fitness classes for all levels, including core Vinyasa, yoga basics, Vinyasa Glow, dance, pilates, and bootcamp

Up to 70% Off Acting Classes

Dream of Passion

Chemically Imbalanced Theater

$250 $99

Acting classes help aspiring actors learn important skills, such as scene analysis and the Stanislavski system, and relaxation techniques

Up to 63% Off BYOB Painting Class

Learning Bar

Multiple Locations

$60 $25

Instructors provide all painting materials, including 16"x20" canvas, while guests just bring drinks, snacks, and openness to learn

47% Off Dance Lessons

TextureDance Studio

Chicago

$15 $8

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Make Beef Bourguignon at a BYOB French Cooking Class

BYOB Parisian Cooking Class

Edgewater

$60 $60

Sip champagne and BYO wine as you learn to cook beef bourguignon and other French delicacies before a three-course feast

55% Off Wine Education and Tasting

Soul Impressions Inc.

Lakeview

$220 $99

Ernest Gallo Wine Academy-certified sommelier teaches students about production methods behind different wines and guides tastings

68% Off Yoga Classes at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center

Edgewater

$120 $39

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Non-profit studio in business since 1972 teaches classes that blends yogic philosophy with breathing, guided relaxation, and asanas

Up to 53% Off at Meditate Yoga and Meditation Center

Meditate Yoga and Meditation Center

North Center

$75 $35

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Yoga & meditation classes promote body awareness, balance & consciousness of mind, helping participants achieve a feeling of inner peace

Up to 74% Off Boot Camp

LivingFit Chicago

Multiple Locations

$189 $59

Participants get fit in challenging, yet fun hour-long boot camp classes that often incorporate props like battle ropes and resistance bands

Up to 60% Off Classes at Spirit Rising Yoga

Spirit Rising Yoga

Lakeview

$72 $29

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Instructors strive to build meaningful connections between students in Kundalini yoga classes

71% Off 10 Yoga or Pilates Classes

The Yoga Boutique

Lakeview

$135 $39

Intimate studio offers yoga and Pilates classes focused on improving clients’ physical and mental health in a noncompetitive atmosphere

54% Off at Sheila Tully Academy of Irish Dance

Sheila Tully Academy of Irish Dance

Multiple Locations

$85 $39

Expert instructors lead beginners of all ages through the basic steps of Irish dance

Up to 67% Off Classes at One Hundred Fitness

One Hundred Fitness

Lakeview

$125 $49

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Dance-based cardio and stretching classes sculpt lean bodies; Pilates strengthens cores and improves flexibility

65% Off Personal Training

Dhf Lakeview

Chicago

$480 $168

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Up to 65% Off at Moksha Yoga Center

Moksha Yoga Center

Multiple Locations

$150 $55

Studio welcomes students of all stripes into Hatha, Vinyasa, and AcroYoga classes

50% Off Personal Fitness Program

Hartman Fitness

Lakeview

$70 $35

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Up to 54% Off Hula Hooping

Cindy Huston

Ganesha Yoga and Adventures in Fitness

$90 $45

Learn basic hula hooping techniques, such as hooping at the waist and above the head, and then put them together into a complete routine

Up to 54% Off Private Guitar, Piano, or Vocal Lessons

The Ultimate School of Guitar

Berger Park Cultural Center

$72 $33

Basic to advanced lessons in guitar, piano, and vocals taught by talented instructors with educational and practical experience

Up to 77% Off Workshop from Chicago Photography Academy

Chicago Photography Academy

Lakeview

$195 $49

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All-day fundamentals workshop demystifies the settings of your DSLR camera as professionals dole out tips on composition and camera shake

48% Off Cake Decorating Class

Give Me Some Sugar

Roscoe Village

$75 $39

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Chef instructors lead classes in basic cake decorating or working with fondant; all supplies provided

$22 for a Kids' Cooking Class

Pied Piper Parties & Playschool

Lakeview

$35 $22

Youngsters aged 2-6 cook sweet or savory items, then taste them; class also includes story and playtime

Up to 82% Off Classes at TriFit Boot Camps

TriFit Boot Camps

Multiple Locations

$120 $39

Exercisers of all fitness levels tighten and tone through yoga and run club programs and outdoor boot-camp classes

Up to 72% Off Boot Camp Classes at Motiv Training Gym

Motiv Training Gym

Motiv Personal Training

$125 $35

High-intensity boot-camp classes get groups of 6–25 working out with equipment such as kettlebells, weighted balls, and resistance bands

Up to 77% Off Classes at Divine Power Yoga

Divine Power Yoga

Multiple Locations

$149 $35

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Trained instructors lead classes through yoga postures and movements inside a heated room, promoting strength and flexibility

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Up to 74% Off Boot Camp at Tri-Fitness

Tri-Fitness

Roscoe Village

$150 $49

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Ropes, medicine balls, kettlebells, and resistance bands are used during flexibility, plyometrics, strength-training, and cardio workouts

Up to 74% Off at Dahn Yoga

Dahn Yoga

Multiple Locations

$150 $39

Unique form of yoga strives to streamline life energy and focus the mind with breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation

73% Off at 105F - Bikram Yoga Chicago

105F - Bikram Yoga Chicago

Multiple Locations

$180 $49

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Intense 90-minute Bikram yoga classes take place in a 105º room with 40% humidity; locations in Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, and South Loop

Yoga and Fitness Classes

Pure Wellness

DePaul

$200 $89

Varied classes of 10 or fewer students incorporate yoga, Pilates, ballet, HIIT, Tabata, and other forms of fitness

67% Off Classes at Chicago School of Yoga

Chicago School of Yoga

Lincoln Park

$149 $49

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Huge training academy bends bodies with more than 30 kinds of yoga classes, hosts yoga conventions, and runs teacher training programs

Up to 76% Off Boot-Camp Classes

Looze It! Fitness

Chicago

$100 $29

Drawing heavily on martial arts techniques, instructors help students build muscle and burn calories during intensive boot-camp classes

79% Off Muay Thai or MMA Classes

Chicago Muay Thai Kickboxing Club

Multiple Locations

$185 $39

Tone bodies with Muay Thai Kickboxing or MMA Classes

Up to 68% Off Improv-Acting Course

McKay Arts

Church at Westridge

$100 $45

Second City alumnus teaches pupils of all ages during improv classes for all skill levels; five-week session culminates in live show

76% Off Fitness Classes at Bucktown Crossfit

Chicago Elite Fitness

Chicago

$200 $49

Instructors introduce beginners to CrossFit’s training methodology and correct technique for all of the lifts and exercises

Up to 82% Off Personal Training

Vbody Power Fitness

location

$195 $39

Certified personal trainer instills confidence in his clients while helping them reach their fitness goals

Half Off Course at Chicago Actors Studio

Chicago Actors Studio

Bucktown

$290 $145

Weekly classes for adults tackle a broad range of topics, including monologues, stage fright, Shakespeare, and character development

Up to 61% Off BYOB Leather-Working Class

Vividbraille

Bucktown

$129 $59

Participants make a leather card case, phone case, wallet, or key chain and wrist cuff while sipping on beverages they bring

80% Off at Windy City Adventure Boot Camp

Windy City Adventure Boot Camp

Lincoln Park

$300 $59

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Certified trainer and regular fitness contributor to NBC Chicago news leads women in supportive routines against backdrop of Lake Michigan

67% Off Intro to Fitness Training

Citywide Superslow

DePaul

$60 $20

Starter consultation and first workout at a gym that uses special MED-X equipment and slow movements with heavy weights to build strength

Up to 54% Off Art Class

Meinecke Art Space

Chicago

$60 $29

Introductory classes teach painting and drawing skills using included materials

51% Off Coffee 101 Class at Ipsento Coffee House

Ipsento Coffee House

Bucktown

$80 $39

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Hands-on class teaches proper methods of brewing coffee at home to make perfect cups every time; includes snacks and unlimited coffee

Up to 75% Off from NorthSide Adventure Boot Camp

NorthSide Adventure Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

$199 $59

Women's-only boot-camp classes cover Pilates, kickboxing, and core conditioning during one-hour outdoor sessions

Up to 67% Off Personal Training Sessions at Thorn Fitness

Thorn Fitness

Wicker Park

$225 $99

Personal trainer in Wicker Park devises tailored fitness program with weight-training techniques to transform each client's body

Up to 61% Off Classes at Corefitness Chicago

Corefitness Chicago

Goose Island

$150 $59

One-hour, co-ed and gender-specific classes promote strength and control body fat with fundamental resistance and free-weight strengthening

Cooking Fools – Up to 49% Off Pasta-Making Class

Cooking Fools

Wicker Park

$168 $85

Instructors help pupils craft fresh, light pasta and sauces usually found at restaurants, then host an after-class feast of the spoils

Up to 79% Off Kickboxing and MMA Classes

Keller's Martial Arts

Irving Park

$200 $43

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Kickboxing classes create a workout based around muay thai & boxing techniques; MMA classes blend judo, jiu-jitsu, and dirty boxing styles

Up to 50% Off BYOB Flower-Arranging Class

Allure Floral Design

Northwest Side

$95 $49

Learn how to make floral arrangements under the guidance of a professional while sipping your own beverages

Up to 60% Off Pilates Classes at oneBody

oneBody

Lincoln Park

$125 $59

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In small groups, students use Pilates equipment to tone cores and strengthen the upper- and lower-body muscles

Up to 80% Off Classes at Nature Yoga

Nature Yoga

Wicker Park

$140 $29

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Highly trained instructors lead Vinyasa, Hatha, and power yoga classes

75% Off at Sun and Moon Beach Yoga

Sun and Moon Beach Yoga

Lincoln Park

$120 $30

Instructors lead students of all levels through Vinyasa-style classes and breathing techniques on scenic shores of North Avenue Beach

Up to 56% Off at Evolution Personal Training

Evolution Personal Training

Lincoln Square

$75 $38

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One of six certified trainers develops and implements a custom workout plan based on clients’ goals and needs, motivating them all the while

Up to 68% Off Tango or Ballet Classes

Tango 21

Multiple Locations

$65 $22

Lifelong dancers teach the Argentine tango and ballet with step-by-step instruction for all skill levels

Up to 50% Off One-on-One Fitness Personal Training

One-on-One Fitness Personal Training

Near North Side

$150 $75

Fitness goals targeted with the help of a nutritional, cardiovascular & strength-training trifecta.

85% Off Jujitsu and Kickboxing Classes

Movimento Fitness

Central Chicago

$260 $39

Brazilian jujitsu and muay thai kickboxing classes led by a Gracie-trained instructor and a former US Marine Corps squad leader

83% Off at David Barton Gym

David Barton Gym

River North

$343 $58

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In a luxury gym, with amenities from free weights to a Russian bath, members tone up in classes, personal training sessions, or on their own

69% Off Personal Training

Matt Praeuner Personal Training

Near North Side

$240 $75

Trainer with 10-plus years experiencs tailors workouts to meet client goals and uses a VO2 test to measure clients' capacity for oxygen use

55% Off Personal Training Services

Kurt Rawlins Fitness

Near North Side

$110 $49

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Up to 77% Off Boot Camp Classes

Kick@55 Fitness

Near North Side

$150 $39

Certified personal trainers aim to make fitness a game; 60-minute high intensity interval training workouts

59% Off at North Shore Yoga

North Shore Yoga

Multiple Locations

$70 $29

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Certified instructors lead newcomers through foundational Vinyasa postures during four-week beginner series

Up to 66% Off Yoga and Fitness Classes

Bend Yoga & Movement Studio

1819 W Grand, Suite 201

$130 $49

Seasoned instructors lead a variety of classes ranging from restorative yoga to Zumba to power Pilates

Up to 85% Off at Fit Body Boot Camp

Fit Body Boot Camp

Chicago

$185 $39

Trainers lead groups through cardio and strength-training exercises designed to boost caloric burn during and after workouts

Up to 60% Off Small-Group Fitness Classes

Mike George Fitness System

Near North Side

$250 $99

Trainers lead personalized fitness sessions of six or fewer, including Elite cross training, hand-to-hand combat, and downhill skiing

Up to 64% Off Art Class for One, Two, or Four

Ausrine's Arts Room

Evanston

$120 $55

Professional artist passes on skills in printmaking, fiber/felting, and leather work during three-hour sessions

44% Off Drawing Classes

Scuola Internazionale Di Comics

West Town

$45 $25

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Up to 55% Off Dance Lessons at Tango Chicago

Tango Chicago

South Loop

$50 $25

Learn tango moves from seasoned instructor Al Gates; a social dance complements the lesson

Up to 86% Off Tango-Class Packages

Chicago Tango Club

Old Irving Park

$310 $49

Students learn the intricacies of the Argentine tango from an instructor with competitive experience; large, air-conditioned studio

50% Off Introductory Glass-Blowing Art Exploration Class

Ignite Glass Studios

West Town

$98 $49

During lessons students create a glass-blown piece and a fused-glass tile, both of which they take home

Up to 85% Off Boot Camp at Vitality Fitness

Vitality Fitness

Chicago

$240 $35

Boot camps rely on diverse exercises to increase muscle tone and torch calories; personal training can take place at the gym or in your home

Up to 52% Off Bagpipe or Drum Lessons

Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming

Irish American Heritage Center

$145 $69

In groups of up to five, students hone playing and practice technique and learn about the culture of drums or Scottish bagpipes

Up to 53% Off Surfset Fitness Class

Moirai Health and Fitness

Multiple Locations

$35 $17

Total body workout mimics surfing to burn fat, build core muscle, and improve balance and flexibility

Up to 65% Off Classes at Akemi Fitness Method

Akemi Fitness Method

Evanston

$125 $49

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Get in shape with classes that range from a blend of Bollywood dance and aerobic exercises to classes that focus on common trouble-areas

45% Off Personal Trainer

The Fitness Representative

Evanston

$375 $206

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56% Off Private Glass-Working Class for Two

Shatter Glass Group

Kilbourn Park

$340 $149

Renowned glass blower teaches private classes that caters to beginner students who seek to learn artistic technique

80% Off Bikram Yoga Classes

Bikram Yoga River North

Bikram Yoga River North

$240 $49

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In a sprawling studio heated between 105 and 110 degrees, instructors teach students of all experience levels the 26 Bikram yoga poses

Up to 70% Off Yoga Classes

Sat Nam Yoga Chicago

West Loop - University Village - Little Italy

$70 $29

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Eight different disciplines of yoga, including Kundalini and meditation, taught in a soothing studio with sensory garden.

Up to 69% Off at Yoga Loft Chicago

Yoga Loft Chicago

Near North Side

$160 $49

Instructors guide students through classes such as power-flow Vinyasa, power basics, yoga sculpt, or boot camp

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Pilates is an excellent way to kick-start a fitness routine. The challenging movements and full-body stretching are designed to increase core strength and stamina. For your two private sessions, you’ll receive guidance from FTC-certified instructor Patrick O'Brien, who will help you transition from a stale, store-bought pretzel to a soft, fresh-baked German pretzel. Work out on both the Pilates equipment and floor mat under his supervision. He will help you correct body issues from technique to alignment and tailor the lessons to your specific physical needs. FTC is one of Chicago’s longest-standing Pilates studios, having opened in 1994. Its focus is on the human form and on making sure it operates naturally and healthfully, in line with its proper structure and function. Call to schedule your sessions.

4721 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
US

When you walk into Sifu Design Studio & Fine Yarns, you won’t find a quiet room simply housing yarns and fabrics. Instead, you’ll walk into a communal space where crafters of all ilks socialize during themed knitting circles, browse handmade crafts from local designers, or further their skills in instructional classes. Something is going on nearly every day of the week. Weeknight classes allow students to learn how to make shawls, mittens, and socks while sipping on BYOB wine, and during the studio’s sci-fi night, the staff screen a movie while guests work on their latest projects. Crafters also can refurnish their stocks of supplies and yarn from the expansive selection, which features a variety of hard-to-find specialty tools. The shop also has a range of vintage products, garnered through its trade-in program, which offers store credit for clients who trade in unused yarn, old tools, and vintage knitting patterns such as booties for claw-foot tubs.

5044 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
US

The instructors at ACM School of Music pass the torch of musical aptitude with piano lessons and music-theory classes that kindle classical-music appreciation in a new generation. With a focus on teaching students to write their own compositions, experienced musicians explain the rudiments of the form, from a piece's first quarter note to its adolescent experimentation with mixed-meter phrases to its emergence as a full-grown adult arrangement. The school's resident ensemble, Palomar, breathes life into contemporary compositions with an annual concert series. As a nonprofit driven by the goal to expand the cohort of composers and audience members, ACM also facilitates educational initiatives in local schools and offers programming to Boys & Girls Clubs.

1758 W Wilson Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Urban Athlete's team of trainers–which, combined, boasts more than a half-century's worth of training experience–propels clients toward the peak of physical fitness. They design personal exercise and nutrition programs to match each individual client uniquely, addressing numerous fitness goals including weight loss, strength gains, and more. At the Urban Athlete facility, exercisers may work up a sweat a roster of cardio and functional fitness equipment, or hop into one of several team training and group classes that feature varying levels of difficulty.

4437 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Students upload working knowledge of various art forms in digital-arts and photography classes, the newest department at Lillstreet Art Center. During a digital-video class, instructors begin with a translation of camera controls and settings before showing students how to import video to the computer, edit footage, add sound and music, and put completed projects onto DVD, the Internet, or viewer-friendly blimps. The crash course in Adobe Photoshop, a software program used by many photographers and graphics professionals, introduces students to the various tools and menus through a gamut of in-class exercises that practice scanning, painting, cutting, and adjusting imagery. Tote confusing cameras to the digital-photography class, and harness the power of ISO, shutter speeds, apertures, and different shooting modes to take photos that look more professional than a snapshot clad in a business suit. Several hands-on exercises assimilate amateur eyes to the difference between auto and manual focus, as well as depth of field and capturing moving subjects.

4401 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Equipment: Hoopnotica Hoops and Hoops created by local designers.
Students should bring: Wear comforatble yoga attire. Bring water to stay hydrated.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Established: 2012
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Metered street parking
Pro Tip: Hula hooping is a positive substitute for a cardio workout. Perfect for all ages and body types.

4225 North Paulina Street
Chicago,
IL
US

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