Recognizing that the desire to dance knows neither the bounds of age nor ability, the instructors at NorthSide tailor their class selection to both adults and children of all levels of experience. They teach various dance styles that run the gamut from classical ballet to jazz and modern dance to hip-hop. Zumba classes supply their sultry rhythms to burn calories, and social partner-dancing classes instruct their attendees in nightclub-worthy moves. The studio space welcomes dancers with vast empty hardwood floors and walls full of mirrored panels, which help dancers hone techniques and foster a healthy sense of competition with the bizarro versions of everyone that live behind the glass.
Pup Crawl Chicago fills six hours with Sam Adams drink specials and other brews from local watering holes, all in the name of PAWS Chicago. Proceeds from the event benefit this leader in the world of animal adoption and no-kill shelters, meaning that with every sip of that beer, a dog somewhere wags its tail and a cat regrets it doesn't have the opposable thumbs needed to write a thank-you letter. In addition to cold beers and the warm feeling that come from helping Chicago's furry citizens, participants in the event get to stock up on ample swag. Luckily, the organizers give each pub-crawler a backpack so they can hold all of their goodies.
Chicago’s lePercolateur blows bubbles of swingtime bliss with unbridled energy and irresistible hooks. Springboarding off a platform of manouche jazz and Django Reinhardt–inspired hot club swing, the band evokes 1930s France with help from the vocal textures of Nicole Peterson-Pearce, whose playful and seductive croon steals hearts like a shoplifter in a Hallmark store. The toe-tapping combination of Stacy McMichael’s upright bass, Marielle de Rocca-Serra’s twisting violin melodies, and the dueling-auctioneer fretting of guitarists Sam Random and Kevin Rush recently saw the band signed to esteemed local label Chicago Sessions.
Steeped in entertainment history, The New 400 Theaters showcases new and recent Hollywood films inside its four-screen movie house. Opened in 1912 and originally dubbed Regent Theater, the single-screen Rogers Park locale presented 725-seat audiences the chance to witness eclectic vaudeville acts and to shout technique critiques to sword-fighting actors during moving-picture showings. Regent transmogrified into the "400 Theater" in 1930—a name taken from the term for the top 400 society folk—and then into a city-crushing ladybug in 1955, before settling into its current configuration in 2009, with refurnished venues, multiple screens, and a recently opened full-service bar.