Learning in Chicago, IL


$21 for $37 Groupon — Deja Hue

Deja Hue

Far Southwest Side

From the merchant: Intimate and engaging paint and sip experience conveniently located in Chicago’s Beverly Hills neighborhood.

$37 $21

BYOB Mosaic Basics Workshop for One or Two at The Chicago Mosaic School (Up to 57% Off)

The Chicago Mosaic School

North Center

Professionally trained mosaic artists introduce novices to mosaics materials, composition, cutting, and laying out tesserae in a fun project

$90 $39

BYOB Sushi-Making Class for One, Two, or Four from Roll Sushi Roll (Up to 62% Off)

Roll Sushi Roll

Multiple Locations

Guests sip on BYOB tipples as master chefs impart the skills to create their own sushi rolls

$60 $25

Painting Party with Wine for One, Two, or Four from Exquisite Catering & Events Canvas Painting (Up to 52% Off)

Exquisite Catering & Events Canvas Painting

Stony Palace

Guests sip wine and snack on appetizers as they follow an instructor’s guidance on painting a masterpiece

$35 $19

$24 for $40 Groupon — The Tipsy Brush

The Tipsy Brush

Logan Square

From the merchant: We provide you with all art materials including a take home canvas. You bring your friends and your favorite wine!

$40 $24

$19 for One Private Lesson and One Group Event at Fred Astaire Dance Studios ($135 Value)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Multiple Locations

Studio cofounded by Fred Astaire trains students with a curriculum that breaks social dances down into easily combined components

$135 $19

4-Week Ballroom, Latin, or Swing Group Dance Classes for New Students at May I Have This Dance (Up to 55% Off)

May I Have This Dance

Jefferson Park

Instructors coach individuals or couples through the tenets of social dancing for ballroom, latin, or swing dance classes

$55 $25

BYOB Drink & Draw Class for One, Two, or Four at Ian Sherwin Gallery (Up to 58% Off)

Ian Sherwin Gallery

Ian Sherwin Gallery

BYOB drawing classes led by a graduate of Chicago’s School of the Art Institute and contract artist for the Field Museum

$40 $19

BYOB Painting Class for 1, 2, 4, 8, or 18 at Ian Sherwin Gallery (Up to 70% Off)

Ian Sherwin Gallery

Ian Sherwin Gallery

School of the Art Institute of Chicago-trained painter helps folks conceptualize and create their own unique painting

$60 $29

Burlesque Classes for One or Two, or an Unlimited Monthly Pass at School of Girlesque (Up to 91% Off)

School of Girlesque

Dance Center Chicago hosting "School of Girlesque"

A classically trained dancer leads a variety of Burlesque and dance classes for women of all experience levels

$40 $19

Cake Decorating or Fondant Class at Give Me Some Sugar (Up to 48% Off)

Give Me Some Sugar

Roscoe Village

Chef instructors lead classes in basic cake decorating; all supplies provided

$75 $39

Candle-Making Class for One, Two, or Four at Annie Bell Fragrances (50% Off)

Annie Bell Fragrances

Oak Park

Learn to make fragrant, all-natural candles out of 100% soy bean wax

$60 $30

BYOB Painting Class for One or Two at VIP Paints (Up to 46% Off)

VIP Paints

Pilsen

Lighthearted class teaches students to complete a painting step by step, with all materials included

$45 $25

$55 for a Leather Work 101 Class at the Chicago School of Shoemaking and Leather Arts ($89 Value)

Chicago School of Shoemaking and Leather Arts

Chicago School of Shoemaking and Leather Arts

Create a cuff, clutch, or belt out of your choice of leather while learning how to create and modify patterns

$89 $55

7-Hour "Digital in a Day" Photography Workshop for One or Two from Chicago Photography Academy (Up to 77% Off)

Chicago Photography Academy

Lakeview

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

$195 $49

BYOB Soy Candle-Making Class for One or Two at VIP Paints (Up to 46% Off)

VIP Paints

Pilsen

Students make an 8-ounce soy candle with the scent and color of their choice in a 90-minute class with all materials included

$45 $25

BYOB Painting Class for One, Two, or Four at Paint Sip Relax from Learning Bar (Up to 70% Off)

Paint Sip Relax

Multiple Locations

Instructors provide all painting materials, including 16”x20” canvas or a wine glass, while guests enjoy BYO drinks and snacks

$60 $20

$99 for a Complete CompTIA IT-Certification Bundle from IT University Online ($2,695 Value)

IT University Online

Online Deal

Expert lectures, multimedia aids, and exam simulators aid in three courses, strengthening resumés and enhancing marketability

$2,695 $99

Two-Hour Introductory Tango Lesson with an Invite to a Social Dance for One or Two at Tango Chicago (Up to 60% Off)

Tango Chicago

West Town

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

$50 $22

Painting Class for One or Two at Studio 937 Chicago (Up to 44% Off)

Studio 937 Chicago

West Town

Students replicate the evening’s chosen painting, such as a colorful cityscape, during group painting classes

$49 $28

Welding Courses or DIY Table-Making Course at Arc Academy (Up to 36% Off). Three Options Available.

Arc Academy

West Town

Experienced welders help students hone their skills at MIG welding or fabricate their own tables in engaging classes

$100 $69

5 or 10 Tango or Ballet Classes at Tango 21 (Up to 62% Off)

Tango 21

Multiple Locations

Led by a Buenos Aires native, a team of professional instructors educate dancers in the finer points of ballet or tango

$65 $25

BYOB Painting Class for One or Two at Arts n Spirits (Up to 38% Off)

Arts n Spirits

Bucktown

Students sip drinks while learning to create a given painting in a laidback social environment

$40 $26

Two or Four 30-Minute Voice Lessons at Heart of Singing (53% Off)

Heart of Singing

Chicago Center for the Arts

Instructors impart healthy vocal technique to students in half-hour voice lessons tailored to individual goals

$80 $38

BYOB Painting Class with Entertainment for One, Two, or Four at FLP: The ART eXperience (Up to 44% Off)

FLP: An Interactive Art Affair

Location

Students follow their instructor’s lead as the create their own work of art while sipping wine or drinks brought from home

$42 $24

$42 for a Two-Hour Coffee 101 Class at Ipsento Coffee ($80 Value)

Ipsento Coffee

Chicago

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

$80 $42

$39 for a Microsoft Office Certification Career Advancement Bundle from IT University Online ($399 Value)

IT University Online

Online Deal

Exercises, multimedia aids, and exam simulators aid in Microsoft Office certification, strengthening resumés and enhancing marketability

$399 $39

Scuba-Certification Courses at Learn Scuba Chicago (Up to 49% Off)

Learn Scuba Chicago

Multiple Locations

Scuba-certification courses led by dive experts Captain Bob and crew take students on pool dives in Chicago and open-water dives in Kankakee

$295 $149

Month of Classes for One or Two at Latin Rhythms Dance (Up to 54% Off)

Latin Rhythms Dance

West Town

Professional instructors lead students in lessons of Salsa, Bachata, and Mambo across all fitness levels

$75 $35

Secondo Corso: Pasta-Making Class with Dinner for One or Two at Cooking Fools (Up to 50% Off)

Cooking Fools

Bucktown

Instructors help pupils craft more complex pasta and sauces in this meat-focused course, then host an after-class feast of the spoils

$95 $50

Select Local Merchants

  • Chicago Bei Dou Kung Fu
    Students should bring: Bottle of water Registration required: Yes Good for beginners: Yes Average class length: 30-60 minutes Number of Staff: 1–5 people Class location: Indoors only Established: 2009 Guests allowed: No Parking: Free street parking Pro Tip: Bring a positive attitude and interest in the spirit of martial arts. Q&A with the Admin With Instructor Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated? We keep our students motivated by providing a challenging curriculum in a supportive environment. Most students come to our school already with an interest in the culture of Chinese martial arts. It is exciting to learn about a rich tradition first hand from teachers who have trained most of their lives professionally in China. What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make? We focus on helping students make a healthy physical transformation. We've seen our students improve their balance, their reflexes, and their posture as well as gain more self-confidence and find new friendships at the school. What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student? A typical group class begins with warm ups, stretching, and practicing the basic movements and forms for the style (Kung Fu, Tai Chi, or Sanshou) of the class the student is attending. Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover? Chinese martial arts is not just about self-defense or how to make your body stronger, it's about promoting peace, keeping your body healthy, and caring about others. Kung Fu can help you discover yourself.
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    1511 West Fullerton Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Carlson Lobby - North Park University
    On a trip to Chicago from his native Italy, young Mario Tricoci changed his life forever. The fledgling hairdresser stopped in at a prestigious salon, where he impressed the owner with his impeccable display of skill and landed himself a job. The next six decades brought strings of industry awards and the opening of his very own salon, which soon exploded into 26 locations in four states. With his styling prowess proven both to the industry and to the clients he encountered each day, the coiffeur decided to share his gift with others. In 2004, he established Tricoci University to foster a new generation of cosmetologists and spa technicians trained to thrive in the luxury-spa industry. Throughout the Midwest, Tricoci protégés study a rigorous curriculum in high-end salon and spa surroundings to learn how to create beautiful hairdos, choose skin-flattering cosmetics, and beautify nails and skin. A team of experienced industry professionals readies pupils for the beauty world with in-depth classes, and outside education arrives via video demonstrations and guest-artist lectures on Vidal Sassoon's Wedge-Bob Postulate. More advanced students get a preview of their career to come by beautifying real people during instructor-supervised treatments, which lend the stylist essential experience as the client enjoys a pampering session at a discounted rate.
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    3225 West Foster Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Alliance Francaise De Chicago
    Four Things to Know About the Alliance Française de Chicago The Alliance Française de Chicago was founded in 1897 to foster an understanding of French language and culture among the people of Chicago. It’s a worthy effort, especially since the first European settlers of the land that would become Chicago were French. Read on to learn more about the Alliance: There’s a lot of wine. In addition to French language classes, the Alliance hosts lots of one-off cultural events where wine flows freely, including French film screenings and sommelier-led wine tastings. If you’re considering enrolling in a class, check out the free open house, where you can take trial classes and enjoy complimentary wine and cheese. You’ll become a master of pronunciation. Many of the teachers at the Alliance Française (ah-lee-AHNZ-frahn-SEZ) are native speakers of French, and the rest have been studying the language long enough that you might think they are. You’re never too old (or young) for class. Students in the Alliance’s French classes range in age from 1 to 85. The Chez Kids Academy immerses kids aged 1–12 in French at a time when their brains are primed for language acquisition. It’s part of a global tradition. The Alliance Française de Chicago is one of more than 1,100 Alliances Françaises in the world.
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    810 North Dearborn Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Fussy Baby Network
    Linda Gilkerson, a professor at Erikson Institute, founded the Fussy Baby Network to support families who were having difficulty with the crying, sleeping, and feeding challenges that a new baby can present. The innovative home-visit program supports any parent feeling stressed and depressed during the first months of the infant's life. To that end, she gathered social workers, counselors, psychologists, child-development specialists, and pediatricians to work together to ensure families have the most up-to-date knowledge for caring for a new baby. Today, Fussy Baby Network, a program of the Erikson Institute, has helped more than 6,000 families in Cook County, responding to requests from parents having concerns with their infant’s excessive crying, sleeping, or feeding difficulties. A specialist will travel to parents’ homes and assist them in overcoming their specific challenges, including colic, feeding problems, and disrupted sleeping schedules. Specialists help to determine sleep schedules, reassure parents, and teach them how to communicate with their new children. Fussy Baby Network also provides mental-health and development screenings to detect if family members could benefit from additional therapy; it can then offer referrals to other professionals.
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    451 North LaSalle Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Sentieri Italiani
    In Italian, sentieri Italiani means "Italian paths"—something with which Daniela Cavallero is very familiar. A native of Italy's Piemonte region, Cavallero imagined a place where she could bestow the rich heritage and language of her homeland upon the citizens of her new home in Chicago. She spun her vision into a reality, summoning a squadron of fluent Italian speakers to lead Sentieri Italian's language and culture classes. During each lesson, these well-versed instructors strive to teach pupils of all experience levels more than just language skills—they also give them a thorough rundown of Italian culture and history. The team also spreads its wealth of knowledge of all things Italian beyond the classroom. To prep travelers for annual excursions to Italy, staffers devise detailed cultural training to ensure travelers know basic phrases and can quickly catch leaning towers. They also arrange regular cultural and dining events and organize a trove of services, including translations, genealogical studies, and assistance in procuring Italian citizenship.
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    5430 North Broadway Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • MyGuru
    When they founded their business in 2009, MyGuru's founders were all still graduate students at Northwestern University. The trials and tribulations of preparing for the SAT, ACT, GMAT, and LSAT tests fresh in their minds, they saw a need, and an opportunity, for customized one-on-one tutoring for aspiring students. Having all cut their teeth working for prominent test-prep and tutoring companies themselves, the founders set out to create a company with a different focus from the rest. MyGuru got rolling slowly, focusing on acquiring the services of stellar tutors, rather than in catering to the maximum number of students. After three years steadily growing its influence in the Chicagoland area, MyGuru began expanding to other urban areas where tutors could thrive: big cities including New York, college towns such as Champagne, IL, and scholarly bastions like the secret NASA Moonbase Only for Smart People. Today, MyGuru's experienced staff can be found around the country, helping students master test materials whether they're on the road to an undergraduate degree or their Master of Mastery.
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    600 N Kingsbury St
    Chicago, IL US
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