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Gettin' Schooled: University WPB

Most people in Wicker Park and Bucktown are graduates from the School of Life.  Some have even attended the School of Hard Knocks! And hey, knowledge is power, so whether you were the teacher’s pet or class clown, there's a perfect class in Wicker Park and Bucktown just for you.  


1. Elena Chicago at Club Lucky

    1824 W. Wabansia



Start your head-feeding day with a Spanish lesson from Elena Chicago, a language-learning program that teaches Spanish in local hangouts through interactive methods such as listening, speaking, reading, music, and, of course, fun! Classes are $200 for an eight-week session,  are at both a beginner and intermediate level, and are currently hosted at Bucktown's very own Club Lucky, which means you can also have a martini while expanding your linguistic horizons. Fantastico!


2. Bollywood Groove

   1890 N. Milwaukee Ave
   (312) 772-6559

2) Now that you have brushed up on your Spanish, let's get up AND get down at Bollywood Groove, located west on Wabansia and north on Milwaukee Ave.  A Chicagoland based Bollywood and Bhangra dance company, their mission is to make these dance styles accessible to everyone. And by everyone, they really mean everyone! Whether you are Bolly-curious or Bolly-serious, they can help you get your groove on with some catchy music and fun moves. Bachlorette parties, private lessons, and even cardio classes are available. And everyone at Bollywood Groove gets an A+ in cardio class! 

3. Arts n Spirits
    1921 N. Damen
    (773) 772-3877

Now that you can nail Slash's acoustic guitar solo from "Patience", head to the northern area of Bucktown by walking north on Damen or jumping on the Damen 50 bus and prepare to unleash your inner Van Gogh at Arts n Spirits. No need to cram for any art appreciation exams here! Bring a bottle of vino, slip into your apron, and settle in for a fun painting class during which you will create your own painting with the help of the friendly staff artists (and the wine). By the end of the evening you will be amazed at the artwork you have produced!  Classes are between $25-40 and the lesson includes canvases, paint, easels, and aprons.

4. The Kids Table
   2337 W. North Ave.
   (773) 235-2665

After speaking, dancing, and painting all day, it's time to learn to EAT!  Go south on Damen and west on North until you reach The Kids' Table, a unique cooking school that transforms healthy cooking and eating into an adventure for all ages. Their mission is to educate and empower tots, adults and everyone in between to cook, eat and love wholesome foods. Cooking, eating, and loving...may I have seconds, please?  Their classes, private parties and school programs combine hands-on experience, engaging instruction and yummy recipes so students can take the culinary fun from their kitchen to theirs.  Delicious AND nutritious!

With that, you have graduated with Honors from The University of Wicker Park and Bucktown!  You have made the Dean's List, Honor Roll, and earned a certificate in Awesomeness.  Congratulations!


Copyright 2012. Written by Stephanie Sack, owner of vive la femme, a Bucktown-based agency dedicated to colorful culture, exceptional events, and sparkling marketing for Chicago's small businesses.  Oh, and she is also a plus-size fashion expert, personal stylist, and curvy closet remixer