With apologies to my friends in Winterfell, “Summer is coming.” And that means Summer Improv Classes in Chicago! I wrote about this topic last year (check it out here) but I wanted to add some things for 2012. If you’re coming to Chicago for improv classes this summer here are some tips n tricks:
I cannot stress the wonder of all the improvisation to see in Chicago. DO go see shows at theaters beyond your school. There are free shows, half-price shows and sometimes discounts for students (of all theaters.) Check them out.
DO take a day or two off a week.
DO be a tourist. Visit the corny, cheesy, fun side of Chicago.
As I write this, it is 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but by the time you get here, it will be VERY HOT. And Chicago tends to get hot and sunny. DON’T overdo it. Hydrate. Plan ahead. Lift with your legs.
DO make new friends. Especially if you’re coming here with a group… learn from others. Who knows, you might meet your new group this summer!
DON’T feel like you HAVE to try deep-dish pizza. It’s not that great (I’m originally from NY and I’m not a big fan.)
DO visit some of our amazing street festivals! Here’s a list of them!
DON’T be careless! Keep an eye on your belongings. Keep your head about you; just like any large city, there is crime here and you need to be careful.
DON’T drink too much. It may seem that alcohol is a centerpiece to many functions but don’t feel pressured to join in. Keep in mind that not everyone drinks (or may even be able to) when planning class excursions.
DO take pictures!
DO use Google. Use the internet and check out shows, restaurants and events you may be interested in. Ask Chicagoans their opinions. Then, go with your gut.
DO take advantage! Many schools will offer free workshops, q&a’s and more! Ask your teachers!
Do you live in Chicago? Have some more advice? Let’s hear it!