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Did you know that you can go dancing every night of the week in this fun-loving city?  Some of these venues even offer free lessons, so even the newbies can hit the dance floor after learning a few basic steps.  Here’s a partial list to get you started!  Please note that the following information changes from time to time, so the best bet is to check Chris Johnson’s Hot Salsa Kitchen Yahoo group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hotsalsakitchen/), or check with individual venues for the latest updates.

MONDAYS

Zocalo Restaurant
358 W Ontario Ave
Lesson from 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Social Dancing until 2am
$5 cover

TUESDAYS

Alhambra Palace
1240 W Randolph St
Lesson from 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Social dancing until 2:00am
Free entrance until 8pm; $5 guest list discount from 8pm – 10:30pm; $10 after 10:30pm
email info@4fantasticos.com to get on guest list

WEDNESDAYS

Green Dolphin St
2200 N Ashland Ave
LIVE salsa band
Lesson from 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Social dancing until 4:00am
$5 guest list discount until 10:00pm; $10 after 10:30pm
email info@4fantasticos.com to get on guest list

Lalo’s Restaurant – University Village
733 W. Maxwell St
Lesson at 9:30pm
Social dancing until 2:00am
no cover

THURSDAYS

Excalibur (upstairs)
632 N. Dearborn
Lesson from 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Social dancing until 4:00am
$10 cover

Aberdeen
1856 W North Ave
Social dancing from 9:00pm – 2:00am
no cover

~N~ Lounge
2977 N Elston
Social dancing from 10:00pm – 2:00am
no cover

FRIDAYS

Alhambra Palace (upstairs)
1240 W Randolph
Lesson from 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Social dancing until 2:00am
$5 guest list discount before 11:00pm; $10 cover
eeguestlist@yahoo.com, or text COPA to 72106

Rumba
351 W Hubbard St
LIVE salsa band
Lesson from 10:00pm – 10:30pm
Social dancing until 2:00am
$5 guest list discount before 10:00pm; $10 cover

SATURDAYS

Rumba
351 W Hubbard St
LIVE salsa band
Salsa Class at 10pm
Social dancing until 3am

Tumbao
3213 W Armitage Ave
LIVE salsa band
Social dancing 9:00pm – 3:00am
no cover

SUNDAYS

Cubby Bear
1059 W Addison
LIVE salsa band
Lesson from 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Social dancing until 2:00am
$7 Cover
Free parking in the Cubby Bear lot

Once you take these mini lessons, you might want to look into taking classes with some of the dance schools in the area.  I will be covering dancing schools in my next article!

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