All classes are open to the public. Students must be 15 years or older, unless otherwise specified. Parking is FREE after 4pm Mon-Fri and all day on weekends. Information subject to change.
Email or call 847.467.7112 for more information

Register early and save $8! Early registration is May 19 – June 13

Beginning July 7th, a late registration fee of $5.00 will be added to each course cost, so be sure to sign up early! All registration closes July 12th. Mini Workshop registration will extend until the day of each workshop.

If a course is canceled, participants will be notified prior to the first class and will receive a full refund. To ensure that a class meets minimum enrollment, be sure to register early!

Refunds may be given, minus a $13.00 withdrawal fee. No refunds will be provided if a withdrawal is requested after the first class session. The Mini Courses Program does not issue full or partial refunds for lack of attendance or indifference to the course curriculum. You may contact the Mini Course office at


List of Classes by Day

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Watercolor (Ingrid Albrecht) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Learn watercolor painting from one of Chicago’s leading artists.  Students will learn how to overcome the FEAR of the blank paper, compose their own paintings by learning the elements and principles of design, the importance of value in watercolor painting, and MANY exciting painting techniques.  ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED!
Mondays: July 7 – August 11; 5:30–7:30pm
Norris Center, ARTica Classroom
Fee: $108 NU / $118 Public

Wheel Throwing 1 (Jason Kaiser) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Learn the fundamentals of wheel throwing on the pottery wheel to make and glaze your own cups, bowls, vases, and pitchers. Enjoy practicing what you learn whenever there is open studio.
Section 1: Mondays: July 7 – August 11; 6:00-8:00pm
Section 2: Tuesdays: July 8 – August 12; 6:00–8:00pm
Norris Center, ARTica Studio
Fee: $98 NU/ $108 Public

Wheel Throwing 2 (Jason Kaiser) (Register Now)
This class is for students who want to review and practice their throwing skills. The focus will be on making taller and larger work and incorporating hand building techniques. Previous Ceramics experience is required.
Wednesdays: July 9 – August 13; 6:00-8:00pm
Norris Center, ARTica Studio
Fee: $98 NU / $108 Public


Ballroom Dance (Randy Hooker) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Learn a wide array of moves for the dance floor. This class is an introduction to many dance styles, including waltz, jitterbug, foxtrot, cha-cha, mambo, and tango.
Tuesdays: July 8 – August 12; 6:00-7:30pm
Location TBA
Fee: $88 NU Couple / $98 Public Couple


Digital Video Editing (Will Sonheim) (Register Now)
Learn the basics of video editing. This course introduces participants to the role of the editor as storyteller, the history of editing, and the fundamentals of editing as an art and craft. The course is hands-on.
Tuesdays: July 8 ­– August 12; 6:00-8:00pm
NU Main Library, B182
Fee: $88 NU / $98 Public

Digital Photography (Lauren Payne) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Whether you own a point-and-shoot or a DSLR, this class will give you a better grasp of your camera.  You will leave this class with a knowledge of basic photographic techniques and a project you are proud of.  Cameras not included.
Wednesdays: July 9 – August 13; 7:00–9:00pm
NU Main Library, B182
Fee: $88 NU / $98 Public


You must be 21 or older to attend any Drink Class. Valid photo IDs are required to enter each class.

Cake Decorating (Xiomara Ortiz) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Decorate your cake, and eat it too!  At the end of this course, you will be able to create and store fondant and royal icing decorations, master buttercream techniques, and understand cake decoration from design concept to implementation.
Tuesdays: July 8 – August 12; 6:30-8:00pm
TGP Alcove
Fee: $98 NU / $108 Public

Summer Cocktails (Mark & Kathleen Gruber) (Register Now)
Learn how to incorporate fresh herbs into punches and other summer cocktails.
Tuesdays: July 8, 15, 6:00–7:#0pm
Location TBA
Fee: $48 NU / $58 Public


Yoga (Kendell Sullivan) (Register Now)
Learn the foundational asanas (postures) of yoga practice. Each class begins with pranayama (breath work) and touches on yogic principles that students can use to bring stress relief and a sense of calm into everyday life. Please bring your own yoga mat.
Mondays: July 7 – August 11; 5:30-6:30pm
Location TBD
Fee: $58 NU / $68 Public

Zumba (Leah Martin) (Register Now)
Are you ready to party yourself into shape? Forget the workout, just lose yourself in the music and find yourself in shape at the original dance-fitness party. Zumba® classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before you know it, you’ll be getting fit and your energy levels will be soaring! It’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating.
Thursdays: July 10 – August 14; 5:15-6:15pm
Norris Center, Lake Room
Fee: $58 NU / $68 Public