Celebrate Chicago Tango Fest by shaking it at tango dance parties called milongas. Bonus: They're cheap!
Part party, part dance lesson, this weekly get-together kicks off with a class for the newbies at 8pm then dives into music for tango veterans at 9:15pm. Organizer Bill Duvall—nephew of famously tango-loving actor Robert Duvall—mans the DJ booth until 1am. Alhambra Palace Restaurant, 1240 W Randolph St (312-666-9555). Thursdays; lesson $10, dance before 10pm $5, after 10pm $10.
All Day Milonga
Designed for hard-core dance-lovers, this eight-hour BYOB party starts with a three-hour opposites-attract dance in which partners choose which gender will lead and follow. Whoever isn’t exhausted by the end is invited to stay for the one-hour lesson for beginners followed by a four-hour party for dancers of all ability levels. Education isn’t just relegated to the dance floor: Before the party begins, milonga virgins are given a brief crash course in tango etiquette. Ritz Tango Café, 933 N Ashland Ave (773-235-2233). Sundays 4–7pm; $10, beginner’s lesson $5, dancing 8pm–midnight $10.
Somer and Agape’s Tango Reaction
Don’t let the dramatic name or the fact that it’s held in a Greek restaurant throw you off—these beginner milongas are pure Argentine tango. In 4.5 hours, you can get an hour-long beginner lesson, a one-hour supervised practice and a 2.5-hour dance. Between sets, feed your workout hunger with cocktails and Greek apps. Barba Yianni Grecian Taverna, 4761 N Lincoln Ave (773-878-6400). Every Sunday and Wednesday 7:30pm–midnight, $10.