Yes, hurling stone slabs down sheets of painted ice is an Olympic sport. And yes, you can learn the art of curling without booking a flight to South Korea. Chicago Curling Club will teach you the ins and outs of the game with regular "bonspiels" (multi-game festive tournaments similar to a bowling league) followed by plenty of boozing and socializing with fellow sportsman. The ice is open October-March, so get those broomsticks ready.
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