Build some furniture in Woodworking 101
Non-profit salvage shop Rebuilding Exchange runs several great woodworking events, some of which are BYOB (after the power tools are put away, of course). Even if you've never touched a chop saw or drill press, you'll learn to make reclaimed wood benches, chairs, shelves, hanging herb gardens, or wine racks in Basic Woodworking 101. You can also use the workspace tools and materials during the three-hour Open Shop sessions, which are supervised by instructors to help you along with whatever project you dream up.
Cost: Basic Woodworking 101 is $290 for the four-week class ($340 for couples)
Use a creative writing class to finally tackle your novel
No matter what kind of story you want to tell, the writing classes at StoryStudio Chicago will get your ideas flowing and honed. The eight-week Creative Writing Essentials series is a good place to start if you’re into fiction, but they also have shorter courses and one-off workshops for memoirists, journalists, poets, and other authors.
Cost: $420 for Creative Writing Essentials, but it offers plenty of other options and prices