First Friday and Fortnightly:


Swingin’ At The Studio

1850 N Western Avenue  Chicago, IL

First Friday and Fortnightly are casual evenings of great instruction, fantastic music, and wonderful people.

On the First and Third Friday of every month, we host a lesson & dancing at the studio. We start with a beginner-friendly swing lesson and then open up the floor to practice your social dancing. You’ll have the opportunity to dance with folks of all abilities, as partners rotate throughout the night. And when you don’t feel like dancing, just relax and take in the scene.

This is an 18+ evening

*Why Fortnightly?  A Fortnight is wonderful oldey-timey word that refers to a period of two weeks.  Fortnightly is aptly named because it occurs two weeks after our original, long standing event, First Friday. Third Friday just didn’t have a ring to it.

Join us Friday, May 18 for Fortnightly

Beginning Lesson @ 8PM.  
No partner or experience required.
Arrive a little before 8pm if it’s your first class.

The evening, inclusive of the lesson, is $10 (cash only at the door) and very casual.
Just bring or wear a pair of clean, dry shoes and a smile.

Social dancing starts about 9pm

The music is swingin’ jazz, a great mix to practice your East Coast, Lindy, Charleston, & Balboa.

First time coming to the studio?   We’re across the street and just south of the Blue Line Western Stop. There is free street parking along Western, and both free and metered parking on Armitage, Milwaukee and the side streets.  We do not yet have our grand exterior sign.  We’re in the middle of the block and we have brochures right outside our door.

Water is provided via our brand new water bottle filling station and drinking fountains.  If you intend to bring additional beverages, do bring your own cups as we do not have them in the studio.

Upcoming Lessons

Friday, June 1, 2018 – First Friday
Friday, June 15, 2018 – Fortnightly

I went tonight for the short lesson and open dance. I had a blast! It has been too long since I last danced. It was a bit hot and crowded, but there were plenty of people there to dance. I’ll definitely be back, and I definitely recommend Big City Swing. – Reviewed 5/6/16 on Facebook


I’ve taken an array of lessons in the past and their intro lesson will get you out on the floor with confidence.  You’ll learn the basic step and a couple moves to twirl your way around the floor. – Read the full review on Yelp.


If you want to get hooked into this scene or just learn some classic American dances BCS is a good place to get introduced. You could either give First Fridays a try (first friday of the month they have a beginning lesson and a dance for $10), or just sign up for Swing I cold like I did. Just be warned that once you start learning it’s a bit addictive… you might get caught practicing your triple steps in the supermarket like some kind of jitterbugging junkie. -Read the full review on Yelp.


It was a so much fun. The instructors were very easy to follow. The class was full so we got a chance to dance with lots of different people. The dance afterwards was just as fun. I’m now going to sign up for the intro to swing class. I recommend this for anyone any age.” – Read the full review on Yelp.


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