Chicago Rope holds first event in new space

CHICAGO — Chicago bondage group Chicago Rope will have their first class since leaving Galleria Domain on Feb. 11.

From the Fetlife event:

This will be our first class in our new Wicker Park venue, Outerspace Studios! For this special event, we’ll be offering a doubleheader of great rope classes, starting with Emotional Processing as a Bottom from 12:30-2 and then a technical hands-on class on Alice’s own design, the Tengu Karada from 2:30-4. Come for one or both classes! For more information, visit our website.

Outerspace Studios is conveniently located in the heart of Wicker Park, just steps from the Damen blue line. Note that parking is difficult in this neighborhood but with persistence can be found on Milwaukee or on the streets surrounding the park. We recommend that those who must drive allow at least 15 minutes extra time to find parking.

This is an 18+ event. You must have a government-issued ID verifying your age to be admitted.


Letting Go Without Losing Yourself: Emotional Processing as a Bottom

Most bottoming classes deal with the physical experience of rope bondage. While these active bottoming techniques are very helpful, this class focuses more on the emotional experience of rope bondage demoed during a difficult transition sequence. We’ll discuss a bottom’s decision-making process involving what and how to communicate with their top, and also touch on emotional activation during rope bondage. Learn techniques for staying present not only physically but mentally. This is a lecture and demo class that does not require a tying partner.

Tengu Karada

This unique tie is a diamond-pattern, suspendable, tengu-position body harness. It has been extensively developed to ease tension on the arms, lessen worry of nerve-damage, be adaptable to many different body types, and be suitable for dynamic suspension. Some basic knowledge of single columns, hojo cuffs, various frictions, and keeping tension will be required to be successful with this tie. This is a chest-loading harness so be ready for some moderate breath play when loaded!


Single Class

At the Door: $15
Advance Purchase: $10

Both Classes

At the Door: $20
Advance Purchase: $15
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All pricing is per person. As with all Chicago Rope events, we offer sliding scale payment options and volunteer opportunities for those who cannot afford to contribute financially. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please email in advance of the event to request sliding scale or to sign up to volunteer.


Alice & Billy

Alice Wolfe is a trans femme rope top currently based in the MidWest. She likes chaotic rope, vegan pizza, and beating people with billy clubs. She believes that intentional bodyhandling can intensify the power exchange and sadism involved in rope bondage.

Billy is a rope enthusiast and power bottom active in the Midwest since 2011. They are an advocate for inclusive bottoming education, and enjoy masochism, emotional vulnerability, and queering the rope scene.
Together they make a fuzzy kind of rainbow thing that provides perspective from both sides of the slash.


Do I need a partner?

Most Chicago Rope classes are hands-on instruction designed for top-bottom pairs to practice together. However, we always welcome those who wish to attend solo, either to observe the class or to self-tie if possible. Note that many of our classes cover patterns that cannot easily be self-tied, and our instructors and TAs might not be able to provide extensive assistance on modifying patterns for self-tying. When we offer classes specifically geared towards self-tying, or that do not require partners, this will be clearly noted in the class description.

If you would like to find a class partner in advance, you can post in our Seeking Partners thread. If you connect with a potential partner online, we encourage you to meet them in person prior to committing to working with them. One way to do this is at our monthly Rope Social. You can also meet potential class partners at the Social.

Do I need rope?

If you would like to tie (or self tie), you should bring your own rope. We will be offering rope for sale for those who need it.

Unless otherwise noted in the class description, we recommend at least three 8 meter (25-30 feet) lengths of natural fiber (jute or hemp) ropes of approximately 6mm (1/4 inch) diameter. If you choose to use synthetic ropes, be aware that some ties may need to be modified to suit your rope.

What else should I bring?

Chicago Rope is an 18+ event. In order to enter the space, we require that you bring a have a government issued ID (such as a driver’s license or passport) verifying your age to be admitted.

We also suggest bringing a yoga mat or blanket to sit on. A water bottle is a pretty good idea as well.

What should I wear?

This event is open to the public, so participants must remain dressed legally for public spaces in Chicago. This means that while stripping off a restrictive layer or two is okay, getting completely naked is not. Wear something that is comfortable, fitted, and that you can move in. To comply with city laws and remain gender-neutral, Chicago Rope adheres to a slightly stricter policy of no exposed nipples for anyone. Pasties are acceptable. We thank you for your cooperation.

Is this event wheelchair accessible?

No. Outerspace Studios is located up a long flight of stairs. There is no elevator available.

How do I use reduced cost and sliding scale payment options?

Chicago rope does not offer reduced cost and sliding scale payments at the door on the day of the event. In order to request reduced cost or sliding scale, please email at least 24 hours in advance of the event. Let us know how much you are able to pay (even if it’s $0.00) and whether you’re willing to and able to volunteer. We’ll be in touch and get you squared away to attend.

How can I get involved as a presenter or volunteer?

Presenters should use this form to apply. Those interested in volunteering for organizational roles should use this form. Chicago Rope staff will get in touch to discuss how you can help.