Chicago Rope provides high-quality rope education while working to create a more inclusive rope community.
We do not believe there is one right way to tie. Instead, we seek to help our students develop knowledge that empowers them to make informed decisions about the techniques they use.
We work to make rope education more accessible to members of marginalized communities and those not well-served by existing kink spaces. We recognize that race, gender, and ability all affect the experience of rope bondage in ways that are often not addressed by the rope community. We seek to shift the conversation by providing a platform for educators who draw on diverse experiences and by teaching a curriculum that is designed to directly address the concerns of all our attendees. No one is turned away from our events for a lack of funds.
We strive to be transparent about our policies and expect to be held to them. We aim to be responsive to our community’s needs. When we fall short, we seek to make things right. We welcome and respond to feedback. We encourage those who wish to have a say in how we do things to get involved with our organization as volunteers or presenters and to help shape what we do. You can download our full Organizational Code of Conduct, which outlines the commitments we make to the community as an organization.
At each of our monthly events, we offer one class focusing primarily on skills applicable to those who tie and one class focusing on skills applicable to those who are tied. Our monthly classes are taught by highly experienced instructors, including Chicago Rope's own staff instructors and guest presenters from Chicago and beyond.
We co-host a monthly rope social with our partner Second City Kinbaku. It's a night to practice, to meet new friends and play partners, and to gain inspiration from others in the rope community. This event includes a discussion panel on different subjects each month.
We organize weekend intensive workshops several times each year, typically with nationally or internationally renowned presenters. These events are an opportunity for a small group of students to work in-depth with a single instructor for a longer period of time. Each intensive is priced differently, and intensives require registering with a partner as a tying pair.