Chicago Rope

Common Ground

Eat, Drink, Share, and Tie

Common Ground is a studio event focusing on the relational elements of rope and community. It is a collaborative space designed to bring together different experiences, perspectives, and approaches.

Mats will be available for floorwork, and we’ll be eating, drinking, talking, and sharing as well as tying. Common Ground is a great place for those who are curious to meet our community, see how people tie, and ask questions or discuss topics related to rope.

Prior to each Common Ground, we offer a short Introduction to Japanese Rope class covering communication, safety, and our approach to Japanese rope. We’ll also learn some fast and easy ties.


First Sunday of Each Month

Upcoming Dates

Sunday February 7
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Common Ground
Sunday March 7
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Common Ground
Sunday April 4
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Common Ground
Sunday May 2
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Common Ground
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Common Ground and our Introduction to Japanese Rope class are offered free of charge for those who bring a food or non-alcoholic beverage item to share. For all others, we ask for a suggested donation of $5-10 per person to help defray venue rental costs. As always, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Who Can Attend

This is an 18+ event. You must bring a government-issued ID to verify your age in order to be admitted. You are welcome to attend with or without a partner. If it's your first time at Chicago Rope, we recommend arriving at the start of the event in order to attend our Introduction to Japanese Rope class.


We'll have a limited number of mats available and rope to borrow or purchase for those who need it. Bring your own rope and a mat or blanket if you have them!


Common Ground is open to attendees in all configurations: individuals, pairs, and larger groups. For those who are seeking partners for our educational offerings, Common Ground is a good place to meet other members of our community.

Dress Code

The dress code at all Chicago Rope events is rope casual. Casual means something you would feel comfortable wearing shopping, running errands, or in any other conventional public space. Clothing that would not be appropriate in public spaces, such as fetish gear, is not a good fit for our events. We recommend wearing something suitable for moving around, being on the floor, and physically interacting. Many people find that yoga or fitness-oriented clothing works well. It is best to avoid wearing strong fragrances. Also please keep in mind that Outerspace Studios does not allow outdoor shoes to be worn inside their studios. There is an area to remove street shoes at the top of the stairs prior to entering the studio.


Our studios at Outerspace are at the top of a long flight of stairs and have no elevator. We regret that this limits access to our events. We are happy to provide whatever accommodations we are able to. Please contact us directly for more information.


Our events are held at Outerspace Studios in Wicker Park, directly above Volumes bookstore. The Damen blue line stop is very close to the studio.

When you arrive, press the button for “Sun Studio” and you will be buzzed in. The studio is up the stairs and to the right. The venue requires that shoes be removed at the top of the stairs prior to entering the studio.

Parking can be difficult in this neighborhood but often can be found on Milwaukee or on the streets surrounding the park. We recommend that those who are driving allow at least 15 minutes extra time to find parking.

Please note that Outerspace Studio is not wheelchair accessible. Entering the studio requires ascending a long flight of stairs.