Chicago Rope

Introduction to Japanese Rope Bondage

A Four-Week Course

This four-class series will give you all of the tools you need to start tying in the Japanese style of rope bondage (aka shibari or kinbaku).


Monday Evenings From 8:15 to 10:15 PM

Please enroll only if you can commit to attending all four sessions. The material is cumulative from session to session.


No previous rope experience is necessary. If you have already learned a significant amount of rope elsewhere, this course is likely not for you. All attendees must be 18 or older. You must have a government-issued ID verifying your age to be admitted.


You must attend this series with a partner. We ask that you work with the same partner and choose one role (tying or being tied) for the duration of the course. This class is limited to a total of 6 tying pairs.


We’ll cover safety, core techniques and concepts, and classic ties that you can use for play. This class will also help you build the skills to move on to the more advanced material taught in our monthly classes.


This course requires at least two lengths of medium-diameter bondage-grade natural-fiber rope, such as jute or hemp. We offer a package of two pieces of processed and conditioned premium 6mm Ogawa jute for purchase at a discounted price with your registration. We also have unprocessed rope available for sale at all of our events.


Bring your own Rope

priced per tying pair
$ 120
  • Four 2-hour classes
  • Admission to our monthly Rope Social for two
  • Requires bondage-grade rope
Lowest Price

Rope included

priced per tying pair
$ 170
  • Four 2-hour classes
  • Admission to our monthly Rope Social for two
  • Includes two lengths of processed rope
Best Value

Cash, Venmo, and other payment options are accepted.
A limited number of reduced price registration slots are available each course.
To request an alternative payment method or reduced cost pricing, please contact us.


This course will be held in our Wicker Park class venue, Outerspace Studios, directly above Volumes bookstore. The Damen blue line stop is very close to the studio. When you arrive, press the button for “Moon Studio” and you will be buzzed in. The studio is at the top of the stairs in the far back. 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.