Chicago Rope

Introduction to Japanese Rope

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



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 and the course is priced per tying pair. 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 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.


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.


Chicago Rope aims to create an inclusive space that is safe for people regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, or ability. For more information on how we do this, see our policies and mission statement.

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.

The rope part is a suggestion to wear something suitable for moving around, being on the floor, and tying and/or being tied. Many people find that yoga or fitness-oriented clothing works well. Business suits or other kinds of more formal dress are generally not ideal.

Please note that Outerspace Studios is a no-shoes venue. We ask that you remove your shoes at the top of stairs prior to entering the studio.


per tying pair

Bring your own rope

$ 120
  • Requires Two Lengths of Natural Fiber Rope

Rope Included

$ 170
  • Includes Two Lengths of Processed Rope
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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.


Monday Evenings From 8:00 to 10:00 PM

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


August 5

August 12

August 19

August 26


September 9

September 16

September 23

September 30


October 7

October 14

October 2​1

October 2​8


November 4

November 11

November 18

November 25


The dojo is 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 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.