Chicago Rope

Common Ground

at Chicago Rope

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 about rope bondage to meet our community, see how people tie, and ask questions or discuss topics related to rope bondage.

There will also be an optional orientation session near the beginning of the event that will introduce our approach to rope bondage, describe how our space operates, and teach a few basic ties.

Upcoming events

Sunday, June 2

1:00PM - 4:00PM

doors open at 12:45

Sunday, July 7

2:00PM - 5:00PM

doors open at 1:45

Sunday, August 4

1:00PM - 4:00PM

doors open at 12:45



Common Ground is 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 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 orientation session.


We'll have a limited number of mats available and a few hanks of rope to loan 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.


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 any 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.


This event will be held in our Wicker Park 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 “Sun Studio” and you will be buzzed in. The studio is at the top of the stairs to the right. The venue requests 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.