Chicago Rope

The Chicago
rope dojo

Ongoing training and Practice

Photo by @cityapril

The Chicago Rope Dojo is a series of ongoing rope training sessions. It meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 7pm to 10pm. Drawing from a range of somatic and movement arts, instructors lead students through exercises designed to improve communication skills, footwork, body manipulation, and rope handling. Students can attend alone or with a partner.


Thursday June 25
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm The Chicago Rope Dojo
Thursday July 9
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm The Chicago Rope Dojo
Thursday July 23
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm The Chicago Rope Dojo
Thursday August 13
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm The Chicago Rope Dojo
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per person

Single Class

$ 20
  • Buy Online or at the Door

Punch Card

$ 200
  • 12-class Package
two classes free

Cash, Venmo, and other payment options are accepted.  As with all Chicago Rope events, we have reduced price options available for those who need them. To request an alternative payment method or reduced cost pricing, please contact us.



The Chicago Rope Dojo meets every second and fourth Thursday from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.


Those who wish to handle ropes should have a general fluency with the fundamentals of Japanese rope, including a single column tie, standard frictions and hitches, and a basic chest harness. Those who wish to be in ropes should have body awareness regarding nerve impingement and circulation and the ability to communicate effectively during a tie.
Before attending this class, we recommend that students complete our Fundamentals of Japanese Rope series. At a minimum, students should be able to tie a single column and a basic chest harness. Students should also be comfortable tying in front of other students and being observed. All attendees must be 18 or older. You must have a government-issued ID verifying your age to be admitted.


Please bring at least two to four lengths of medium-diameter natural-fiber rope, such as jute or hemp. We have some loaner ropes available and we will have rope available for purchase at all Chicago Rope events.


While most topics covered in this class will involve people tying with other people, students are welcome to attend with or without a partner. Students may also attend in groups of three or switch roles during class at their discretion, but those interested in doing so should keep in mind that exercises might not allow for enough time for more than one person to practice tying. Because our classes often deal with highly personal material, we recommend that you attend with someone you trust and feel comfortable working closely with both physically and emotionally.

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.