CHICAGO — This month, Chicago Rope goes back to basics with an entire event devoted to helping you improve your TK (aka gote shibari or box tie). And for brand new beginners, we’ll be kicking off another iteration of our Fundamentals of Japanese Rope Bondage series. If you’ve been wanting to learn rope, this is your chance to join a three-class progression that will get you started with the basics that you need to know to move on to more advanced ties.
If you just finished Rope 103 last month, you can start working on the two-rope gote. If you are already tying that well, you can learn how to add a third rope. We might even spend some time talking about attaching uplines to TKs for those who are ready.
with Chicago Rope Staff
We’ll start out with an assessment of your current gote and then break into small groups organized by level and facilitated by Chicago Rope staff instructors and TAs. Groups will be working on the two-rope gote, at least one three-rope variation, and possibly some suspension prep material.
Rope Bondage 101: Lark’s Head, Double Column, and Ladder Tie
with Chicago Rope Staff
Chicago Rope’s Fundamentals of Japanese Rope Bondage series is designed to provide a solid foundation in Japanese rope for people with absolutely no experience tying. This three-month series repeats four times a year, starting in January, April, July, and October. While we recommend that you start with Rope 101 and take the series in order, if you already have some rope experience and are a fast learner, you can join at any time.
For those who have never done rope but want to learn, this class is an accessible introduction. After covering the most important safety issues you need to know before starting out with rope bondage, we will practice several basic but useful ways of incorporating rope into your BDSM play. Rather than focusing on fancy knots and decorative ties that you won’t remember, this class will give you powerful tools you can take home and use the same night with rope you can purchase at a hardware store. You will learn a lark’s head, a comfortable yet easy-to-execute double-column tie, and how to build a ladder tie using basic frictions.
Chicago Rope Social Hour
4-5pm @ GD2
Come early to Chicago Rope to catch up with friends, meet other people interested in rope, find a partner if you need one, and get settled into a floor space. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Classes will start promptly at 5pm.
Rope Bottoming Roundtable
4:15-4:45pm in Serenity
A roundtable discussion group for bottoms of all levels, including those just starting to explore rope. Each month, different topics will be discussed.
How do I attend?
Chicago Rope is open to anyone over the age 18 (with valid, state-issued ID) who is interested in rope. The event is hosted at the Galleria Domain 2 club (GD2) during non-member hours. Those who are not members of GD2 must complete and sign an Entrance Agreement in order to access the premises. We strongly recommend that you do so prior to attending the event to make entry faster and more efficient for everyone. Your online agreement only needs to be completed once to attend all future Chicago Rope events (and any other events at GD2).
Where is GD2 located?
GD2 is located near the border of the Logan Square and Bucktown neighborhoods in Chicago. To get the exact address, you must RSVP here.
What does it cost?
Monthly Chicago Rope events are offered to the public free of charge. All of the organizers and presenters are unpaid volunteers, and our hosts are donating the use of their space.
Do I need a partner?
No. Participants are always welcome to self-tie or simply observe the class of your choice. If you would like to find a partner in advance, you can post in our Seeking Partners thread. If you connect with a potential partner online, we encourage you to meet them in person prior to committing to working with them. One way to do this is at our rope Social Hour, which is always immediately prior to our educational events. You can also search for a partner in-person at the Social Hour, as we will offer color-coded stickers to those seeking partners as a top, bottom, or switch.
Keep in mind that GD2 rules do not permit play during non-member hours, so all tying at Chicago Rope events must be in lab-mode, of the tie demonstrated by the instructor, and for educational purposes only. However, as rope is an activity that involves close physical contact between people, Chicago Rope and GD2 expect that all interactions between partners will be consensual and with respect for any and all stated boundaries. Please contact a staff member if you have any questions or issues regarding this policy.
Do I need rope?
If you only want to be tied, you don’t need to bring any rope. If you would like to tie (or self tie), we recommend that you bring your own rope. We do have a few lengths of synthetic rope available for loan if you need it.
For the Intro to Rope class, almost any rope is fine. We recommend rope of a diameter between 6mm (1/4 inch) and 10mm (3/8 inch). Soft synthetic rope like braided or twisted nylon in this size can easily be purchased at a hardware store. One length of 20-30 feet is sufficient, although shorter or longer lengths will also work.
For the intermediate classes, unless otherwise noted in the class description, we recommend at least three 8 meter (25-30 feet) lengths of natural fiber (jute or hemp) ropes of approximately 6mm (1/4 inch) diameter. If you choose to use synthetic ropes, be aware that some ties may need to be modified to suit your rope.
We also suggest bringing a yoga mat or blanket to sit on.
What should I wear?
Participants must remain dressed legally for public spaces in Chicago. This means that while stripping off a restrictive layer or two is okay, getting completely naked is not. Wear something that is comfortable, fitted, and that you can move in. To comply with city laws and remain gender-neutral, Chicago Rope will be implementing a slightly stricter policy of no exposed nipples for anyone. We thank you for your cooperation.
How can I get involved as a presenter or volunteer?