I Visited a BDSM Dungeon!

Date posted: May 8, 2016

 

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Sensory deprivation at Chicago Dungeon Rentals

 

Recently, my wife and I were wandering the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Amongst the antique stores, nail salons, and record shops was our destination – a BDSM dungeon! So full disclosure, I’d say my wife and I have a pretty vanilla sex life and we’re both pretty happy with it; but when my friend and professional dominatrix Lady Sophia invited me to tour her dungeon, I wasn’t going to pass that opportunity up!

Off the main thoroughfare and down an inconspicuous alley, sits Chicago Dungeon Rentals. On the way there, we both weren’t really sure what to expect. Culturally speaking, the word “dungeon” conjures up the notion of dark, dank presumably subterranean cells, but this place was anything but. When we arrive, Lady Sophia buzzes us into a cool hallway filled with beautifully erotic photos and offers us a bottle of water. On the whole, the vestibule is more reminiscent of an upscale salon’s waiting room rather than a venue for kink and sadomasochism.

 

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The Red Room – Photo by Max Arson

 

Of course that impression changes as soon as she leads us to “The Red Room”. The first playroom is “dominated” by a large padded leather table with speed-hooks and eyebolts, over which sits a large ornate mirror for you to watch your session in style. The walls are a deep luscious vermillion, which is complimented by the rich tones of the two decorative cabinets flanking the bondage table. The cabinets are filled with props for medical play and various naughty accouterments. There is an assortment of paddles and floggers hanging near a St. Andrew’s Cross in the corner, as well as spanking bench and more full length mirrors.

 

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Safety first!

 

What I’m struck by more than anything else is the overall attention to detail. Everything is immaculately clean, maintained, and organized. There is subtle music being piped in from speakers. You can bring your own music via iPod or choose from a selection of cultivated tunes to help set the perfect mood. The lights are adjustable, and a cluster of those battery operated flickering candles adds to the room’s sensual ambiance. There’s even a fully stocked first-aid kit and fire extinguisher just in case of emergencies.

 

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The Chamber – Photo by Max Arson

 

Sophia leads us to a second playroom, aptly named “The Chamber”. The mood of this room is definitely more intense. Darker tones and an impressive 4-post padded bondage table with a wooden cage beneath it, greets you as you enter. There is an even more impressive assortment of whips, chains and instruments to illicit pain or pleasure. Sophia demonstrates for us the winch that can be used to suspend someone’s arms and/or legs above the bondage table. There are sets of shelves that containing mannequin busts in various masks used for sensory deprivation. Again everything is spotlessly cleaned and maintained.

 

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Lady Sophia demonstrates the winch!

 

Sophia tells us that we have to continue our tour, as a visiting Dominatrix is about to come in for a session. Local or visiting Dommes and guests can rent out the dungeon by the hour, the day, or even overnight. We stop off in a bright fully stocked kitchen including a front-loading washer and dryer. To be honest, it’s a kitchen I would kill to have in my own home. The contrast of the domestic space to the two playrooms we’ve just seen feels a little jarring. Like stepping into a showroom kitchen, it doesn’t feel quite real.

 

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The Kitchen – Photo by Max Arson

 

Perhaps this in part to the fact that the kitchen contains two cabinets full of various high quality sex toys, lubricants, gloves, crops – all of which are for sale. Forgot your favorite vibrator at home? You can always buy one right from the dungeon. It’s a brilliant piece of upselling and another example of how Sophia has created an all-inclusive experience for her clients.

 

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Living Room – Photo by Max Arson

 

Sophia shows us the rest of the domestic space. There is a lovely looking living room, with a slightly Asian influence to it, and an antique violet wand on display. It’s a nice spot to kick back and relax after your kinky session. There is also a simple, but cute bedroom where overnight guests can sleep after a long day of bondage and torture, or perhaps act out a fantasy that lends itself to this more household environment.

 

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Various toys at your disposal in “The Chamber”

 

Lady Sophia and Chicago Dungeon Rentals offers a range of packages and classes, at various price points, for folks interested in exploring their kinky side. You can learn everything from simple dominance and spanking to electrical play and even an introduction to piercing. You can also book a session with Sophia for what I’m sure is well worth the price tag. I should mention that Chicago Dungeon Rentals even has a second location in Chicago’s west loop that features an 8X8 foot suspension frame, and a Catherine’s Wheel.

At the end of our tour Sophia leads us to the rear of the dungeon and back outside. As we walk back to our car, my wife and look at each other. We’re thinking the same thing, we’re fairly vanilla but if a dungeon is this sexy, we may have to come back for a proper visit soon!

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