Going to International Mr. Leather 2017? While the event, which takes place at the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend, focuses around a leather competition, it’s expanded outward into a citywide queer and kink celebration. With bear events, porn awards and tons of unofficial gatherings related to but not affiliated with IML, it’s hard to figure out what to do and how to plan your weekend itinerary.

This is where we come in. This is the third iteration of a list of unofficial parties and events on International Mr. Leather weekend. Please note, there is an official event calendar that we recommend for official events. If it’s on that list, it’s not on this one. This list is intended to be complementary to that, not a replacement. That said, I will plug POW! The Superhero Fetish Meetup which is new to the official schedule and is a favorite event of mine, and The Mr. International Rubber Social at IML, which I always attend when I go to IML.

I’ve mostly included the original text descriptions of events that event hosts have provided in Facebook event invites and online resources. I’m only listing events that are reasonably open to the public, so no private room parties or parties that require an invite (unless there’s an accessible way to get one).

If anything is missing that should be included (events not on the official schedule either), feel free to email me at eric@jetspacemagazine.com and I’ll look into adding it!


Sheraton Lisle Hotel (3000 Warrenville Rd, Lisle, IL)
A new approach for a kinky bondage conference. Shibari, western bondage, power exchange, solo tying, health, & play. “It’s knot – for everyone.”

Grabby Awards
Various Locations
The porn awards always draw a huge crowd and have a number of events associated with them. Check the page above for links and event info!

Wednesday, May 24

9PM: Best of Chicago Welcome Party and IML/IMBB 2017 Meet and Greet
ToucheChicago (6412 N Clark St)

Why wait for the weekend? Start your IML early! Hosted by Mr. Chicago Leather 2017 Jerry “Daddy G” Cernak, Touché welcomes our leather brothers and sisters from across the globe! Come join the party and meet people from around the world as we jump-start the IML weekend. Staying at the Congress? The Northside Leather Express with free transportation to and from Touché will be running beginning at 9pm!

Thursday, May 25

9PM: Chicago Bearfest Launch Party
ToucheChicago (6412 N Clark St)

Welcome to Chicago Bearfest! Join us at Touché to celebrate the launch of a new Bear tradition in Chicago. Free registration for Chicago Bearfest events. With DJ Harry T, stick around for the Midnight Pizza Panic! The Northside Leather Express will be running with free transportation between the Congress and Touché starting at 9pm!

9:30PM: Trident Annual IML Cigar Smoker
The Jackhammer Complex (6406 N Clark St)

Join Trident International Windy City for their annual IML Cigar Smoker and Meet and Greet – join us outside of Jackhammer Complex to enjoy a smoke and get your boots done to welcome in IML Weekend! You must be 21 to attend as this is held in a bar. No Cost to Attend. Everyone Welcome.

Friday, May 26th

5pm: On Leash
ToucheChicago (6412 N Clark St)

Please join Northeast Handler 2017 Sir Damien and Chicago Puppy Patrol Board Member Alpha Bayard for a Handler focused social event ToucheChicago. With special guests International Ms Leather 2017 Girl Complex Aisia Jones and Michigan Puppy 2017 Pup Teya.

9PM: Men’s Room IML w/DJ Harvey
The Jackhammer Complex (6406 N Clark St)

Men’s Room’s BIGGEST party of the year, a building-wide event @ The Jackhammer Complex. 2 slutty floors of debauchery. With DJ Harvey, aCeb00mbaP, Harry Cross, Mister Wallace, Jacob Meehan, Jeremiah Meece. Men’s Room welcomes all genders, races, fetishes and weirdnesses. If you experience otherwise, please let one of us know immediately. Spread love, not hate.

10pm: IML Invades the Puppy Pound

Puppies from all over the nation and world will be invading Chicago for International Mister Leather, let’s give them a big welcome from the Chicago Puppy Patrol. Join us for night of building friendships from all over, with Greg Storms our house kitty, oops I mean bartender. There will be no mosh set up for this event, but we will have the space open for comfort.

10PM: Pig Daddy Leather Party w/Rocco Steele
ToucheChicago (6412 N Clark St)

Do as Daddy says and unleash your inner pig at#PigDaddy Leather Party! Presented by Anthony John. Hostedby the #PIGDADDY himself: #RoccoSteele. Featuring live appearances by Porn Pigs: Leather PowerHouse: Aleks Buldoček #JonahFontana, & #LorenzoFlexx, KinkMen Master Dom Dominic Pacifico & Sub Casey Everett, Featuring DJ Harry T. $10 donation at the door to benefit the Leather Archives & Museum. Free Shuttle Service from IML Host Hotel (The Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center). Doors Open at 10PM. Leather Attire Strongly Suggested.

Saturday, May 27th

12:45PM: Titans Member Group Photo at IML
The Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center (520 S Michigan Ave)

In an effort to gather ALL Titans members, competing and not, for our annual picture we have moved the time to 12:45, immediately following the general business meeting! Anyone attending IML that would like to be in a photo of members of Titans of the Midwest should meet in the Florentine Room of the Congress Hotel. The group picture will be taken, and everyone will be released to participate in Kink U at IML 2017 and still make rehersal schedules.Formal Leather or Titans apparel is highly encouraged, but no dress code will be enforced.

2PM: BLUF Chicago Cigar Social
Blue Havana Cigar (3240 N Clark St)

Join your smoke and fetish brothers for great cigars at this favorite annual event. DRESS CODE: Leather uniforms, motorcycle leather, fabric uniforms, bar leather, rubber, sports gear, jeans and a t-shirt, etc. Just make sure it is street legal and G-rated. RSVP REQUIRED: First click “Going” on this invite, then send your RSVP (include your name(s) and # of guests) to: smokinchgo@aol.com. You can still attend without an RSVP. $5 entrance fee.

4:30PM: FTM/TransMasculine Meetup at IML
The Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center (520 S Michigan Ave)

Any FTM trans men, folks on the trans-masculine spectrum who are in Chicago for IML – come to the bar in the Congress Hotel for a meet & greet & cruise (if you’re into that)! Allies & friends are welcome, but be respectful of space for men of trans experience to come together. The bar is in the lobby area of the hotel and should be free ($0) to enter and mingle.

9PM: Mr. Chicago Bear & Cub Contest
ToucheChicago (6412 N Clark St)

Cheer on your favorite contestants and witness the premiere of the Mr. Chicago Bear and Chicago Cub Contest! Interested in running? Talk to your bartenders at Touché for an application. Immediately after the contest, stick around for the Bears n Boxers Party and congratulate the winners. The Northside Leather Express will be running between the Congress and Touché starting at 9pm.

9PM: DILF IML with TitanMen’s Dirk Caber and Jesse Jackman
The SoFo Tap (4923 N Clark St)

IML and D.I.L.F. go together like two hot TitanMen daddies, so why not get some TitanMen up in here to represent?! Our annual NO COVER/NO ATTITUDE Daddyfest, D.I.L.F. IML, is proud to welcome Dirk Caber and Jesse Jackman, real-life engaged hot daddies and TitanMen superstars, live and in-person as our official hosts. Come see what all your local friends have been talking about for five years.

11PM: Strapped with Shane Stiel
Hydrate Nightclub Chicago (3458 N Halsted St)

MANHOLE is back at Hydrate Nightclub this IML Weekend! On Saturday, May 27, we welcome all IML/Grabby participants as Hydrate Nightclub presentS STRAPPED with DJ SHANE STIEL!! Hosted by Leo Forte and Mimi Marks! Skynmen Performances, Giveaways, and Gogos. Set starts at 11 pm and playtime goes till 5 am.

11PM: Onyx Old School IML Dance Party
Cobra Lounge (235 North Ashland)

ONYX is bring you the dance once again this year. Come out and add to the heat of the night. We are serving it to you as hot as usual. Smoking house music, hot leathermen all geared up! Come out and get you some of the energy at the Cobra Lounge, 235 North Ashland from 11pm – 3am. Shuttle transportation will be provided between the Congress Plaza Hotel and the Cobra Lounge starting at 10:30pm. General admission $20. Thanks to Project Vida, the first 25 people to get tested get FREE admission, anyone after gets $5 off.

11:30PM: Furball Chicago 2017 IML Weekend
Metro Chicago (3730 N Clark St)

Furball returns to CHICAGO! Last year we had 1000 guys show up – this year we’re back for more! Featuring music by Ralphi Rosario and Ted Eiel .Furry – sexy – sweaty fun on the dancefloor! Gogo bears, cheap drinks, great music, hot guys.

Sunday, May 28

1pm: Puppy Yappy Hour
Second Story Bar (157 E Ohio St)

Come join us in closing out the festivities of International Mister Leather. After a long wonderful weekend filled with food, drink, vendor mart, classes, and leather, lots and lots…and lots of leather!

ToucheChicago (6412 N Clark St)

Dim lights, deep beats, featuring Aleks Buldocek and Lorenzo Flexx, with DJ Harry T, Its Time to Get SUPER RIPE. The Northside Leather Express will be running between the Congress and Touché starting at 9PM.

10PM: Leather Queen!
Smartbar Chicago (3730 N Clark St)

Leather Queen! with Michael Serafini, Garrett David, and special guests Harry Cross and Jacob Meehan. Resident hosts Lucy Stoole, Jojo Baby, and Nico (Dustin). Guest hosts James Majesty, Kurri Ous, Mr. Twin Cities Leather 2017 – Ryan Coit, and Ryan Willing. $10 All Night. 21 & Over.

Monday, May 29

10AM: Daddies, Bears, & Cubs: Oh My!
Buckingham Fountain (500 S Columbus Dr)

Daddy Gerald & Slade Present: Daddies, Bears, & Cubs: Oh My. Come one, come all: Bears, Cubs, Daddies and Chasers!! We want a photoshoot about body positivity at #IML2017. Maybe we can even get some of those #IMBB2017 contestants to come along. Get your fanny in a pair of grey sweat pants or shorts, come to the fountain and show that body off!! We may do a shirtless photo as well (wear your sports bras, pretty bras, Sunday bras, Victoria Secret bras, so you can stay in the shot too)

2PM: Memorial Day Beer Bust/Cookout/Survivor Party and Sweet and Savory BBQ Ride4AIDS Fundraiser
ToucheChicago (6412 N Clark St)

Congratulations on surviving another Memorial Day Weekend! Come celebrate, trade stories, and hang out with all your brothers and sisters, old and new! Cookout from 3-7pm hosted by Team Touché. Free grilled eats & Raffles to benefit our Ride for AIDS Chicago team. Then get one last grope in at the Survivor Party from 9pm-4am. The Northside Leather Express will be running between the Congress and Touché starting at 3PM.