International Mr. Leather

Event Schedule

(All IML 2018 events are sign-interpreted for the hearing impaired.)

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Time Event Location Description
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Weekend Package Pick up & Ticket Sales Rafael Annex
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM IML Opening Ceremonies Auditorium Theatre Auditorium Theatre: Ticket Packages available Ticket Sales Desk at Congress Plaza Hotel, 1st floor, Ticket Sales Desk. Event includes the introduction of judges, contestants and number selection. Doors open at 7:30 PM, show begins at 8:00 PM.
11:59 PM - 1:00 AM Leather Recovery Meeting Guest Room 700 North Tower A 12-step recovery meeting that welcomes all programs and people seeking support in a sober environment during all IML festivities.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Time Event Location Description
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Weekend Package Pick up & Ticket Sales Rafael Annex
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Leather Market Day Pass Registration Prince Albert Room Leather Market Access - Wristband is required and must be 21+ for admission. Photo ID required. Suggested donation - Full Weekend Wristband $25 or Single Day Wristband $15.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Leather Recovery Meeting Guest Room 700 North Tower
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM International Mr. Bootblack Competition Rendezvous International Mr. Bootblack Competition.
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM IML Leather Market 1st, 2nd, 3rd floors Leather Market Access - Wristband is required and must be 21+ for admission. Photo ID required. Suggested donation - Full Weekend Wristband $25 or Single Day Wristband $15.
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM Chuck Renslow: A Legacy of Leather Victorian On June 29, 2017, the world lost a legend. IML founder Chuck Renslow left behind an incredible legacy that will continue to inspire future generations. Take a moment to remember Chuck and his lifetime of accomplishments with an exhibition of materials from the Leather Archives & Museum. Be sure to sign the guest book which will be added to the Archives as a remembrance of our love and respect for a remarkable man.
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM Leather Archives & Museum Pop-Up Shop Congress Hotel Stop by the pop-up shop for the Leather Archives & Museum and check out some amazing merchandise. This year's collection features items designed especially for IML in limited quantities, so catch them before they're gone. Guest authors will join us during the weekend to sign and sell copies of their books, so stop by often. While you're there be sure to sign the 2018 IML flag, and renew your membership to the LA&M for 2018!
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Forever Leather Lake Shore Our legacy of leather requires continual care to ensure that it is around for future generations. ?Retired? leather artifacts make up a significant part of the collections of the Leather Archives and Museum, and these materials need special treatment. Join us to see the work that Leather Collections Specialist Leslie Anderson is doing to ensure that these treasures exist in perpetuity.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Mr. International Rubber Judge Announcement Oxford A brief press conference, open to all interested parties, to announce the judges for the 22nd Mr. International Rubber contest to be held November 9-11, 2018 in Chicago.
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM FlashBack Florentine Spend some time with IML 2017, Ralph Bruneau and IMBB 2017, Pawlish, as they share their memories and highlights of their title year and travels. Join them and some very special guests to hear the insider scoop behind the social media posts of airports, events, judging, and jock auctions. Share some tears, laughs and scandals -- stories you probably haven't heard as well as their final remarks before their successors are named on Sunday night. Be there as the guys have a last word before fading into wuzziedom. This is a ticketed event that is available as both an add-on to your Weekend Package or as a single ticket event. Tickets will be available at Weekend Registration/Ticket Desk.
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Puppy Yoga Rendezvous Bring your yoga mats and clothes you can move in, and enjoy the perfect warm up before the fun begins at Off Leash! Sponsored by SquarePeg. Yoga starts at 7:30 PM, and the Romp will be from 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM LORE Sober Recovery Dinner Congress Hotel Front Entrance All members and friends of recovery community are invited to join, meet at the Congress Hotel entrance at 7:30pm for a short walk to the restaurant.
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Come Say G'Day Columbia LEATHERMEN FROM "DOWN UNDER" JAMES AND SCOTT ARE AT IML, AND THEY ARE NOT ALONE! Start your weekend off by dropping in to say "G'day" and meet Australian Leatherman 2018: James and Mr. Queensland Leather 2018: Scott, not to mention other kinky folk from around the globe and the odd Aussie supporting them. All are welcome!
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM Off Leash: The Pup and Handler Romp Rendezvous The annual pup and Handler party that is free and open to all pups and Handlers and their admirers. This year after puppy yoga, we will commence with pup play activities, surprises, fun and fellowship. Sponsored by SquarePeg.
10:00 PM - 4:00 AM BRÜT Party Fantasy Night Club, 3641 N Halsted BRÜT party has a successful combination of hot sexual masculine energy, dirty house music, and an environment void of attitude or judgement. Born out of NYC's thumping underground, where men are just men...confident, kind, spirited and sexy, Brüt delivers. DJ's Dan Darlington, Peter Napoli, and Ted Eiel bring the New York to the dance floor while some of the sexiest dancers keep the energy going till they throw us out! Doors open at 10:00pm Tickets at tickets at Brutparty.com.
10:00 PM - 2:00 AM San Francisco Party Florentine Folsom Street Events delivers the biggest warm-up party of IML weekend right inside the Host hotel. So, clean up, gear up, hang out and cruise at this nonstop sleazefest, featuring the deep, underground sounds of DJ Jack Chang (London).
10:00 PM - 11:59 PM Leather Archives and Museum Silent Auction Florentine Bid on unique leathers, clothing, accessories and art. Directly outside the San Francisco party.
10:30 PM - 2:00 AM Chicago Rubbermen and Mister International Rubber Meet & Greet Rendezvous The Chicago Rubbermen and Mr. International Rubber join forces to host their annual IML gathering. Start your weekend off by meeting fellow kinky rubberists from around the globe!
11:00 PM - 1:00 AM Pocono Eagle Boots Party Oxford The Pocono Eagle is a special part of Gay Naturist International. The Pocono Eagle is about Leather and Naturism (nakedness). This is the final warm-up party getting ready for the Pocono Eagle 2018. The dress code is quite simple, Naked and wearing Boots. You're a Leatherman so you can accessorize (Harnesses, Vests, Chaps, Cockrings, Ball Stretchers, etc. just no jocks or pants!!!) $25.00 at the door covers bourbon, soft drinks, camaraderie, and, of course a clothing check .
11:59 PM - 1:00 AM Leather Recovery Meeting Guest Room 700 North Tower

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Time Event Location Description
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Leather Market Day Pass Registration Prince Albert Room Leather Market Access - Wristband is required and must be 21+ for admission. Photo ID required. Suggested donation - Full Weekend Wristband $25 or Single Day Wristband $15.
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM Weekend Package Pick up & Ticket Sales Rafael Annex
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM IML Leather Market 1st, 2nd, 3rd floors Leather Market Access - Wristband is required and must be 21+ for admission. Photo ID required. Suggested donation - Full Weekend Wristband $25 or Single Day Wristband $15.
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM International Mr. Bootblack Competition Rendezvous International Mr. Bootblack Competition.
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Leather Archives & Museum Pop-Up Shop Congress Hotel Stop by the pop-up shop for the Leather Archives & Museum and check out some amazing merchandise. This year's collection features items designed especially for IML in limited quantities, so catch them before they're gone. Guest authors will join us during the weekend to sign and sell copies of their books, so stop by often. While you're there be sure to sign the 2018 IML flag, and renew your membership to the LA&M for 2018!
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Chuck Renslow: A Legacy of Leather Victorian On June 29, 2017, the world lost a legend. IML founder Chuck Renslow left behind an incredible legacy that will continue to inspire future generations. Take a moment to remember Chuck and his lifetime of accomplishments with an exhibition of materials from the Leather Archives & Museum. Be sure to sign the guest book which will be added to the Archives as a remembrance of our love and respect for a remarkable man.
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Titans of the Midwest:General Business Meeting/Social Florentine Titans of the Midwest is a 501c(3) non-profit organization, whose mission is to provide education and guidance to further the development of knowledge and skills of the Midwest kink community (and beyond). Now in our 6th year, the Titans of the Midwest have hosted hundreds of educational sessions, bringing BDSM and kink education to thousands. Kink U at IML 40 will be no different. For full course details visit: titansofthemidwest.org
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Leather Recovery Meeting Guest Room 700 North Tower
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Dogs of a "Different" Breed: Identity in the pup community Oxford Race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation. These factors, so prevalent in human society, don't necessarily disappear when the hood goes on and the tail starts wagging. Join us for a discussion panel on diversity, identity, and intersectionality in the pup community and how it affects our play.
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Kink U Session 1: Stress Relief through BDSM Florentine We all have high-stress days, weeks, months, lives. Most of us know just how awful stress is for us and that we need to manage it somehow. If you're here, you also like fun and kinky playtime. How do you make time for serious stress management and for playtime? Combine them! We'll tell you how and share how you can use your kinky playtime to get off and get calm.
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM People of Color Leather Caucus: Panel Discussion Columbia Join the Men of ONYX, along with Leatherfolk and Kinksters of Color from around the world for a lively community discussion on maximizing the leather/kink/fetish experience and positively impacting our communities as People of Color. Panelists will include both elders and newcomers. Demonstrations guaranteed to put the Sizzle in your Saturday afternoon will follow. Join in the discussion and maybe even participate in the demonstrations. Moderated by ONYX founder Mufasa.
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Kink U Session 2: The Good Touch Games Florentine Consent is the cornerstone of our community. This interactive class teaches consent in practical ways. Bring a friend but don't expect to get paired with them as you are guided through a series of 9 hands-on games. This sexy and simple class will teach even the most experienced player a thing or two and give the rookie a safe and solid foundation.
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Kink U Session 3: Fireside Chat with Mufassa, Founder of ONYX Florentine This will be an interview chat with Mufassa about the origins of ONYX, the growth of this amazing organization, the state of diversity in today's leather and kink communities, and where he sees it all progressing in the future.
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Chicago Hellfire Club Annual IML Cocktail Social Oxford The Chicago Hellfire Club hosts its annual cocktail reception at IML. Come meet and greet the members of CHC as they celebrate its 46th year. All are welcome.
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Kink U Session 4: Leather Through the Lens Florentine A panel presentation of some of the talented photographers show some of their favorite images and talk about the stories and issues that come up with capturing the modern leather/fetish world.
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM LORE Sober Recovery Moctail Party Guest Room 700 North Tower All members and friends of the recovery community are invited to attend.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM MEN as Seen through the Lens of inkedKenny Gallery Reception LA&M 6418 N Greenview Ave, Chicago Visit the Leather Archives & Museum at 6418 N Greenview Ave to view the current exhibition of photographs from inkedKenny (aka Kenny Yip.) Meet the artist and spend some time up close with his intensely masculine photographs. Drinks will be available and the art is available for purchase.
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM BLUF Social Oxford BLUF Chicago welcomes members of the Breeches and Leather Uniform Fan Club from around the world with a cocktail reception bringing together men into full leather uniforms. This is a BLUF Dress Code Enforced Event, so please wear your finest Leathers and Uniforms.
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM IML Pecs and Personality Contest Auditorium Theatre Auditorium Theatre: Ticket Packages available Ticket Sales Desk at Congress Plaza Hotel, 1st floor, Ticket Sales Desk. IML contestants are judged on their appearance and stage presence. Doors open at 7 p.m., contest begins at 8 p.m.
10:00 PM - 2:00 AM ONYX Dance: CLIMAX The Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake St Continue your IML weekend with a CLIMAX with ONYX at APEX, the 2018 ONYX IML Dance. A dark room pulsating with hot music, hot dancers and hot leatherfolk...the rest is up to you. The men of ONYX turn the heat up a notch higher every year. Saturday, May 26 @The Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake St, 10pm-2am. $20 admission, sexy dancers, free transportation from the Congress Hotel beginning at 9:30pm.
10:00 PM - 2:00 AM Spitshine: The Bootblack Party Florentine Join the contestants for this year's International Mr. Bootblack Competition and meet Bootblacks from across the nation. Jump in to the auction bidding to help raise travel funds for this year's winner. IMBB is proudly sponsored by Stompers Boots of Fort Lauderdale, FL.
10:00 PM - 2:00 AM Gear Blast 2018 Rendezvous Hot guys in sports, racing, rubber, leather, lycra and other perv gear keep things hot, sweaty and kinky! Everyone is invited to get yer gear on and come party hard and sweaty. After all, it's always better IN gear!
11:59 PM - 1:00 AM Leather Recovery Meeting Guest Room 700 North Tower

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Time Event Location Description
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Leather Market Day Pass Registration Prince Albert Room Leather Market Access - Wristband is required and must be 21+ for admission. Photo ID required. Suggested donation - Full Weekend Wristband $25 or Single Day Wristband $15.
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Weekend Package Pick up & Ticket Sales Rafael Annex
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM International Mr. Bootblack Competition Rendezvous International Mr. Bootblack Competition.
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Chuck Renslow: A Legacy of Leather Victorian On June 29, 2017, the world lost a legend. IML founder Chuck Renslow left behind an incredible legacy that will continue to inspire future generations. Take a moment to remember Chuck and his lifetime of accomplishments with an exhibition of materials from the Leather Archives & Museum. Be sure to sign the guest book which will be added to the Archives as a remembrance of our love and respect for a remarkable man.
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM IML Leather Market 1st, 2nd, 3rd floors Leather Market Access - Wristband is required and must be 21+ for admission. Photo ID required. Suggested donation - Full Weekend Wristband $25 or Single Day Wristband $15.
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Leather Archives & Museum Pop-Up Shop Congress Hotel Stop by the pop-up shop for the Leather Archives & Museum and check out some amazing merchandise. This year's collection features items designed especially for IML in limited quantities, so catch them before they're gone. Guest authors will join us during the weekend to sign and sell copies of their books, so stop by often. While you're there be sure to sign the 2018 IML flag, and renew your membership to the LA&M for 2018!
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Leather Recovery Meeting Guest Room 700 North Tower
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM IML XXX Class of 2008: 10 Year Reunion Oxford IML XXX Class of 2008: 10 Year Reunion All members of the class of 2008, and partners, are invited to attend a reception celebrating a decade of leather and fraternity.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Metropolitan Community Church Service Columbia Metropolitan Community Church Service, General worship service by Chicago's MCC's for Christian Leatherfolk.
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM POW! The Superhero Fetish Meetup Hotel Lobby Heroes and villains will face off at POW!, the dynamic event that unites the superhero fetish community at IML. Gear yourself up in superhero spandex, rubber or leather (as well as scales, robot armor, or fur) and come meet friendly kinksters who dig tights, capes and superpowers. This is a judgment-free event, and all levels of cosplay are appreciated, including capes.
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM LA&M: Tom of Finland Film Screening Florentine Join the Leather Archives & Museum for a screening of the 2017 hit film Tom of Finland. Directed by Dome Karukoski, this film presents a warm, humorous and provocative biography of Touko Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland). Enjoy popcorn and sodas while watching the film, brought to us courtesy of Kino Lorber Inc.
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM International Mr. Leather Contest Auditorium Theatre INTERNATIONAL MR. LEATHER CONTEST Auditorium Theatre: Ticket Packages available Ticket Sales Desk at Congress Plaza Hotel, 1st floor, Ticket Sales Desk. Doors open at 5:00 PM, Contest begins at 6:00 PM.
9:00 PM - 4:00 AM IML Victory Celebration House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn Street The Victory Party Returns With An All-Star Lineup. With custom laser and light shows, sensational set designs, Go-Go dancers from around the world and the best DJ talent on the decks, this incredible party produced by Matthew Harvat (aka CircuitMOM) will once again fill every floor of the 4-story House Of Blues Chicago space for the 20th year. In their FIRST time spinning together as a team, The Victory Party welcomes Grammy Nominated Producer/DJ Tony Moran and the incomparable Morabito for a groundbreaking DJ set combining both of these pioneering artists styles, original production work and energy. Ticket Packages available Ticket Sales Desk at Congress Plaza Hotel, 1st floor, Ticket Sales Desk.
11:59 PM - 1:00 AM Leather Recovery Meeting Guest Room 700 North Tower

Monday, May 28, 2018

Time Event Location Description
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Leather Market Day Pass Registration Prince Albert Room Leather Market Access - Wristband is required and must be 21+ for admission. Photo ID required.
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM IML Ticket Sales Rafael Annex
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM IML Leather Market 1st, 2nd, 3rd floors Leather Market Access - Wristband is required and must be 21+ for admission. Photo ID required.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Leather Archives & Museum Pop-Up Shop Congress Hotel Stop by the pop-up shop for the Leather Archives & Museum and check out some amazing merchandise. This year's collection features items designed especially for IML in limited quantities, so catch them before they're gone. Guest authors will join us during the weekend to sign and sell copies of their books, so stop by often. While you're there be sure to sign the 2018 IML flag, and renew your membership to the LA&M for 2018!
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Chuck Renslow: A Legacy of Leather Victorian On June 29, 2017, the world lost a legend. IML founder Chuck Renslow left behind an incredible legacy that will continue to inspire future generations. Take a moment to remember Chuck and his lifetime of accomplishments with an exhibition of materials from the Leather Archives & Museum. Be sure to sign the guest book which will be added to the Archives as a remembrance of our love and respect for a remarkable man.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Premier Package Holder Reception Florentine Premier package holders are invited to a special meet and greet with the winners of IML and IMBB. Photos with the winners are optional. Ticket included with Premier package required.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Leather Recovery Meeting Guest Room 700 North Tower
9:00 PM - 4:00 AM Black and Blue Ball House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn Street International Mr. Leather's iconic closing party comes to Chicago's historic House Of Blues for the first time with Matthew Harvat and his team ready to transform the venue into a different and exciting space specifically for this event. Everyone will be a star, because you, our amazing guests will dance onstage. Returning for his third triumphant year, DJ/Producer Tom Stephan (London, NYC/ Superchumbo) brings his captivating sound of dark beats and vocal dubs to close out this 20th Anniversary party. Joining Tom for the second straight year is globally recognized Canadian born DJ/Writer/Producer Karsten Sollors, whose electronic rhythms will surround the packed house with an irrepressible groove. This party and its guests deserve the best venue available for the 40th anniversary of IML. At last it has one. Ticket Packages available Ticket Sales Desk at Congress Plaza Hotel, 1st floor, Ticket Sales Desk.