Check out these official International Mr. Leather 2017, International Mr. Bootblack 2017, Chicago Bearfest Midwest and other related events throughout Chicago over Memorial Day weekend!
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Wednesday, May 24
IML Best of Chicago Welcome Party A big welcome from "the city of big shoulders." Come meet and greet the city with host Mr. Chicago Leather 2017 Daddy G. 9 pm, Touche, 6412 N. Clark St.
Thursday, May 25
IML Opening Ceremonies The official beginning of the contest to choose the 39th International Mr. Leather. Ticket packages available at Congress Plaza Hotel, 1st floor Ticket Sales Desk. Event includes the introduction of judges, contestants and number selection. Doors open at 8 p.m., show begins at 8:30 p.m. Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave., www.imrl.com
Sidetrack: Leinie Lodge Deck Party Kick off the big weekend by kicking back on Sidetrack's famous rooftop deck. Sponsored by Leinenkugel. Stick around until 2 am for music, drinks and all the fun of Chicago's largest gay bar. 5 pm, Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., www.sidetrackchicago.com
Chicago Bearfest Launch Party Kicking off a new bear tradition in Chicago for Memorial Day weekend. 9 pm, Touche, 6412 N. Clark St.
IML Kickoff Party The night starts at 8 pm with complimentary cocktails, a live DJ and models. Meet the CEO and founder of Nasty Pig, David Lauterstein, and his team. We will be donating 10% of the evening's sales to The Anti-Cruelty Society and every purchase enters you in the raffle for prizes from our brands. 8-10 pm, Cram Fashion, 3331 N. Broadway
Trident Annual Cigar Smoker 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. 21+, no cover. 9:30 pm - midnight, Jackhammer, 6406 N. Clark St.
Invasion: Rough Trade Live fisting demo at 11 pm with MAFIA Club and Cumunion. Steamwork, 3246 N. Halsted St.
Friday, May 26
IML: Chicago Rubbermen and Mister Intl. Rubber Meet & Greet 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. In the Rendezvous Room, 2nd Floor. 8-11 pm, Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave. www.imrl.com
IML: San Francisco Party/Leather Archives & Museum Silent Auction Folsom Street Events delivers the biggest warm-up party of IML weekend right inside the host hotel. So, leather up, gear up, hang out and cruise at this non-stop sleazefest, featuring the deep underground sounds of DJ Jack Chang ( London ). As always…it's free. In the Florentine Room, 3rd Floor. Leather Archives & Museum silent auction takes place right outside the room until midnight. 10 pm - 2 am, Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave. www.imrl.com
TPAN's Ride For AIDS Happy Hour Fundraiser for TPAN's annual 200-mile bike trek to raise funds for all the work TPAN does all year in empowering everyone living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS to live open, healthy, and productive lives. 3:30-7 pm, The Sofo Tap, 4923 N Clark St.
Chicago Bearfest Welcome Party Welcome the boys of the new Chicago Bearfest. 8 pm, Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St.
Friday at Sidetrack 4-7 pm: TGIF Show Tunes videos; 7 pm: The official VH1 RuPaul's Drag Race viewing party; 9 pm: GLOW Dance Party until 2. Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St.
Leather Pig Daddy Appearance by adult star Rocco Steele. Benefit for Leather Archive & Museum. $10 donation at the door. 10 pm, Touche, 6412 N. Clark St.
Men's Room IML w/DJ Harvey Two floors of music and debauchery featuring DJ Harvey, Jeremiah Meece, Mister Wallace, Harry Cross, Jacob Meehan and aCeb00mbaP, plus BDSM performances all night long. $20 pre-sale tickets/$30 at the door. Pre-paid ticket holders enter the party via the back alley behind Jackhammer. Access the alley from Devon Ave. Free clothes check. Men's Room welcomes all genders, races, fetishes and weirdnesses. 9 pm - 4 am, Jackhammer, 6406 N Clark St. Tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/1886221144970081/
Manhole at Hydrate: DJ Deanne Kick off IML weekend with the sweaty sounds of DJ Deanne. Open until 4. 10 pm, Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted St.
Live Show at Steamworks Featuring adult stars Dolf Dietrich, Hugh Hunter and Rikk York. 11 pm, Steamworks, 3246 N. Halsted St., www.steamworksbaths.com
Saturday, May 27
IML: Pecs and Personality Contest Night one of the official contest to choose the new International Mr. Leather. Ticket packages available 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. Proudly sponsored by sportlube. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., www.imrl.com
IML: Gear Blast 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! In the Rendezvous Room, 2nd Floor. 10 pm - 2 am, Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave., www.imrl.com
IMBB: Spitshine: The Bootblack Party 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. Featuring the roast of outgoing International Mr. Bootblack 2016, Erick Joseph. IMBB is proudly sponsored by Stompers Boots of Fort Lauderdale, FL. In the Buckingham Room, 1st Floor. 10 pm - 2 am, Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave. www.imrl.com
Furball Chicago Joe Fiore returns to Chicago for yet another IML, throwing Saturday night's hottest party. Music from DJs Ralphi Rosario and Ted Eiel. Hosted by Daddy Ersin. 11:30 pm - 4:30 am, Metro Chicago, 3730 N. Clark St., Tickets: www.metrochicago.com
ONYX: Old School IML Dance Party The men of ONYX bring you this annual IML dance party with music by DJ Ron C. Project VIDA will be on hand testing: First 25 people tested get free admission; anyone tested after that gets $5 off admission. $20. Free shuttle from Congress Hotel starting at 10:30; doors open at 11. Cobra Lounge Chicago, 235 N. Ashland Ave., www.onyxmidwest.com
Chicago Bearfest Showtunes & Cocktails 4-9 pm, The Call, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr St.
Wet n' Wild Bear Party Get wet with the boys of Bear Pride. 11 am - 6 pm, Steamworks, 3246 N. Halsted St.
Stoli Big Deck Party Like big decks? Sidetrack's got ya covered! Sip some Stoli on the sunny rooftop deck all day. Then stick around until 3 am. 1 pm, Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St.
Chicago Bearfest: Mr. Chicago Bear Contest See who'll be named the first Mr. Chicago Bear. Will it be you? This "bears & boxers" party will answer all your questions. 10 pm, Touche, 6412 N. Clark St.
DILF: IML Edition The monthly party for hot men over 35 and the men who want them. Music from DJ Moose. 9 pm, The Sofo Tap, 4923 N. Clark St.
Manhole at Hydrate: DJ Shane Stiel Shane Stiel returns to Chicago for this second night of Manhole parties at Hydrate for IML weekend. Open until 5. 10 pm, Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted St.
Fetish Hell The ultimate fetish party featuring surprise guests and performances. Fetish scenes encouraged. Tickets available next door at Leather 64TEN, 6410 N. Clark St. 10 pm - 5 am, Jackhammer, 6406 N. Clark St Chicago, www.leather64ten.com
Brut Chicago IML Weekend BRuT blows into Chicago just in time for IML. With so much testosterone in town that weekend, we couldn't resist the chance to bring it home! DJs and BRuT creators Dan Darlington & Peter Napoli will both be in town to spin. Official Sponsor: IML. Please go to www.imrl.com for the entire schedule of events and times of the contest. Early Bird tickets are $30 now at www.brutparty.com . To receive BRuT updates, scroll down at brutparty landing page and become a BRuT BUDDY. #WeAreBRuT. 11 pm - 4:30 am, Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., www.brutparty.com
Skin Xxiii Featuring a live show at 1 am with adult stars Bruce Beckham and Alex Mecum. 11 pm - 5 am, Steamworks, 3246 N. Halsted St., www.steamworksbaths.com
WOOF Returns Presented by SKIN Productions. Internationally renowned DJ/producer Alain Jackinsky ( Montreal ). Start polishing your leather outfits because it is going to be a hot, raunchy and sexy party. We will donate our profits to TPAN ( Test Positive Aware Network ). $20. Doors open at 11:30 pm. Fantasy Nightclub, 3641 N. Halsted St.
Sunday, May 28
IML: International Mr. Leather Contest The big show! Come see who will be chosen as the new International Mr. Leather. Ticket Packages available at Congress Plaza Hotel, 1st floor Ticket Sales Desk. Doors open at 5 p.m., contest begins at 6 p.m. Proudly sponsored by Miller Lite. 6-9 pm Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., www.imrl.com
IML: Victory Party Fete the new International Mr. Leather and all the contestants at the official IML victory dance party. DJ/producer Eddie Martinez. After the big Sunday contest. Tickets at www.imrl.com or at the House of Blues box office. 9 pm - 4 am House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., www.imrl.com
Growlr BBQ Annual Bear Pride BBQ, sponsored by Growlr. 12:30-3:30 pm, The Sofo Tap, 4923 N. Clark St., www.thesofotap.com
Sunday Funday at Sidetrack Open at 1 pm for all your Sunday Funday needs. Super-sized Showtunes Sunday 4-10 pm, Sunday Funday ( after dark ) 9 pm until close. Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St.
Super Ripe Party Cut loose after the big contest. Dim lights and hot go-go dudes. 9 pm, Touche, 6412 N. Clark St.
Leather Queen! A special IML edition of Chicago's "It" Sunday-night DJ party. Featuring DJs Michael Serafini, Garrett David, Harry Cross and Jacob Meehan. Hosted by Lucy Stoole, JoJo Baby, Nico, James, Majesty, Kurrious, Mr. Twin Cities, Leather Ryan Coit and Ryan Willing. 10 pm - 4 am, Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark St., www.metrochicago.com
Manhole at Hydrate: Nuts to Butts Celebrate Bear Pride with this annual dance party, grinding to the beats of DJ Jesse Mercado. Open until 4. 10 pm, Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted St.
Live Show at Steamworks Live show at 11 pm featuring adult stars Jackson Grant and Jack Vidra. Steamworks, 3246 N. Halsted St., www.steamworksbaths.com
Monday, May 29
IML: Black & Blue Ball The official wrap-up party of IML weekend. Keep the party going with the return of DJ/producer Tom Stephan ( London/Superchumbo ) and DJ Karsten Sollors ( Toolroom/Farris Wheel Recordings ). Doors open at 9. Tickets available at www.imrl.com and at the door ( if available ). Presented by IML and Matthew Harvat. 9 pm - 4 am, Sound-Bar 226 W. Ontario St., www.imrl.com
All-day Beer Bust/Cookout/Survivor Party Wind up your IML/Bearfest weekend with $1 drafts all day, a cookout 3-7 pm and the Survivor Party, starting at 9. Touche, 6412 N. Clark St.
Chicago Bearfest Farewell Brunch Celebrate the first Chicago Bearfest weekend with the girls of Mary's. 11 am, Hamburger Mary's, 5400 N. Clark St.
"What's the T?" Throwback T-Dance All the jams you remember for Memorial Day. Party on the rooftop deck 1-5 pm. Showtunes 8 pm until close. Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St.
Sweet & Savory BBQ Ride 4 AIDS Fundraiser Shots, drink specials and raffles! Purchases of select beverages, raffle tickets, etc. or direct donations all help support the Ride for AIDS Chicago/TPAN. Direct donations can also be made at the following link: bit.ly/teamtouche. 2-6 pm, Touche, 6412 N. Clark St. www.facebook.com/pg/TeamToucheFans/events
Live Show at Steamworks Live show at 9 featuring adult stars JJ Knight and Brent Corrigan. 9 pm - 1 am, Steamworks, 3246 N. Halsted St.