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Updated January 9, 2024

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Gear up and put your leather on to hang with gay and bisexual lovers of leather!

International Mr. Leather (IML) is an international conference/contest of leather men held in Chicago since 1979. Celebrating its 40th year, IML is more than just an event; it's a rite of passage for thousands of enthusiasts from every corner of the world. They all converge in Chicago for a weekend of unbridled fun, friendship, and the crowning of International Mr. Leather. If you are a lover of leather and men, this is an event you do not want to miss!

Crowd & Music

Crowd is mainly leather and fetish enthusiasts that are bisexual and gay men, ages range from young 20s to 50s. Music varies depending on event and venue, featuring DJs that spin from dance remixes, house, techno, EDM and circuit hits.

Event Schedule - May 23 - 27

Thursday's Teaser: The excitement begins on Thursday with the opening ceremonies, setting the stage for a weekend of unforgettable experiences. It's the perfect appetizer for the feast of festivities to come!

Fabulous Friday: Step into the IML Chicago Leather Market, sprawling across three floors, where you can indulge in everything from classic leather to the latest fetish trends. But that's just the start! Revel in the International Mr. Bootblack Competition, where the art of boot-blacking shines. Don't miss the Bootblack Party at Florentine - a perfect blend of socializing and style. And for those who adore a bit of bounce, the Rubber Cocktail Social at Rendezvous is your haven.

Sizzling Saturday: Gear up for Gear Blast at Rendezvous! It's a tantalizing showcase of hot guys in sports, racing, rubber, leather, lycra, and more. Whether you're flaunting your favorite gear or just there to admire, this party promises to be hard, sweaty, and utterly sensational. Remember, life's always more thrilling in gear!

Sensational Sunday: The climax of IML! Witness the grand International Mr. Leather Contest Chicago, where charisma, charm, and leather come together in a spectacular showdown. And as the night falls, join the euphoria at the Victory Party in The House of Blues.

So, lace up your boots, button up your leathers, and join us at IML in Chicago for a weekend where every moment is a story waiting to be told.

NOTE: Host hotel for the event is about 15-20 minutes from Boystown, so plan accordingly!

Popular Gay Venues in Chicago

Meeting House Tavern, 2Bears Tavern Uptown, Roscoe's, Jackhammer, and Cell Block.

Gay Saunas in Town

Steamworks is the only gay sauna in the area.


Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60605
United States

Local number
773 907 9700
Dialing from abroad
+1 773 907 9700


  • 21+
  • Bears
  • Bisexual
  • Cruising
  • Fetish
  • Gay
  • Leather
  • Mixed
  • Muscle


  • Dance
  • DJ
  • EDM
  • House
  • Techno
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