Event Schedule

(All IML 2019 events are sign-interpreted for the hearing impaired.)

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Start TimeNameLocationDescription
10:00 AM - 9:00 PMWeekend Package Pick up & Ticket SalesRafael Annex
8:00 PM - 10:30 PMIML Opening CeremoniesVenueSIX10VenueSIX10: 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.
11:00 PM - 12:00 AMLeather Recovery MeetingGuest Room 700 North TowerA 12-step recovery meeting that welcomes all programs and people seeking support in a sober environment during all IML festivities.

Start TimeNameLocationDescription
10:00 AM - 9:00 PMWeekend Package Pick up & Ticket SalesRafael Annex
11:00 AM - 6:00 PMAccess Pass RegistrationPrince Albert RoomAccess Pass Registration - Hotel and Market access pass is required for entry. Must be 21+ for admission. Government issued photo ID required. Full Weekend Access Pass $40. Daytime single day Access Pass day $25.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PMLeather Recovery MeetingGuest Room 700 North Tower
12:00 PM - 7:00 PMLA&M Silent AuctionRendezvousLooking for a great deal on leather goods, kink art and toys? Check out the silent auction, raising funds to support the work of the Leather Archives & Museum. This year, the auction will run all weekend, giving you plenty of time to stop by and make a bid on the items that catch your eye. The auction will close at 2pm on Sunday, and winners will be notified. Items can be picked up in the LA&M Pop-Up Shop, or can be mailed to you for an additional fee.
12:00 PM - 7:00 PMLeather Archives & Museum Pop-Up ShopCongress HotelStop 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. You can also find IML merchandise, and pins and posters from past IML weekends. While you're there be sure to sign the 2019 IML flag, and renew your membership to the LA&M!
12:00 PMFirst ShineRendezvousFirst shine is a unique tradition of opening our bootblack stands with female members of our bootblack community as our first customers. It is our way of showing the bonds of friendship and family between the IML/IMBB and IMSLBB organizations.
12:00 PM - 7:00 PMIML Leather Market1st, 2nd, 3rd floorsLeather Market Access – Must be 21+ to enter market area. Requires access wristband included with All Access Package or onsite for $40 good for entire weekend access. Day Access passes available.
12:00 PM - 7:00 PMInternational Mr. Bootblack CompetitionRendezvousInternational Mr. Bootblack Competition.
12:00 PM - 7:00 PMLA&M Sling RaffleRendezvousBe sure to buy a few tickets for the annual LA&M sling raffle, sponsored by Fort Troff. This is your chance to win an amazing portable sling to bring to all the year's events, making your hotel room the place to be! Be sure to visit us and check out our sexy sling models, and enter for your chance to win. All proceeds go to support the Leather Archives & Museum.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PMMr. International Rubber Judge AnnouncementOxfordA brief press conference, open to all interested parties, to announce the judges and tallymasters for the 23rd Mr. International Rubber contest to be held November 8-10, 2019 in Chicago.
6:00 PM - 1:00 AMAccess Pass RegistrationCongress Hotel Michigan Ave EntranceAccess Pass Registration - Hotel and Market access pass is required for entry. Must be 21+ for admission. Government issued photo ID required. Evening single day Access Pass $10.
7:00 PM - 9:00 PMFlashBackFlorentineThe time has come to share a moment with IML 2018, James Lee and IMBB 2018, Lucky Rebel, as they share their memories and highlights from their title year and travels. Join them and some very special guests to hear the insider scoop behind the social media posts from airports, events, judging, and jock auctioned toy drives. Share some tears, laughter and Shenanigans -- Stories you probably haven’t heard and final remarks before their successors are named on Sunday night. You don't want to miss their last words before they flip and dance their way into wuzzieland. 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 - 8:15 PMPuppy YogaRendezvousBring your yoga mats and clothes you can move in, and enjoy the perfect warm up before the fun begins at Off Leash! Yoga starts at 7:30 PM, and the Pup Party will be from 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
LORE Sober Dinner Hosted by Commons Club @ Virgin Hotels ChicagoVirgin Hotels Chicago 203 North Wabash Avenue 2nd Floor- Commons Club
All members and friends of recovery community are invited to join, To reserve a table please REGISTER at 8PM or 8:30PM for dinner.
8:15 PM - 10:00 PMOff Leash: The Pup and Handler RompRendezvousThe annual pup and Handler party that is free and open to all pups and Handlers and their admirers. This year the party will focus more on community building and socializing than moshing out, although a small mosh area will be available. Come get to know you fellow ups and handlers from around the world!
10:00 PMBRUT PartyFantasy Night Club, 3641 N HalstedBRÜT party has a successful combination of hot sexual masculine energy, dirty house music, and an environment void of attitude or judgement. Join like minded, tolerant men who appreciate mind-blowing dance music, have a confident sexual verve, and a little bit of sleaze. DJ’s Dan Darlington and Peter Napoli. Doors open at 10:00pm Tickets at tickets at Brutparty.com.
10:00 PM - 2:00 AMSpitshine: The Bootblack PartyFlorentineJoin the International Mr Bootblack contestants from around the world! The silent auction and social kick off at 10pm with the dance party starting around Midnight. Bootblack stands open with guests bootblacks and great items in the auction with all proceeds going to help the IMBB travel fund. . IMBB is proudly sponsored by Stompers Boots of Fort Lauderdale, FL.
10:30 PM - 2:00 AMRubber Cocktail Social by MIR & CRMRendezvousThe Chicago Rubbermen and Mr. International Rubber contest join forces to host their annual IML gathering. Start your weekend off by meeting fellow kinky rubberists from around the globe
11:00 PM - 12:00 AMLeather Recovery MeetingGuest Room 700 North Tower
11:00 PM - 1:00 AMPocono Eagle Boots PartyOxfordThe 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 2019. 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!!!) $30.00 at the door covers bourbon, soft drinks, camaraderie, and, of course a clothing check .

Start TimeNameLocationDescription
10:00 AM - 12:00 PMKink-Identified Clinicians & Kink Researchers Discussion GroupsFlorentineThis meeting is for members of the community who are clinicians, or clinicians in training and researchers interested in studying our communities. We will explore challenges in working with kink/leather/poly folk, including how to handle professional boundaries, community affiliations, and personal self disclosures.
10:00 AM - 6:00 PMAccess Pass RegistrationPrince Albert RoomAccess Pass Registration - Hotel and Market access pass is required for entry. Must be 21+ for admission. Government issued photo ID required. Full Weekend Access Pass $40. Daytime single day Access Pass day $25.
10:00 AM - 8:30 PMWeekend Package Pick up & Ticket SalesRafael Annex
11:00 AM - 5:00 PMLA&M Silent AuctionRendezvousLooking for a great deal on leather goods, kink art and toys? Check out the silent auction, raising funds to support the work of the Leather Archives & Museum. This year, the auction will run all weekend, giving you plenty of time to stop by and make a bid on the items that catch your eye. The auction will close at 2pm on Sunday, and winners will be notified. Items can be picked up in the LA&M Pop-Up Shop, or can be mailed to you for an additional fee.
11:00 AM - 7:00 PMLeather Archives & Museum Pop-Up ShopCongress HotelStop 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. You can also find IML merchandise, and pins and posters from past IML weekends. While you're there be sure to sign the 2019 IML flag, and renew your membership to the LA&M!
11:00 AM - 7:00 PMInternational Mr. Bootblack CompetitionRendezvousInternational Mr. Bootblack Competition.
11:00 AM - 7:00 PMLA&M Sling RaffleRendezvousBe sure to buy a few tickets for the annual LA&M sling raffle, sponsored by Fort Troff. This is your chance to win an amazing portable sling to bring to all the year's events, making your hotel room the place to be! Be sure to visit us and check out our sexy sling models, and enter for your chance to win. All proceeds go to support the Leather Archives & Museum.
11:00 AM - 7:00 PMIML Leather Market1st, 2nd, 3rd floorsLeather Market Access – Must be 21+ to enter market area. Requires access wristband included with All Access Package or onsite for $40 good for entire weekend access. Day Access passes available.
12:00 PM - 12:45 PMSeminar Kink U Session 1: Understanding Dynamics vs. Abuse in BDSMSeminarD/s is edgy, sometimes bossy and degrading and violent...and then there’s sometimes abuses who try to put their wolf in consensual sheep clothing. From well known pups in the news to quiet losses in small communities, this is happening more often and needs to be addressed. This panel will discuss the nature of healthy power exchanges, autonomy no matter your spot in the dynamic, and the very safe nature of safe, sane, and consensual BDSM play.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PMLeather Recovery MeetingGuest Room 700 North Tower
12:00 PM - 1:30 PMUnconventional Ways to do Pup PlayOxfordPhysical disabilities, mental illness, pups that don’t mosh. Come join us for a panel discussion on the many different ways that pup play can be done in our community, what these differences look like and how they affect our play.
1:00 PM - 3:00 PMErotic Hypnosis ReceptionLake ShoreA social reception for recreational hypnosis enthusiasts and curious alike. All experience levels welcome.
1:00 PM - 1:45 PMSeminar Kink U Session 2: Both Sides of The Coin: Financial DominationSeminarFinancial domination is a fetish, in particular a practice of dominance and submission, where a submissive will give gifts and money to a financial dominant. Join this round table discussion with fin doms and cash subs and learn about this kink that can be misunderstood and who knows maybe you will be seeing dollar signs or want to give up yours.
1:30 PM - 3:30 PMPeople of Color Leather Caucus: Panel DiscussionFlorentineJoin 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 moderated by ONYX founder Mufasa.
2:00 PM - 2:45 PMSeminar Kink U Session 3: Beyond The Party: Recovery In LeatherSeminarRecovery in leather can be challenge no matter what side of the slash you fall on. In this open discussion our panelists are opening up and talking about their own journey and what their recovery looks like while still being involved, whether it is at local bar nights or major events and the support that made it possible.
3:00 PM - 3:45 PMSeminar Kink U Session 4: Images and Artistry within the Leather/Fetish CommunitySeminarD.S. Trumbull will lead a panel discussion and presentation of extremely talented artists that exist within the Leather/Fetish community. Come join these talented artists as they showcase some of their favorite pieces of art, from Illustration to Photography, and talk about what inspires them to create such amazing Leather/Fetish art.
3:00 PM - 5:00 PMChicago Hellfire Club Annual IML Cocktail SocialOxfordCome meet the men of the Chicago Hellfire Club! We're honored to host our party again this year as leather folk from around the world come to our hometown to celebrate International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack. Want to know more about us? Perhaps you'd like to meet some of our members? We invite you to come see what we're up to, hang out and see what fun we can have together. All are welcome.
4:00 PM - 4:45 PMTitans of the Midwest Seminar/SocialSeminarTitans 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). Over our seven years, the Titans of the Midwest have hosted hundreds of educational sessions, bringing BDSM and kink education to thousands. For full course details visit: titansofthemidwest.org
4:00 PM - 6:00 PMLORE Sober Recovery Mocktail PartyGuest Room 700 North TowerAll members and friends of the recovery community are invited to attend.
6:00 PM - 1:00 AMAccess Pass RegistrationCongress Hotel Michigan Ave EntranceAccess Pass Registration - Hotel and Market access pass is required for entry. Must be 21+ for admission. Government issued photo ID required. Evening single day Access Pass $10.
7:00 PM - 10:30 PMBLUF SocialOxfordBLUF 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 PMIML Pecs and Personality ContestAuditorium TheatreAuditorium 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.
9:00 PM - 1:00 AMLeather Bear StampedeFlorentineLeather Bear Stampede: A new officially sanctioned Saturday night dance party at IML this year! DJ Ale Maes (Brazil, FurBall) makes his IML debut with booming sound and sexy visuals. Congress Plaza Hotel Florentine Ballroom. Tickets will be available at Weekend Registration/Ticket Desk.
10:00 PM - 2:00 AMGear Blast 2019RendezvousHot 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!
10:00 PM - 2:00 AMAPEX: the ONYX IML dance.The Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake StContinue your IML weekend with a APEX: the ONYX IML dance., the 2019 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 25 @The Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake St, 10pm-2am. $20 admission, sexy dancers, free transportation from the Congress Hotel beginning at 9:30pm.
11:00 PM - 12:00 AMLeather Recovery MeetingGuest Room 700 North Tower

Start TimeNameLocationDescription
10:00 AM - 4:00 PMAccess Pass RegistrationPrince Albert RoomAccess Pass Registration - Hotel and Market access pass is required for entry. Must be 21+ for admission. Government issued photo ID required. Full Weekend Access Pass $40. Daytime single day Access Pass day $25.
10:00 AM - 6:00 PMWeekend Package Pick up & Ticket SalesRafael Annex
11:00 AM - 2:00 PMLA&M Silent AuctionRendezvousLooking for a great deal on leather goods, kink art and toys? Check out the silent auction, raising funds to support the work of the Leather Archives & Museum. This year, the auction will run all weekend, giving you plenty of time to stop by and make a bid on the items that catch your eye. The auction will close at 2pm on Sunday, and winners will be notified. Items can be picked up in the LA&M Pop-Up Shop, or can be mailed to you for an additional fee.
11:00 AM - 3:00 PMCelebrity BootblacksRendezvousPlease join us as we open up the stands to some of your favorite bootblacks! Non-contestant bootblacks will be manning the stands from 11am to 3pm. Grab what gear you forgot during the contestant stands and support these amazing bootblacks!
11:00 AM - 5:00 PMLA&M Sling RaffleRendezvousBe sure to buy a few tickets for the annual LA&M sling raffle, sponsored by Fort Troff. This is your chance to win an amazing portable sling to bring to all the year's events, making your hotel room the place to be! Be sure to visit us and check out our sexy sling models, and enter for your chance to win. All proceeds go to support the Leather Archives & Museum.
11:00 AM - 5:00 PMLeather Archives & Museum Pop-Up ShopCongress HotelStop 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. You can also find IML merchandise, and pins and posters from past IML weekends. While you're there be sure to sign the 2019 IML flag, and renew your membership to the LA&M!
11:00 AM - 5:00 PMIML Leather Market1st, 2nd, 3rd floorsLeather Market Access – Must be 21+ to enter market area. Requires access wristband included with All Access Package or onsite for $40 good for entire weekend access. Day Access passes available.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PMLeather Recovery MeetingGuest Room 700 North Tower
2:00 PM - 3:00 PMMetropolitan Community Church ServiceColumbiaMetropolitan Community Church Service, General worship service by Chicago’s MCC’s for Christian Leatherfolk.
2:00 PM - 4:00 PMPOW! The Superhero Fetish MeetupHotel LobbyPOW! is the world’s kinkiest superhero fetish event, and a yearly tradition at IML. This futuristic party brings together kinksters who celebrate superhero fetish as part of their sexual identity. Show off your best cosplay or superhero gear, and meet other like-minded queeroes in this epic two-hour adventure. POW! is a judgment-free event. Hosted by Pablo Greene, author of How to Kill a Superhero, the best-selling series of erotic novels. For more info, email au@howtokillasuperhero.net.
6:00 PM - 1:00 AMAccess Pass RegistrationCongress Hotel Michigan Ave EntranceAccess Pass Registration - Hotel and Market access pass is required for entry. Must be 21+ for admission. Government issued photo ID required. Evening single day Access Pass $10.
6:00 PM - 9:00 PMInternational Mr. Leather ContestAuditorium TheatreINTERNATIONAL 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 AMIML Victory CelebrationHouse of Blues 329 N. Dearborn Street“The Victory Party” Returns With An All-Star Lineup. Award winning laser and light shows, sensational set designs, Go-Go dancers from around the world and DJ/Producer Grammy Nominated DJ Tony Moran (NYC/LA) and produced by Matthew Harvat (aka CircuitMOM). This event will once again fill every floor of the 4-story House Of Blues Chicago space, so get your passes early. Ticket Packages available Ticket Sales Desk at Congress Plaza Hotel, 1st floor, Ticket Sales Desk.
11:00 PM - 12:00 AMLeather Recovery MeetingGuest Room 700 North Tower

Start TimeNameLocationDescription
10:00 AM - 3:00 PMAccess Pass RegistrationPrince Albert RoomAccess Pass Registration - Hotel and Market access pass is required for entry. Must be 21+ for admission. Government issued photo ID required. Single Day Wristband $15
10:00 AM - 4:00 PMIML Ticket SalesRafael Annex
11:00 AM - 4:00 PMIML Leather Market1st, 2nd, 3rd floorsLeather Market Access – Must be 21+ to enter market area. Requires access wristband available with IML weekend packages. Day passes available.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PMLeather Archives & Museum Pop-Up ShopCongress HotelStop 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. You can also find IML merchandise, and pins and posters from past IML weekends. While you're there be sure to sign the 2019 IML flag, and renew your membership to the LA&M!
11:00 AM - 4:00 PMLA&M Sling RaffleRendezvousBe sure to buy a few tickets for the annual LA&M sling raffle, sponsored by Fort Troff. This is your chance to win an amazing portable sling to bring to all the year's events, making your hotel room the place to be! Be sure to visit us and check out our sexy sling models, and enter for your chance to win. All proceeds go to support the Leather Archives & Museum.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMPremier Package Holder ReceptionFlorentinePremier 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.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMLeather Recovery MeetingGuest Room 700 North Tower
9:00 PM - 4:00 AMBlack and Blue BallHouse of Blues 329 N. Dearborn StreetInternational Mr. Leather’s iconic closing party, "The Black & Blue Ball" returns to Chicago’s historic House Of Blues with Matthew Harvat and his team ready to transform the venue into a different and exciting space specifically for this event. DJ Karsten Sollors (Chicago) and International Superstar DJ/Producer Tom Stephan (London) once again headline, bringing their bass and drum beats to the dance floor. Ticket Packages available Ticket Sales Desk at Congress Plaza Hotel, 1st floor, Ticket Sales Desk.