Event Schedule

Events listed below are a tentative as we move closer to the event we will post an official schedule.

(All IML 2022 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 - 9:00 PMLeather 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.
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 - Requires access wristband for entry, must be 21+ for admission. Government issued photo ID required. Full Weekend Access Pass $40. Leather Market 4 day Access Pass day $25. Single day admission $10.00.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PMLeather Recovery MeetingGuest Room 700 North Tower
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 PMLeather Archives & Museum Silent AuctionRendezvousRaise money for the Leather Archives & Museum, and get a great deal on some incredible artwork! You’ll find original pieces and prints, with something in every price range, featuring artists such as Etienne, The Hun, Jakal, Cirby Leon and more. Check back often to make sure you haven’t been outbid, or just use the buy-it-now option and take it away! Your purchases help support LAM’s work to preserve our leather history. Shipping is available for your winnings. Silent Auction closes Sunday at 2pm.
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. You’ll find unique items designed especially for IML in limited quantities, so catch them before they’re gone. You can meet legendary photographer Mike Ruiz and see some of his iconic leather photography. You’ll even have the chance to get your photo taken as well! While you’re there be sure to sign the 2022 IML flag, and renew your membership to LAM.
12:00 PM - 7:00 PMIML Leather Market1st, 2nd, 3rd floorsLeather Market Access – Requires access wristband for entry, must be 21+ for admission. Government issued photo ID required. Full Weekend Access Pass $40. Leather Market 4 day Access Pass day $25. Single day admission $10.00.
12:00 PM - 7:00 PMLeather Archives & Museum Sling RaffleRendezvousBe sure to buy a fist-full of tickets for the annual LA&M Sling Raffle. You’ll be supporting a great cause, and getting a chance to win your very own portable sling. This is your chance to make your hotel room THE place to be at the next event! Check out our sexy models and enter as often as you like. If you win and it’s just too big for you to handle, shipping is available.
12:00 PM - 7:00 PMInternational Mr. Bootblack CompetitionRendezvousInternational Mr. Bootblack Competition.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PMMr. International Rubber Judge AnnouncementOxfordA brief press conference, open to all interested persons and parties, to announce the Judges and Tallymasters for the 26th Mr. International Rubber Contest to be held November 4-6, 2022
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.
7:30 PM - 10:00 PMOff Leash: The Pup and Handler RompRendezvousThe annual pup and Handler party that is open to all, and free to attend for all pups, Handlers, and all interested. Expect squeaky toys, pup treats (non-gluten option available) & more surprises, fun, and a few special guests. Join us for the frolic!
10:00 PMBrüt IML American HardcoreFantasy Night Club, 3641 N HalstedBRÜT party has a successful combination of hot sexual energy, dirty house music, and an environment void of attitude or judgement. Join like-minded, tolerant people who appreciate mind-blowing dance music, have a confident sexual verve, and a little bit of sleaze. DJ’s Dan Darlington and Morabito. Doors open at 10:00pm Tickets at tickets at Brutparty.com.
10:30 PM - 2:00 AMRubber Gear Social by MIR & Chicago Rubber ClubRendezvousGear up and come see other shiny people at the annual gathering of Rubberists at IML. Hosted by the Chicago Rubber Club and Mr. International Rubber. All rubber and associated fetishes and fetishists are welcome.
11:00 PM - 12:00 AMLeather Recovery MeetingGuest Room 700 North Tower

Start TimeNameLocationDescription
10:00 AM - 6:00 PMAccess Pass RegistrationPrince Albert RoomAccess Pass Registration - Requires access wristband for entry, must be 21+ for admission. Government issued photo ID required. Full Weekend Access Pass $40. Leather Market 4 day Access Pass day $25. Single day admission $10.00.
10:00 AM - 8:30 PMWeekend Package Pick up & Ticket SalesRafael Annex
11:00 AM - 12:00 PMLeather Recovery MeetingGuest Room 700 North Tower
11:00 AM - 6:00 PMLeather Archives & Museum Silent AuctionRendezvousRaise money for the Leather Archives & Museum, and get a great deal on some incredible artwork! You’ll find original pieces and prints, with something in every price range, featuring artists such as Etienne, The Hun, Jakal, Cirby Leon and more. Check back often to make sure you haven’t been outbid, or just use the buy-it-now option and take it away! Your purchases help support LAM’s work to preserve our leather history. Shipping is available for your winnings. Silent Auction closes Sunday at 2pm.
11:00 AM - 6:00 PMLeather Archives & Museum Sling RaffleRendezvousBe sure to buy a fist-full of tickets for the annual LA&M Sling Raffle. You’ll be supporting a great cause, and getting a chance to win your very own portable sling. This is your chance to make your hotel room THE place to be at the next event! Check out our sexy models and enter as often as you like. If you win and it’s just too big for you to handle, shipping is available.
11:00 AM - 6:00 PMLeather Archives & Museum Pop-Up ShopCongress HotelStop by the pop-up shop for the Leather Archives & Museum and check out some amazing merchandise. You’ll find unique items designed especially for IML in limited quantities, so catch them before they’re gone. You can meet legendary photographer Mike Ruiz and see some of his iconic leather photography. You’ll even have the chance to get your photo taken as well! While you’re there be sure to sign the 2022 IML flag, and renew your membership to LAM.
11:00 AM - 7:00 PMInternational Mr. Bootblack CompetitionRendezvousInternational Mr. Bootblack Competition.
11:00 AM - 7:00 PMIML Leather Market1st, 2nd, 3rd floorsLeather Market Access – Requires access wristband for entry, must be 21+ for admission. Government issued photo ID required. Full Weekend Access Pass $40. Leather Market 4 day Access Pass day $25. Single day admission $10.00.
12:00 PM - 12:45 PMSeminar Kink U Session 1: Erotic Hypnosis 101: Hypnosis BasicsSeminarWhat is Hypnosis? Why and how does it work? This class explains the basics of Hypnosis in clear and understandable terms and shows it's applications in the world of kink. It’s not magic. It’s not mind control. It’s not a trick or gimmick. Hypnosis is very real phenomenon that many use safely and enjoyably in their kinky lives. You can too!
1:00 PM - 1:45 PMSeminar Kink U Session 2: Class: How Your Leather Speaks: A Semiotic Analysis Aesthetic Appropriate in Leather Attire
SeminarPresenter: Ian Gray

Description: This course examines the relationship between appropriation, semiotics, and the aesthetics of leather/fetish attire and asks the question: What statement does your gear make? Both statements we make intentionally and the states that we connote passively through our gear.

Using a combination of semiotics, phenomenology, literary & media theory, Queer theory, and Neurodiversity theory we examine the Sam Browne belt, American biker attire, skinhead dress, and police attire and then asks what it means to appropriate, borrow, and, perhaps, reclaim these symbols and vestments and how our use of them shapes the leather community.
1:00 PM - 3:00 PMIML Poster SigningRendezvousMeet JPRuger the 2022 Poster Model. He will be signing posters and available for photo ops with donations to the LA&M. Didn’t get a poster? No problem, they will be available for purchase.
1:30 PM - 3:30 PMPeople of Color Leather Caucus: Panel Discussion by Mufasa AliFlorentine Room Join ONYX Founder Mufasa Ali and 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. Come join in the discussion and network with the POC Leather/Kink community. All are invited.
2:00 PM - 2:45 PMSeminar Kink U Session 3: Yes, you always want FRIES with that: abuse vs BDSM and power dynamics

Presenters: Reya Sunshine and Raidho Wilde
SeminarDescription: Consent is the beginning, not the end, of our relationships and dynamics.What else do we need to have successful dynamics? How can we better identify red flags early on? And if a relationship turns abusive, how do you respond and stay supported through the healing process? What if you have to see that person at other events? We’ll delve into all these questions and more.
3:00 PM - 3:45 PMSeminar Kink U Session 4: Vaginal Sex for Gay Men by Boy Madura OnyxSeminarAs a transgender man who identifies as mostly “gay” I commonly hear from cis gender gay men, “I haven’t been in a vagina since I came out of one.” This class is created to eliminate any concerns or hesitation around sleeping with and playing with people with vaginas. It will highlight the basics of the vagina, how to sexually play with it, and what changes happen for some transgender men and transgender women with vaginas. This class will be interactive and you will have the opportunity to ask many questions that you may have never considered. I look forward to teaching you all.
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
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 ContestArie Crown TheaterArie Crown Theater: 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 - 2:00 AMLeather Bear StampedeFlorentineLeather Bear Stampede: Leather Bear Stampede returns this year at IML! DJ Jesse Mercado (Chicago) returns 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 2022RendezvousGearheads into sports, racing, rubber, leather, lycra and other perv gear keep things hot, sweaty and kinky! Everyone is invited to get their gear on and come party hard. After all, it's always better IN gear!
10:00 PM - 2:00 AMONYX Dance: CLIMAXBassline Bar 2239 S. Michaigan Ave Continue your IML weekend with a CLIMAX with ONYX. 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 28 @Bassline Bar 2239 S. Michaigan Ave 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 - Requires access wristband for entry, must be 21+ for admission. Government issued photo ID required. Full Weekend Access Pass $15. Leather Market 2 day Access Pass day $25. Single day admission $10.00.
10:00 AM - 6:00 PMWeekend Package Pick up & Ticket SalesRafael Annex
11:00 AM - 12:00 PMLeather Recovery MeetingGuest Room 700 North Tower
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 - 4:00 PMLeather Archives & Museum 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 - 4:00 PMLeather Archives & Museum Sling RaffleRendezvousBe sure to buy a fist-full of tickets for the annual LA&M Sling Raffle. You’ll be supporting a great cause, and getting a chance to win your very own portable sling. This is your chance to make your hotel room THE place to be at the next event! Check out our sexy models and enter as often as you like. If you win and it’s just too big for you to handle, shipping is 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 2022 IML flag, and renew your membership to the LA&M!
11:00 AM - 5:00 PMIML Leather Market1st, 2nd, 3rd floorsLeather Market Access – Requires access wristband for entry, must be 21+ for admission. Government issued photo ID required. Full Weekend Access Pass $15. Leather Market 2 day Access Pass day $25. Single day admission $10.00.
1:00 PM - 3:00 PMIML Poster SigningRendezvousMeet JPRuger the 2022 Poster Model. He will be signing posters and available for photo ops with donations to the LA&M. Didn’t get a poster? No problem, they will be available for purchase.
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 Superhero Fetish MeetupOxfordPOW! is a superhero fetish event intended to delight your senses with spandex, latex, leather and hero gear -- whatever blows your skirt up! There will be a costume contest/fashion show, a superhero/villian duel/performance, dance music and a dazzling light show in this 2-hour free adventure. Superhero themed attire is encouraged but anything you feel sexy in is welcomed. Celebrate your inner sexy superhero and meet other likeminded superfreaks in this judgement-free event.
Sponsored by Cell Block. Hosted by Dazzler (Matt Cardoni). For more information email mattcardoni@gmail.com.
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 ContestArie Crown TheaterINTERNATIONAL MR. LEATHER CONTEST Arie Crown Theater: 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 Ale Maes (Brazil), DJ Brady Prince 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 $10
10:00 AM - 4:00 PMIML Ticket SalesRafael Annex
11:00 AM - 2:00 PMLeather Archives & Museum Silent AuctionRendezvousRaise money for the Leather Archives & Museum, and get a great deal on some incredible artwork! You’ll find original pieces and prints, with something in every price range, featuring artists such as Etienne, The Hun, Jakal, Cirby Leon and more. Check back often to make sure you haven’t been outbid, or just use the buy-it-now option and take it away! Your purchases help support LAM’s work to preserve our leather history. Shipping is available for your winnings. Silent Auction closes Sunday at 2pm.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PMIML Leather Market1st, 2nd, 3rd floorsLeather Market Access – Requires access wristband for entry, must be 21+ for admission. Government issued photo ID required. Day passes available $10.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PMLeather Archives & Museum Pop-Up ShopCongress HotelLeather Market Access – Requires access wristband for entry, must be 21+ for admission. Government issued photo ID required. Day passes available $10.
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.