May 1, 2020

After considerable effort and work, The IML Organization has secured new dates and agreements to hold IML/IMBB 2020. It comes with some uncertainty as we still do not know what the pandemic will bring in the next few months and if State and Local governments will continue to restrict large gatherings. That being said, we want IML/IMBB to happen in 2020 as we believe having our annual family reunion will be an important healing and return to normalcy for our leather community.

So, here’s some things we are ready to share with you. IML and IMBB will occur September 24-27, 2020 in a unique shorter format, some events will need to change and we’ll share more about that in the future but for now, we wanted to get the dates out so you can start your plans to attend.

The Congress Plaza Hotel will continue as our host hotel. Reservations for the new dates will open on May 1, 2020. After that date, you can call the hotel directly at 312.427.3800 to transfer existing reservations to our new dates or cancel if you won’t be able to attend, the hotel will refund deposits to the original credit card of purchase as soon as possible after. New reservations can also be made after May 1st.

Our weekend events and schedule will be released in early June as we are still working on final details. We will not reopen Weekend Package sales through our ticketing partner Box Office Tickets (BOT) until July 1, 2020. You will have options available with existing reservations.

  • You can hold your existing package until July 1st, at which time BOT will automatically transfer your reservation to equivalent packages for the September schedule. We know the event options will change and depending on your selected package we will apply a price adjustment refund. Adjustment refunds will occur by early August.
  • Starting June 1st through July 31st if you know you can’t attend in September 2020 but want to attend IML/IMBB again in May 2021, BOT can transfer your current package to 2021. We value your loyalty and to say thank you we will honor your 2020 purchase price for the equivalent package in 2021.
  • Starting May 1, 2020, you can cancel without penalty through June 30, 2020. This is done via email to BOT at BOT will issue a refund to the original credit card of purchase as soon as possible after.

We are disappointed to announce that the Weekend Dance Package will not be available in 2020. For those who made that purchase the IML Organization will be issuing a refund directly to you in the next 30 days. In planning we found that some hadn’t created a full account when purchasing tickets so we will be contacting you to obtain information needed to issue that refund.

Our revised plan took longer to come together than we would have liked but holding an event the size of IML with its many venues and activities isn’t easy and we’ve had to make contact with many who are not in the office or are not working at all during this time.

The IML Executive Staff and the Renslow Charitable Foundation are excited to share this news with you and the entire leather community. Know that The IML Organization won’t let IML/IMBB 2020 happen if it cannot be done safely for our IML/IMBB staff, volunteers, contestants, vendors, venues and most importantly you. The health and safety of everyone that makes IML/IMBB work has been foremost on our minds as we’ve developed our new 2020 plan. Until we see you in September please be safe and follow guidelines on social distancing, handwashing and the need to stay home to stop the spread.