International Mr. Leather

IML ChicagoThe world’s hottest leathermen will come together to compete for the title of International Mr. Leather, in Chicago May 24-28th.


About 400 gay leathermen gathered in Chicago in 1979 for the first International Mr. Leather contest.


Today, the event has grown to be an annual tradition for thousands in the leather community – drawing contestants and attendees from around the globe. Once an event for hardcore leathermen, IML has expanded in recent years to include a more diverse crowd – from the experienced to the curious.


The Host Hotel is located at the corner of Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue, the Congress Plaza Hotel is situated adjacent to Grant Park. The iconic Buckingham Fountain and Lincoln Statue are just steps away while Millennium Park and Lurie Garden adjoin Grant Park.


The Congress Plaza Hotel boasts 871 guest rooms and suites and being built in an era when it was fashionable to live in a hotel, the unique room configurations are unlike modern cookie-cutter chain hotels. Though times have changed since the Congress was originally built, the property has retained its character by blending the old with the new.

 Package And Ticket Information

Premier Package – $225
The Weekend Premier Package gives you everything: Your ballot to cast your vote in the 26th Annual International Mr. Bootblack Competition, tickets to all Official IML events including Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, Pecs and Personality on Saturday and the 40th Anniversary of the International Mr. Leather Competition on Sunday. Premier Package holders have preferred special seating for Saturday and Sunday evening. Additionally, tickets for the Victory Party on Sunday and the Infamous Black and Blue Ball on Monday. A Leather Market wristband for unlimited access, use of the IML Transport System for off-site events, poster and t-shirt are also part of the Premier Package.


IML Contest Package – $140
The new IML Contest Weekend Package provides you access to just the IML Contest events (Opening Ceremonies, Pecs and Personality and the Contest). Bus system access also included. Add on the T-Shirt and Poster for an additional $20. Leather Market access available separately (suggested donation $25 for the weekend, $15 single day).


IML Dance Party Package – $120
Tickets to the Victory Party and Black and Blue Ball, plus IML bus system acess. Add on the T-Shirt and Poster for an additional $20. Leather Market access available separately (suggested donation $25 for the weekend, $15 single day).


Deaf and Handicapped Attendees
Reserved seating is available for both deaf and handicap attendees. Seating in these sections is reserved for all shows. A valid ticket for these areas is required to be seated in these sections. You may select these sections when purchasing your weekend packages via Box Office Tickets.


To see the event schedule, click here.


For more information on IML, visit the web page.