Great Lakes Drummer Drummerboy Bootblack

Great Lakes Drummer coming to Chicago on Sept. 9

CHICAGO — The Great Lakes Drummer, Drummer Boy, and Drummer Boot Black 2016 contest will be at Touchè in Chicago. Applications can be picked up at Touchè. You must live in the Great Lakes area (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) to compete. The winner will go on to compete at Drummer North America in Las Vegas in January. The Meet and Greet & Contest will be held at Touchè Friday and Saturday. Meet and Greet is Friday Sept 9th 9 pm
Contest is Saturday Sept 10th 10 pm.

Northalsted Market Days

Northalsted Market Days this weekend

CHICAGO — Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, Northalsted Market Days is set to be the biggest and best it has ever been! This years Northhalsted Market Days will take place the weekend of August 13th & 14th, 2016, when a crowd of more than 180,000 people from across the country will converge on Halsted Street to celebrate our annual event. Past performances include En Vogue, Jennifer Holliday, Lynda Carter, Salt n Pepa, Wilson Phillips and David Cassidy. For 48 hours, the neighborhood of Lakeview, becomes filled with food, art, music and fun. In which Chicago welcomes the largest street festival in the Midwest.

International Mr. Leather

International Mr. Leather returns to longer weekend

CHICAGO — IML is excited to announce the return to a longer weekend format and begin on Thursday, May 25, 2017 through Monday, May 29, 2017. Opening Ceremonies and the popular ‘Contestant Number Draw’ will kick off the IML 2017 weekend on Thursday May 25th. The Congress Hotel is our host hotel and is now accepting reservations for IML weekend. Please use the following link to book your room directly: 2017 IML Packages Now Available

Premier Weekend Package tickets for IML 2017 are now available at

Pup Vegas wins Imperial Windy City Court Puppy 2017

CHICAGO — Pup Vegas won the first Imperial Windy City Court Puppy contest on Saturday, July 30, at Chicago’s Jackhammer bar. This was the first year for the contest. The previous titleholder, Pup Vino, was appointed to the title and later went on to win Mr. Midwest Leather 2016. Vegas will go on to the International Puppy Contest next year in St. Louis.

LA&M, Leather Archives & Museum

Leather Archives & Museum announces Visiting Scholars for 2016-2017

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives and Museum announced this week the 2016-2017 Visiting Scholars. This year, there are three. Scott Herring has been named a 2016-2017 Visiting Scholar at the Leather Archives & Museum.  Scott is Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty in American Studies, Gender Studies, and The Kinsey Institute for the Study of Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University. His research focuses on modern American literary studies (especially 1914-1945), American cultural studies, and LGBTQ studies as well as subfields such as critical rural/regional studies and material culture studies. Scott will use his time at the LA&M to utilize collections related to Sam Steward toward a new book, ¨Elderly Moderns¨, a study of poetry, novels, memoirs, and memorabilia produced by hetero- and homosexual American modernist artists late in their lives, when the period of modernism is thought to have long subsided.

Windy City Imperial Puppy Contest

Imperial Windy City Court Presents: Imperial Pup Contest 2016

CHICAGO — The Imperial Windy City Court is Proud to present Its Second Annual Imperial Pup Contest! Want to be the Next Imperial Pup and help your Community ? Then this is your chance applications will be available very shortly and must be submitted no later then Thursday, July 28, at 10pm. Categories are as follow:


Saturday Afternoon 2pm – -Interview
Saturday Night 10pm – The contest begins

With special performances by Her Most imperial Majesty Diamond Andrews Devereaux Yaki and more to be announced. The judges are:

2016 Illinois Leather Sir Sir Snuggleupagus (Sir S)
Great Lakes Puppy 2016 Pup Rococo
Mr. Heartland Leather 2014 Michael “Ryker” Kaplan
Mr. Midwest Leather 2015 Adam “Pup Vino” Henderson

Contest applications are available at

Facebook event page:

Chicago Puppy Patrol at Full Moon Firejam, July 20

CHICAGO — Join Chicago Puppy Patrol for a magical night of drums and fire spinners. This event is totally FREE and open to anyone. If you’ve never been to a Full Moon Fire Jam you won’t be disappointed. This event is weather depended so please check back for updates the day of the event. JuLY 20, 7:30pm

The field is by the lake at Lakeshore Dr. You can access it from the bike path or by walking through the Argyle/ LSD underpass.

Chicago Rubbermen

Chicago Rubbermen at Midwest Rubber

CHICAGO — Join us next weekend, July 15-17, 2016 as we cheer on the contestants for Mister Midwest Rubber! Our very own Gummibärchen, Mr. International Rubber 19 and Mr. Midwest Rubber 2015 will be stepping down from his MMWR title year, and what a year it has been! Let’s fill the bar with sexy, rubbery, geared up bodies to support Chicago and the Midwest’s own rubber contest. We are sponsoring this year’s event and all you have to do is show up:

The Chicago Rubbermen will donate $5 to the Mister Midwest Rubber contest for each person who enters the bar. We’ll donate up to a maximum of $250 for whichever night has the highest attendance, so come show your support – we hope to see you there! Chicago Rubbermen