Rodeo ‘Round Town for Illinois Gay Rodeo Association

CHICAGO — Join the Illinois Gay Rodeo Association (IL.G.R.A.) for Rodeo ‘Round Town! We will be raising money to put on a REAL RODEO HERE IN CHICAGO NEXT YEAR!!!! Friday:
The fun kicks off at 9pm at Charlie’s Chicago with our Rodeo Barn Dance Party! There will be raffles, prizes, dancing, drinking, and fun!!!! Saturday:
We go a little more to the risqué side at Touché Starting at 10pm.

Chicago Rubbermen celebrate 11 years

CHICAGO — The Chicago Rubbermen celebrated their 11th anniversary with a party at Touche in Chicago. The Chicago Rubbermen are a social club for men from the Chicago area and beyond into rubber gear fetish including latex, industrial rubber, neoprene “wetsuits”, waders, rubber boots, and gas masks. They are one of the largest in the country and have been involved with the production of Mr. International Rubber since their founding. The party packed the back room of the bar and filled up the front. Slave angie was on bootblack duty in the backroom with a barber up front.

Chicago BearCity 3 Premiere Weekend!

CHICAGO — BearCity 3 is coming to Chicago for an unforgettable weekend. Join them on Friday at 9pm for the Weekend Kick-Off at SOFO Tap 4923 N. Clark St. Then Saturday, the screening at 9:15pm at the Landmark Century Centre Theatre, followed immediately by a Q&A with the filmmakers and cast. Followed by a After-Party at Touché at 6412 N.Clark St. Finally on Sunday afternoon, if we are all still alive, we might end up at Sidetracks singing show tunes and drinking Bloody Mary’s.

Champaign-Urbana, IL Pride Parade

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana RACK BDSM/kink group will be marching in the CU Pride Parade on September 10th at 3pm. This is the same day as our munch at 7PM. We welcome all to march with us so if you or anyone you know would like to, please let us know. Please bring any flags or banners if you have them.   This is our first year doing this so we would like to have as large of a contingent as we can. You can RSVP here, https://fetlife.com/events/476452, or by sending an email to champaignurbanarack@gmail.com.  More information can be found here, http://www.unitingpride.org/#!cu-pridefest/c20jp.

LA&M, Leather Archives & Museum

IML Weekend raises $72,000 for the LA&M

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives & Museum announced today that International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack weekend raised $72,000 for the LA&M during the 2016 Memorial Day Weekend event.  In addition to donations from visitors to the IML Leather Market, funds were raised at a raffle of a portable sling from Fort Troff, a roast of the outgoing International Mr. Leather (Patrick Smith) and International Mr. Bootblack (Bamm Bamm), and other fundraising events and gifts. Read the full story on Great Lakes Den.

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.

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Chicago Puppy Patrol at Full Moon Firejam

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. Aug.

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: http://imrl.com/visitorguide/hotel.php. 2017 IML Packages Now Available

Premier Weekend Package tickets for IML 2017 are now available at http://imrl.com/visitorguide/package.php.