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International Mr. Leather: 5 must-see events

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May 22, 2013|By Tony Peregrin | For RedEye

Leather Market
When: Noon to 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
Where: Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 540 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago and Grand Ballrooms, 5th and 7th floors.

The Leather Market is the social epicenter of IML weekend and provides a welcoming atmosphere, especially for newbies, to become acquainted with leather and fetish culture. Open to the public.

Cost: $5 suggested donation with all of the proceed benefiting the Leather Archives & Museum.

For information, go to: http://www.imrl.com/visitorguide/market.php

Bossy: The Leather Queen Cometh
When: 9 p.m. Friday
Where: Parlour on Clark, 6341 N. Clark

For both new and avid fans of kink, this event features live demos on flogging, rope bondage and more. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward post-production costs of “Leather Queen,” a documentary that follows Miss Tamale as she runs for the title of International Ms. Leather.

Cost: $10 suggested donation

For information visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leather-Queen-Doc/209646522409054

35th Annual IML Contest
When: 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: The Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.

Weekend packages and single tickets for all official events can be purchased at the Registration/Ticket Sales Desk on the 5th Floor of The Marriott Downtown beginning at 10 a.m. Friday.

Watch Mr. International Leather 2012 Woody Woodruff pass the title on to this year’s winner, with a performance by “The Voice” finalist Beverly McClellan.

Bear Pride: Nuts to Butts
When: 9 p.m. Sunday
Where: Sanctuary at Castle Nightclub, 632 N. Dearborn St.
Ticket price included in weekend packages; individual tickets are available for purchase.

Looking for an alternative to Leather events? Memorial Day Weekend is also Bear Pride weekend in Chicago. Check out this popular dance party featuring hirsute, handsome bears and the men who admire ‘em.

For information, go to www.bearpride.org.

IML Black & Blue Ball
When: 9 p.m.
Monday
Where: Castle Nightclub, 632 N. Dearborn
Closing out a weekend of parties and events, the IML Black & Blue Ball featuring superstar DJs Matthew Harvat (Circuit Mom) and Ralphi Rosario keeps the vibe alive for one more night of dance floor debauchery, and the chance to party with the newly crowned International Mr. Leather.

For information, go to www.circuitmom.com.

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