IML 2016 Friday – It begins

International Mr. Leather, IMLCHICAGO — Friday starts the first full day of International Mr. Leather in Chicago. People and contestants have been arriving in the city since Sunday with smaller events all week, but the big events started Thursday night.

The roast for the outgoing IML and IMBB was the first major event of the weekend. (Read our coverage here.) Today is the opening of the leather market and first of the parties. Here’s the schedule for today, direct from IML:

Friday, May 27, 2016

Time Event Location Description iCal Download
10:00 AM – 9:00 PM Weekend Package Pick up & Ticket Sales Rafael Annex Weekend Package Pick up & Ticket Sales. Dowload to calendar
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Leather Market Day Pass Registration Prince Albert Room Weekend Package/Day Pass wristband is required and must be 21+ for admission. Photo ID required. Suggested donation $10. Dowload to calendar
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Leather Recovery Meeting Lake Shore A 12-step recovery meeting that welcomes all programs and people seeking support in a sober environment during all IML festivities. Dowload to calendar
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM International Mr. Bootblack Competition Rendezvous International Mr. Bootblack Competition. Dowload to calendar
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM IML Leather Market 1st, 2nd, 3rd floors Weekend Package/Day Pass wristband is required and must be 21+ for admission. Photo ID required. Suggested donation $10. Dowload to calendar
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM LORE Sober Recovery Dinner Pazzos Resturant 23 E. Jackson All members and friends of recovery community are invited to join, meet at the Congress Hotel entrance at 730pm for a short walk to the restaurant. Dowload to calendar
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Chicago Rubbermen Meet and Greet Buckingham The Chicago Rubbermen and Mr. International Rubber join forces to host the annual gathering of hot and kinky rubberists from around the globe! Dowload to calendar
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM IML Opening Ceremonies Park West 322 W Armitage Ave, Chicago Buses start at 7:15pm. Single tickets available ONLY at 1st floor Ticket Sales Desk. Event includes the introduction of contestants and judges. Doors open at 8:00 PM, show begins at 9:00 PM. Sponsored by ID Lube. Dowload to calendar
10:00 PM – 2:00 AM Gear Blast 2016 Rendezvous Hot guys in sports, racing, rubber, leather, lycra and other perv gear keep things hot, sweaty and kinky! Everyone is invited to get yer gear on and come party hard and sweaty. After all, it’s always better IN gear! Dowload to calendar
10:00 PM – 2:00 AM San Francisco Party Florentine Folsom Street Events delivers the biggest warm-up party of IML weekend right inside the host hotel. So, clean up, gear up, hang out and cruise at this nonstop sleazefest, featuring the deep, underground sounds of DJ Jack Change (London). As always?it’s free. Dowload to calendar
11:59 PM – 1:00 AM Leather Recovery Meeting Oxford A 12-step recovery meeting that welcomes all programs and people seeking support in a sober environment during all IML festivities. Dowload to calendar

Saturday will be packed with puppy events all day, the Person of Color Leather Caucus, Pecs & Personality and parties all day and night. Follow us on Facebook for breaking news.