IML announces return to longer weekend format

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

For those that like to experience everything IML, our Premier Weekend Package includes it all! You’ll get tickets to every IML event including the Sunday Contest and Victory Party. Contest events all come with upfront reserved seating. There’s even a special reception only for Premier Package holders to meet the winners and share a photo op. Also included: Premier ‘fast access’ to the IML Bus System, unlimited Leather Market access and the yearly t-shirt and poster. It’s the best value package and there’s no increase in price this year.

Premier ticket packages remain at $225.

You can save $15 with our early sale discount by purchasing your package before January 1, 2017.

In response to demand and allow guests to attend their choice of events, IML will introduce new specialty ticketing options which will let people purchase weekend ticket packages only for the events you typically attend.

New specialty packages for 2017 are the IML Contest Package ($140) which includes just the contest events (Opening Ceremonies, Pecs and Personality and The Contest) and the Dance Party Package ($120) which includes both sponsored dance events (The Victory Party and The Black and Blue Ball. IML Bus System access is also included. If guests wish, they can add-on the T-shirt and poster combo for an additional $20.

Weekend Leather Market Access is not included with these two specialty packages.

Specialty packages will go on sale in January 2017.

2017 Single Event Ticketing

In addition to the new available packages, there will also be changes to single event ticketing for 2017.

The Victory Party and The Black and Blue Party single event tickets will only be available via pre-sale events during April and May at local Chicago venues. Contest events will be exclusively for Premier and IML Contest Package holders. Single tickets will not be available for these events in 2017.

As pricing for all packages will be increased by $10 on-site during IML Weekend, we encourage everyone to buy your packages in advance.

Weekend Leather Market Access wristbands will only be available on-site during IML for a suggested donation of $25 and will be good all four days of the Leather Market. A single-day Market pass will also be available for a suggested donation of $15.

As you can see, we’re already busy making plans for an amazing IML 2017 and we look forward to once again welcome the world to Chicago next May.

For additional information, links and updates, please visit our website,

Via press release