I checked out this annual event for the first time on Saturday.

For those who don't know, IML is International Mr. Leather. A bunch of leather guys converge on Chicago and take over a hotel, the Palmer House Hilton, and there are tons of activities ( on stage, at the hotel, at bars and behind the scenes)

There are TONS of leather daddies and those who admire them at the hotel. You had to wait in a long line just to get into the market area where there is an endless line up of booths selling everything from porn to leather to sex toys to stained glass art that your grandmother might love.

I went there with a few friends and walked around. At first I was overwhelmed, but then it got old pretty fast for me. I am not at all into the leather scene, so all the guys started to look the same to me, and the seedy side of it that I hoped to see wasn't even there, because the lights in all the hotels conference rooms were so bright.

Anyway, glad I checked it out but I don't expect to be back there next year.

Grade: B


Blogger bomitoni said...

My mom was in town this weekend and we took her to go see a movie at Century Mall and as we're walking back to the car, we see 3 leather daddies! Classic!

1:39 PM, May 30, 2006  
Blogger Michael said...

I have a confession. I love IML weekend! I think it somehow relates to the fact that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so IML is like a second Halloween, only with more interesting costumes. Last year I was at my most adventurous. I went to the leather market twice, the closing party at Excalibur, and even went to the lobby of the Hilton after dark on Sunday night (tho I ran from there crying like a frightened child). This year I only went to the leather market, but it was still very entertaining. And, although I have no interest in the various "unconventional" sexual activities of the scene, I have to admit that there are some flat-out hot guys at IML once you get past the ultra-queenie leather bear daddies. Plus, this year I got my picture taken in a sling (fully clothed, mind you).

2:58 PM, May 30, 2006  
Blogger amandarama said...

The big illustrious college theatre auditions are held every year at the Palmer House... but probably not the same weekend as IML.

8:01 PM, May 30, 2006  
Blogger Bloghungry said...

HOT! Sad that you couldn't get down with a stapping young leather daddy. Maybe next year. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

10:24 PM, May 30, 2006  
Blogger Chicago_Sexbox said...

I am actually surprised at how many "non-leather aficianados" check these events out. Two years ago i went to one of the festivities Circuit had hosted. It was fun. There were some guest porn stars. I think next year I will actually go to the Leather Market. It sounds interesting.

2:22 PM, May 31, 2006  
Blogger Dustin J. Harder said...

wow...i'm so scared to get close I'm impressed by you. At the same time I wonder if my fear is some sort of pent up obsession for when i'm 40....I'm hoping not.

My tour went through Columbia, MS a few weeks ago and they actually had a meeting in town and there was a bunch of sex parties going on up on the 3rd floor.

no, i did not attend. But mostly because I didnt know about it until the next morning.

6:29 PM, June 01, 2006  

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