Time is definitely flying by, seems we were knee deep in snow and now April is almost gone. Oh, wait, that snow just left us a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, things are moving fast to May and the big Memorial Day weekend when we welcome both IML and Bear Pride to town. But there’s no need to wait till then for some wild and crazy fun at Touché. April’s last weekend finds us with a couple of big nights.

ONYX comes back to host their monthly Club Night at the bar on Friday and if it’s anything like their previous Club Nights, it will be a big crowd. They are pumped for a big weekend, hosting their night at Touché before heading to CLAW to host a dance on Saturday. I haven’t heard any details on their plans (hint, hint Greg) but you can count on them to do some kind of outrageous contest or game.

Then on Saturday, it’s time to get RIPE! This night has really caught on this past year, guys are loving the music, the mood (we’ll dim the lights way down) and the dancers. We have managed to find several humpy studs that love to come in and entertain you and perform for the crowd. Get comfortable and out of your pants, free clothing check is available on our RIPE nights.

Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs & Sox, com ‘on guys lets get on the winning side of things. We’ve got he playoffs up on our screens every night with sound to catch all the cheers and moans of the games. Plus you can keep an eye on the boys of summer and see if they can get a winning streak going. Good thing you can count on our SUNDAY BEER BUST. The Bud & Bud Light is still just a buck a glass all day and all night on Sundays (sodas, too) Whether you’re cheering a big play, screaming at the team or just sitting quietly for the games, toast the team with a cold one.

Sunday is MOVIE NIGHT as well, lots of guys are joining us for the movie at 7pm in the Club Room. You can catch the latest releases and old favorites each week on new HD flat screen with surround sound, a great movie experience. Seems before the movies end, nighttime party mode has set in, kind of a double feature.

Looking ahead to May, we have another big BEAR NIGHT, Cinco de May, the Windy City Bondage Club ties things up, a Bear Chested Full Moon, an Armed Forces Day Gear Night and a huge “Good Luck Miguel” party all before IML and Bear Pride starts up. No wonder they call it the lusty month of May.

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo and summer cool drinks, we’ve added some new tequilas at the bar and new brews are coming too. Ask your bartender “what’s new?” on your next visit at Touché.

Obviously, I have plenty to do before May takes over so let me get back to it. I want to watch the Blackhawks game tonight at the bar, come join me.


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Mr Chicago Leather 2014 Miguel Torres

Extreme cold and snow failed to deter a huge turnout in Chicago for the 2014 Mr Chicago Leather Contest January 24th- 26th at Touché, 6412 North Clark Street. Leatherfolk near and far packed the bar both Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon for the weekend’s festivities with many visiting titleholders in the crowd.

The contest on Saturday night featured six men going for the title of Mr Chicago Leather 2014 with Miguel Torres was selected as the winner.  Joining Miguel at the contest’s end was 1st Runner Up Jonathan Saidler and 2nd Runner Up Clint Sabin.  Miguel will now represent Chicago’s leather community over the next year and compete at Mr. International Leather 2014 in May.

Miguel is originally from Venezuela and has called Chicago his home since 2000. He remains active in fundraising for local charities and this past summer participated in Ride for AIDS, a two-day, 200-mile bicycling event for Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN).

Judges for Mr Chicago Leather 2014 were International Mr Leather 2013 Andy Cross, Matt Hengle, Mr Midwest Leather 2012, Jesse Driscoll. Mr Midwest Rubber 2013;  Christina Court, videographer and editor for LA&M’s Leather Preservation and Conservation Project and Mr Chicago Leather 2013 Nick Zuko.  Returning from London England for his 11th year as contest emcee was International Mr Leather 2003 John Pendal.

The weekend activities began with a Welcome party on Friday evening.  The Imperial Windy City Court of the Prairie State present the LA&M with a donation from their charity campaign. After introductions of the judges, staff and contestnats, the Windy City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence offered their blessing.  Then followed a Roast of Mr Chicago Leather Nick Zuko hosted by Thib Guicherd-Callin, Mr. Santa Clara County Leather 2012. 

Saturday afternoon offered participants several options beginning with a Leather Brunch.  Touché hosted a Fetish Flea Market and both the Leather Archives & Museum and Gerber/Hart, Chicago’s LGBT Library & Archives hosted events during the afternoon.

The Mr Chicago Leather 2014 Contest began promptly at 10pm that evening with the contestants judged on their leather image, public speaking and the crowd favorite, jockstrap.  Emcee John Pendal kept the pace lively and entertained with his unique humor and audience games while scores were being tallied. One segment included having Andy Cross in a true or false challenge of his experiences as International Mr Leather 2013.  The final announcement of Miguel as Mr Chicago Leather 2014 met with roaring approval by those packed in the bar.

During the proceedings, Touché bar manager presented the Chuck Windemuth Leather Mentorship Award to Jeff Willoughby, Mr Chicago Leather 2005 for his years of coaching those new to the leather lifestyle. This award was established in 2013 to commemorate the late Chuck Windemuth who was Mr Chicago Leather 1991. Chuck spent many years mentoring to scores of young men coming into leather.

On Sunday, Touché hosted a second day for the Fetish Flea Market and a Victory Party for Mr Chicago Leather Miguel to cap off a hugely successful weekend.

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