Touché is pleased to announce our plans for the Mr Chicago Leather 2017 Contest weekend scheduled for January 26-29, 2017. The contest weekend this year features even more activities with a few new twists. Once again the big contest will be held at the Leather Archives & Museum on that Saturday evening.
Returning all the way from London, England for the 13th straight time to host the contest will be International Mr Leather 2003 John Pendal. Since his year as IML, John has gone on to a fulltime career as a comedian, appearing across the UK and abroad, but keeps this date in January to come back to Chicago to emcee our contest. We could not be honored more.
Except we are honored more, having the top three men from IML2016 on board for the contest. Joining Mr Chicago Leather 2016 Todd Harris (1st Runner Up IML2016) will be the one man to stand above him last May – International Mr Leather 2016 David “Tigger” Bailey. 2nd Runner Up at IML 2016 – Mr Midwest Leather 2015 Adam “Pup Vino” Henderson will serve as one of our tally masters.
Rounding out our judges panel will be another IML 2016 alumni Mr 501 Eagle 2016 Eric Masters, Mr Midwest Rubber 2016 Pup Icarus and Ms New Mexico Leather 96, American Leatherwoman 1997 and International Ms Bootblack 1999 Leslie Anderson.
Contestant applications are available at Touché now. You may also download an application here.
In 2015, the contest was moved from Touché to the Leather Archives & Museum to allow more to view the proceedings and we had to turn people away. In 2016 to ensure attendees a seat for the contest, we initiated a weekend package for the Mr Chicago Leather contest. The package included drinks at the various parties, admission to the contest, Sunday brunch and more and sold out early.
For 2017, the MCL weekend package is priced at $75, an increase over last year but with even more included in this year’s package. The 2017 package includes:
Admission ticket to the Mr Chicago Leather 2017 Contest at the Leather Archives & Museum on Saturday night.
Ticket for the MCL Brunch on Sunday
Behind the Scenes Tours of the Leather Archives & Museum and Gerber/Hart Library tour space limited, sign up at registration to reserve your participation
Drink tickets for the Welcome Party & Roast on Friday, Leather Eyeopeners, MCL2017 Contest & PURE Victory Party on Saturday, Leather Showtunes on Sunday.
MCL2017 t-shirt, program, promotional goodies
All in a Touché sport bag for easy carrying.
Guarantee your seat for the contest and order an MCL2017 weekend package through Brown Paper Tickets.
The new Hampton Inn Chicago North/Loyola Station at 1209 West Albion (Albion & Sheridan Road) is our host hotel. The hotel features double queen beds, complimentary breakfast and much more. It is conveniently locate just east of Touché and the LA&M with and steps from the CTA Red Line. You may book rooms directly here or call 1-800-HILTONS and mention Mr Chicago Leather.
FYI due to sell out crowds, the 2017 MCL contest will be webcast live at Touché that Saturday night, January 28th. Admission to the bar is free.
Schedule of Events All weekend events are held at Touché, 6412 North Clark Street unless otherwise noted. There is no admission charge for events at Touché.
•Thursday, January 26th
FULL KIT GEAR Anniversary Party Full Kit celebrates it’s 2nd year for it’s Chicago store at 5021 North Clark Street
MCL2017 REGISTRATION open 5pm-midnight pick up your weekend package, purchase tickets to contest, brunch and more.
•Friday, January 27th
MCL2017 REGISTRATION open 5pm-midnight
WELCOME PARTY with introductions of judges and contestants 10pm
ROAST OF TODD HARRIS -MR CHICAGO LEATHER 2016 with roast master Thib Guicherd-Callin Mr Santa Clara County Leather 2012 @midnight
•Saturday, Janaury 23rd
LEATHER EYE-OPENERS 11am
MCL2017 REGISTRATION open 11 am -4pm
FETISH FLEA MARKET noon – 5pm buy-sell-trade leather-rubber-uniforms
KINK U noon-5pm presented by Titans of the Midwest
MR CHICAGO LEATHER 2017 CONTEST 8pm @Leather Archives & Museum 6418 North Greenview hosted by John Pendal IML2003 doors open 7pm
PURE LEATHER VICTORY DANCE 10pm Celebrate with Mr Chicago Leather 2017 – Strict dress code in Club Room, RIPE Go-Go dudes, DJ Harry T
•Sunday, July 19th
LEATHER BRUNCH 11am-2pm @Andersonville Brewing Company 5402 North Clark Street
SUNDAY BEER BUST $1 drafts & sodas all day
BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS 2-4pm at LA&M and Gerber/Hart Library participation is limited advanced sign up at registration.
LEATHER SHOWTUNES 4-9pm @The Call Bar 1547 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Additional events may be added to this schedule, check back for updates.