Here’s the first batch of details on Mr Chicago Leather 2018!

Contestant application

Contest weekend packages available now.

Weekend package includes MCL2018 Contest admission, Saturday leather eyeopeners, Sunday leather brunch, drink tickets, MCL2018 t-shirts and more.  $75 for entire weekend package can purchased here.

Individual MCL2018 contest tickets will be available at Touché for $35.00

2018 MCL Contest Weekend Schedule   January 25-28

All events held at Touché unless otherwise noted

THURSDAY  Jan 25th  Touché open 5 pm – 4 am

FULL KIT GEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY 6-8pm at the Store 5021 North Clark Street

MCL2018 REGISTRATION open   7 pm-midnight                                                                    Pick up weekend packages, sales of individual tickets, merchandise

FRIDAY  Jan 26th   Touché open 5pm – 4 am

MCL2018 REGISTRATION   5 pm – midnight                                                                         Pick up weekend packages, sales of individual tickets, merchandise

MCL2018 WELCOME COCKTAIL PARTY   10 pm                                                         Meet judges, contestants and other guests, introductions and number drawing by contestants at 11 pm hosted by John Pendal IML 2003

ROAST OF GERALD “DADDY G” CERNAK    Midnight                                                  Mr Chicago Leather 2017 takes a licking, Hosted by Thib Guicherd-Callin, Mr Santa Clara County Leather 2012

SATURDAY  Jan 27th    Touché open 11 am – 5 am

LEATHER EYEOPENERS   11 am–noon                                                           Complimentary coffee & continental breakfast

MCL2018 REGISTRATION    noon – 4 pm                                                                    Weekend package pick up, sales of individual tickets & merchandise

LEATHER SWAP   noon- 4 pm                                                                                                      Buy-sell-trade     leather-rubber-uniforms-boots-gear

KINK U    1 – 4 pm                                                                                                                 Presented by Titans of The Midwest in Club Room                                                                   1pm – Bottoms Up-Impact Play   presenter slave amandeh  Great Lakes slave 2015              2pm – WTF is Bootblacking? (Bootblacking 101)   presenter Pawlish, International Bootblack 2017                                                                                                                                  3pm – Double Trouble  Co-Topping   presenter Mufasa Ali  ONYX Leatherman 1997, Mr World Leather 2006/2007International Mr. Bootblack 2017

PRE-CONTEST COCKTAILS    6 pm                                                                                   Hosted by BLUF/Chicago

MR CHICAGO LEATHER 2018 CONTEST    Doors open 7 pm Contest begins 8 pm at Leather Archives & Museum  6418 North Greenview,   Emcee John Pendal, IML 2003

MCL2018 CONTEST VIEWING PARTY     8 pm                                                                For those without tickets to the contest, watch it on the screens at Touché

PURE VICTORY DANCE      10 pm– 5 am                                                                                DJ   Harry T    Strict leather dress code in Club Room

SUNDAY    Jan 27th   Touché open 11am – 4 am

MCL2018 BRUNCH    11 am – 2 pm                                                                                Andersonville Brewing Company 5402 North Clark Street                                                       full brunch buffet   $15/person

SUNDAY BEER BUST     11 am – 4 am                                                                                        $1 drafts & sodas,  free Chicago Red Hots 3-7pm,  Movie Night 7pm in Club Room

MCL2018 CIGAR SOCIAL     2 – 6 pm                                                                               Hosted by BLUF/Chicago location TBA

LEATHER SHOWTUNES     4 – 9 pm                                                                                    Hosted by The Call Bar    1547 West Bryn Mawr


Mr Chicago Leather 2018 Judges & staff



Ralph Bruneau is International Mister Leather 2017. He competed at IML as Mr. GNI Leather 2016 representing Gay Naturists International, the largest naturist organization in the world. He began his leather journey in 1974 at the legendary Mineshaft in NYC.  

In his first career, he was an actor on Broadway and on television creating the role of Mike Doonesbury in the Broadway musical Doonesbury and appearing on TV in shows from soaps to Seinfeld.  

In the 80s at the height of the AIDS crisis be became a volunteer for the Shanti Foundation as a hospice worker and emotional support volunteer. He then went on to get a Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Bruneau has a sex-positive, kink-positive practice in Los Angeles and has been nationally recognized for his contributions to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy in California. He has taught and lectured about intimacy and sexual expression for over two decades.  

He is actively involved in the campaign to end Conversion Therapy working with NCLR and the #BornPerfect campaign. He is on the founding Board of the Los Angeles Gender Center and a co-team leader for Team Friendly SoCal. He is a proud member of Avatar Club Los Angeles and the Southern California Bondage Club. He flags black, grey and houndstooth on the left.


Joe’s leather journey began with his first visit to the Twin Cities Leather contest in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2016. Since then, he has become an active member in the leather community, working with groups such as Mr. Friendly, ICON Detroit Leather Club, and CLAW Nation. Joe is a Cosmetic Executive by day and Kinky Mother Fucker in the leather community. Joe is happily partnered to his boy Lance and when he’s not traveling for work or attending leather events you can find him sipping a glass of bourbon and watching a movie. Joe flags red, yellow and houndstooth on the left. Joe is proud to have represented Mr. ICON Detroit Leather at IML 39 and wishes the class of IML 40 the best of luck. Joe is thrilled and honored to be a judge in this year’s Mr. Chicago Leather contest and wishes all the contestants the best of luck.

Freddy MirandawFREDDY MIRANDA Mr Illinois Bear 2017

Freddy Miranda is a born and raised Chicago native. He is the current reigning Mr. Illinois Bear 2017. He professionally works in HR and Operations with an emphasis on Nonprofits and Mission based work. He has been recognized at the national level as a Changemaker by Public Allies an Americorp program. He is single and lives in the South Loop of Chicago with his dog Thor. He is the youngest of 5 boys and often tells the story that he was his mother’s last attempt at a girl and blames her for turning out so fabulous. He is an active member of the leather and kink community as a full Brother in ONYX and an associate in Titans of the Midwest. He is an active participant in social justice and community activism strongly believing in the power of collective organizing and servant leadership. He currently volunteers with such organizations as the Broadway Youth Center, the Ruben Salazar Bilingual Center, Public Allies Chicago, Latino Union of Chicago and is a co-coordinator of the Chicago Community Leather Outreach.

Pup LinkDJ “PUP LINK” STEELE  Mr Midwest Rubber 2017

My name is Link, current Mr Midwest Rubber 2017, looking forward to the coming year for our next Mr. Chicago Leather! I came into the active community 5 years ago, peaking in Chicago to find my apex soon after accepting pup play in my life. I have mentored pups and handlers in their fetish journey, taught with the Titans of the Midwest, and volunteered at many events and organizations including the Chicago Puppy Patrol, Mr. Friendly, and C.L.A.W. and looking forward to seeing all of the contestants this coming weekend.

DaddyGwGERALD “DADDY G” CERNAK  Mr Chicago Leather 2017

Gerald “Daddy G” Cernak, Mr. Chicago Leather 2017 is a proud Chicago native who’s been actively involved in the local leather and kink community for the past 10 years. He’s a self-described “volunteera-holic” who has 20 years under his belt and an estimated 800 hours of volunteer time in the last 3 years with such organizations as the Chicago Leather Community Outreach (volunteer coordinator), Center on Halsted (prior volunteer of the year), Equality Illinois, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Mr. Friendly and helped raise over $30,000 as a member of Team Touché benefitting TPAN’s ride for AIDS and over $10,000 for many others. He’s a full member and current Illinois representative of the Titans of the Midwest and prior executive board member, a member of the Chicago Band of Brothers, Associate member of Blue Max St. Louis Leather Club and the LA&M.

He’s also honored to have been named Saint VPL, Patron Saint of Boys in Grey Sweats by the The Windy City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for outstanding service to the Leather/LGBTQ Communities.

Daddy G is proud to have represented Chicago’s Leather and Kink Community as MCL 2017 at IML39. He continues his message of recognizing and shining a light on volunteers who keep LGBTQ and community service organizations afloat and serving vulnerable populations. He believes volunteering is a form of activism.

He lives in Chicago’s Rogers park neighborhood with his partner of 3 years, Jeffrey, an active member in the rubber and latex community and a prior Mr. International Rubber. Their relationship proves that leather and rubber do go great together, just not in the same closet.


2015 09 05bJOHN PENDAL International Mr Leather 2003





ThibTHIB GUICHERD-CALLIN  Mr Santa Clara County Leather 2012






Stephen Turchin has been a part of Chicago’s Leather and Rubber communities for 5 years. He is a member of the House of Leatherganza, Mama’s Family – proudly claiming the title of Mama’s Corset Bitch, and a member of LORE – a club for sober Leathermen that promotes shame-free sex positivity. Since 2013, Stephen has produced Chicago’s annual Heaven or Hell Party, raising over $7,400 for CLAW Nation.

His interests includes bondage, electricity, sleepsack,  flogging, sounding and mummification. He is passionate about cooking and has a degree in culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu Chicago. He lives in Edgewater with his husband Daddy Jeff Willoughby, his partner of close to six years, and with Gigi, their Miniature Pinscher. 

Isaac Emerson PhotoISSAC EMERSON  Mr Tri-State Leather 2017

Isaac has been with the community for a decade now. He believes in good sex, rough kink, and fellowship. You’ll find him popping up at your events, offering help at your charity, or perhaps playing video games with his husband. Recently moved to Chicago after nine years in Indianapolis, he is excited to get out and enjoy the city.









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5 Responses to MR CHICAGO LEATHER 2018

  1. luv says:

    Come on guys…i see not sex photos, no back patio photos, and you want me to drive that far? At least show me what kinda of fun i will have if i go in… maybe temp glory holes or ??? just something…. my email says it all…and i luv cameras rolling…but i aint driving that far…. ok.. just a suggestion….put some suggestive photos… so at least we can see what we may enjoy if we go!

    • Touché says:

      Hey dude,
      no cameras here. Just a fun bunch of guys having a drink together. don’t know hw far away you have to drive but we have many regulars that drive into town to enjoy an evening here at the bar. If you want to meet so great guys and chat a bit, come join us. If you’re looking for just sex, try Man’s Country or Steamworks.

  2. Mark Hill says:

    is there a day or days i can come and visit in my levis i dont have black leather just yet except a jacket its more dressy casual type

    • Touché says:

      Hello Mark,
      You are welcome to visit Touché any day, we welcome all in leather or not. We enforce a leather/fetish gear dress code for just the Club Room on the third Saturday of each month for our Gear Night. A man in boots, jeans and a t-shirt can be pretty damn hot without leather. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

  3. Leo Gussler says:

    2016 marked was the first live webcast from LA M. It was sent to Touché for the overflow crowd to enjoy the contest at the bar. The webcast was made possible by Touché and

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