January thaw or not, this will be THE weekend of this winter at Touché.  This is the weekend we will determine just who will be Mr Chicago Leather 2018.  You know the bar will be packed with lots of leatherfolk coming to town, so gear up and join us.

I have mentioned it in my past few emails, there is a separate page on our website detailing the weekend, so you should all know about the weekend.


Just in case you missed all that hype, the big contest will be held on Saturday January 27th at the Leather Archives & Museum, just a block east of the bar.  The doors will open there at 7pm with the contest getting underway at 8pm.

For our hearing impaired friends there will be a sign language interpreter at the contest on Saturday and during the introductions and roast on Friday.

Tickets for the contest are $35 which includes 2 beverage tickets (there will be service of sodas,. water, beer and cocktails)

There is a full weekend of activities surrounding the contest, Welcome Party and Roast of Mr Chicago Leather 2017 Daddy G on Friday.  Saturday is packed beginning with Leather Eye Openers provided by The Kitchen Sink, a Fetish Flea Market from noon to 4pm, a KINK U presented by The Titans of the Midwest, Pre-Contest Cocktails at 6pm hosted by BLUF/Chicago at the bar  and the big contest at 8pm.  Once the new Mr Chicago Leather 2018 is named, it’s back to Touché for the PURE (as in pure leather) Victory Party.  There will be a strict dress code for entry to the Club Room this night.

Sunday begins with the MCL Leather Brunch at Andersonville Brewing Company, exclusive “behind the scenes” tours of both the LA&M and Gerber/Hart Library that afternoon.  Touché will host our Sunday Beer Bust and Movie Night while The Call host “Leather Showtunes” beginning at 4pm.

We are also offering a weekend package that includes the contest admission ticket, Sunday’s brunch, drink tickets for all the cocktail parties, a MCL2018 t-shirt and more for just $75.  If you plan to attend most of the events, it’s to your advantage to get the package deal.

Those of you that have ordered a weekend package through Brown Paper Tickets can pick up your weekend package of goodies at registration.  Those looking to purchase weekend packages or individual contest and brunch tickets as well as MCL2018 t-shirts can do that during our registration hours listed below:

Thursday   7pm – midnight

Friday  5pm – 11pm

Saturday  noon – 4pm

Reminder that the contest has sold out since we moved the contest from the bar to the LA&M, so if you want to have a seat for the contest, you should get your tickets quickly  (you still have till Friday to purchase the weekend package online thru BPT)

If you fail to get a ticket to the contest, you can still watch remotely here at Touché.  It will be screened on our monitors in the bar.  contest starts at 8pm.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are honored to have our current International Mr Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau joining us to serve on our judging panel this year.  As IML2017, Ralph has a pretty busy schedule taking him all over and we are glad to have him join us this year.

Along with Ralph, we have Mr ICON Detroit 2017 Joe Dinello, Freddy Miranda Illinois Bear 2017, Mr Midwest Rubber 2017 Pup Link and Mr Chicago Leather 2017 Gerald “Daddy G” Cernak.  There will be a roast of Daddy G on Friday hosted by Thib Guicherd-Callin Mr Santa Clara County Leather 2012.

2015 09 05bComing back to Chicago all the way from London, England for his 15th time as our contest emcee is John Pendal.

John was named Mr Chicago Leather in 2003 and has been our host ever year since 2004.  After his year as IML, john went on to launch a career as a stand up comic.  He travels and performs across the UK and abroad.  His comic wit makes our contest loads of fun. Each year he manages to involve some audience members in a hilarious onstage contest with treats from the UK.

The winner of Mr Chicago Leather 2018 will receive over $2,500 in prizes as we have had many new donations to our prize fund.  At this time prizes have been received from Touché, Leather 64TEN, Full Kit Gear, Caliber Leather & Charles Cole Design, Leather Works, Stompers Books and Northbound Leather.  Mr Chicago Leather 2018 will also receive weekend registration/package for IML, CLAW, Mr Michigan Leather, Mr ICON Detroit, Mr Wisconsin Leather, Mr Iowa Leather and Mr Tri-State Leather at the time I draft this post.  There is a team of former MCL helping put this weekend together and they may have additional prizes to add to this list.

A quick word on the Leather Fetish Flea Market, as I am getting inquiries about this event.  The Flea Market will be held on Saturday, January 27th from noon – 4pm at Touché.  We will set out tables for folks to display their gear for sale or trade.  There is no fee to participate.  We always get more shoppers than sellers, so clear out the back of your closet and bring it in and make a deal.  The KINK U runs at the same time, so there are lots of folks in the house this afternoon ready to shop between “class”.

There’s probably more I could go on about this weekend, but the bottom line is this:

Get in your leather or fetish gear and get your ass in here for the biggest, badass fun time to be had in Chicago this winter.  Oh and get your package or tickets, too.


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