Ready? The first BIG weekend of the year is here. This weekend we will select the next man to bear the title of Mr Chicago Leather 2017 and represent Touché and our leather community at IML in May. There’s lots of parties and activities on the schedule plus several out of town guests to help us in the process.
Before getting into all that, I want to quickly remind all that the contest is open to leathermen from across the metro area. The winner receives tons of prizes, competes at IML and represents Chicago’s fetish community throughout the year. (Our 40th so it will be a very special year to be MCL) You have until 8pm Friday to submit your contestant application at the bar. Earlier would be helpful.
The contest will sell out. We moved the contest to the LA&M a couple of years ago only to sell out that space too. Get your tickets early, they are on sale at the bar right now. You have a couple more days to order a weekend page on Brown Paper Tickets.
But not to sweat! We have been working very hard to make sure that more people get to watch the contest, right here at Touché. It will be webcast live here at the bar. You can see and hear everything happening at the LA&M on our screens and be there when the winner is announced. (not to mention already here when the crowd heads back for the victory party) The best news, there’s no charge to watch it here.
Now on the full schedule beginning with Thursday night.
Start the night by stopping by Full Kit Gear after work. They are celebrating their second year for the Chicago store and invite everyone to come by for some champagne and nosh. You can wish Chip & Joe congrates and maybe pick up a something new to wear this weekend.
MCL 2017 activites at the bar kick off with our Registration table up and running at 8pm. If you ordered a weekend package you can pick up your stuff before the craziness of the weekend begins. Remaining contest tickets, brunch tickets and MCL2017 t-shirts will be offered as well. There are a few out of towners arriving this day, so fresh meat may be available, too.
Friday finds us kicking into high gear for the remainder of the weekend. Registration will open at 6pm and should be a hot spot as folks get into town. The official Welcome Party gets underway at 10pm. We are so honored to have John Pendal IML2003 coming in all the way form London to host the weekend. This marks John’s 14 straight year hosting the contest, we can’t imagine doing it without him.
John will introduce the contestants and the judges that will make the ultimate decision on Saturday. We are pleased to have International Mr Leather 2016 David “Tigger” Bailey serving on the panel along with Eric Masters Mr 501 Eagle 2016, Mr Midwest Rubber 2016 Pup Icarus, American Leatherwoman 1997 & IMsL Bootblack 1999 Leslie Anderson and our current MCL 2016 Todd Harris.
Once the formalities are done, we’ll set the stage for the Roast of Todd Harris. An other returning friend is Mr Santa Clara County Leather 2012 Thib Guicherd-Callin to act as our Roast Master. Thib has done an outstanding job roast some of our previous MCL’s and we are confident Todd will be properly “done” this evening.
I hope you are rested as Saturday begins bright and early with Leather Eye Openers at 11am. You want to make sure you are ready for fun day at Touché. We host another FETISH FLEA MARKET from noon till 4pm. I’ve warned you to clear out that closet and toy box of old gear you no longer use. We will set out tables so you can display your items to the crowd of shoppers and make a few deals. There’s no charge to participate.
There will be shoppers because the Titans of the Midwest will be hosting another session of KINK U at the same time here at Touché. They will present three sessions, details of which will be posted at the registration table and around the bar beginning Thursday. Check them out, there may be at least one or two you might want to attend. KINK U is presented free of charge, too.
A quick bite and change, be back here for the Pre-Contest Cocktail Party hosted by BLUF/Chicago which begins at 6pm. They BLUF crew will have a special drink to share while you wait to gather with your friends before the contest begins.
The doors at the Leather Archives & Museum will open at 7pm with the contest getting underway promptly at 8pm. Again if you didn’t get a ticket to watch it in person, you can see it all on our screens at the bar. After the winner is announced the party really begin.
We will celebrate our new Mr Chicago Leather 2017 at the bar. We’ll start the Victory Party at 10pm just so you can be here when the winner is announced. Then we’ll turn things over to our monster DJ Harry T to kick up the energy as folks head back from the LA&M. We’ll introduce the winner to the crowd at the bar and host a special raffle for his travel fund for the coming year.
As this will be a heavy duty leather night, there will be a strict gear dress code for entry to the Club Room. Get it on guys and come ready to have fun into the wee hours of the morning.
No stopping us now, as we start a Sunday/Funday with the MCL Leather Brunch at the Andersonville Brewing Company down Clark Street. A hearty full breakfast buffet will be offered from 11am till 2pm. Pick up a brunch ticket at the registration table or pay at the door, you won’t want to miss a good meal to get the day started.
After brunch, there’s plenty more scheduled for Sunday. Touché will open at noon for our Sunday Beer Bust, serving up drafts of Bud & Bud Light, sodas and Pucker shots for just a buck all day! There are behind the scenes tours of both the LA&M and the Gerber/Hart Library between 2-4pm. You need to sign up early for these tours at the registration table. This is the first time for this event and space is limited.
At 4pm , The Call Bar on Bryn Mawr will host Leather ShowTunes for the crowd. Grab a drink and enjoy songs and dancing from your favorite movie and stage musicals. Go ahead and let your leather hair down for a bit.
BLUF/Chicago will be hosting a Cigar Social at Blue Havana beginning at 6:30pm. Sit back and enjoy a good cigar and drink with fellow leatherfollk. Of course the shop has plenty of cigars to choose from with a huge humidor stuff with choices from around the world.
Of course you’ve got to head back up to Touché to cap off your weekend. The Club Room opens at 6pm for our Sunday Movie Night at 7pm. This week is a mystery, oooh. Hopefully you can figure out who dunnit before someone does you. That Beer Bust is still going, too.
Now if that is not enough to satisfy you, come back next week and we’ll do it some more with M.A.F.I.A., the Great Lakes Bears and the Super Bowl! Oops, can’t say that, the Super Game next Sunday, you know the north-south game.
Got tons of work to wrap up before the s*** hits the fan. Can’t wait to see who will be our next Mr Chicago Leather. Join us and find out.