The best things to do for IML weekend in Chicago

International Mr. Leather (IML) welcomes the leather and fetish world to Chicago annually as part of Memorial Day weekend.

IML draws nearly 20,000 attendees to downtown Chicago for a celebration of everything leather and fetish. The five days (May 25-29, 2023) of non-stop events are hosted at the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave.

Two of the weekend's biggest and most highly anticipated events are the Victory Party and Black and Blue Ball, the annual circuit-type parties that bring contestants, winners, and IML revelers together to shake, sweat and dance it out.