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[PHOTOS] Leather lovers show there’s nothing to hide at IML

A daddy and his son pose for the camera. Both are shitless and wearing harnesses and jockstraps.
Every daddy needs a son dressed in chainmail.

The International Mr. Leather convention returned to the Windy City from May 23-27, 2024, drawing people from around the world. Activities surrounding the popular exposition included a major competition, various dance parties, and a leather market held at the Congress Plaza Hotel in Downtown Chicago.

Leather enthusiasts had nothing to hide as they wore a wide range of fashion items as they explored three floors of products and services offered by vendors each afternoon. 

Guests could partake in libations from remote bars throughout the venue and, if they were Bootblack fans, possibly enjoy a shoeshine.  

It wasn’t just fun and games, though. There were also supportive opportunities scheduled over the weekend, such as multiple recovery meetings, religious gatherings, and Howard Brown Health at a table within the market to assist with health resource information. The planned programming began Thursday at the Leather Archives & Museum for a kinky history lesson that rolled into the official IML opening ceremony at the host hotel at night. 

Informative classes and fetish groups were sprinkled throughout the calendar found in the official guidebook. 

On Sunday, the official contest took place at the McCormick Place Skyline Ballroom, and the IML Victory Celebration had folks grooving to DJs at the Concord Music Hall in Bucktown. 

On Monday, the winners of IML met with premium package holders at a private reception, and a Black and Blue Ball at Chop Shop in Wicker Park finished the holiday festivities with a bang. 

Of course, GayCities was at the expo to take photos. Check out the slideshow for some of the best looks.

Two shirtless bears strike a muscle pose at IML.
Shirtless and fierce
Three Sister of Perpetual Indulgence pose for the camera.
Three Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence pose for the camera.
A multiracial group of 8 men pose for the camera with bags emblazoned with a leather flag.
They -almost- had matching accessories. One of them is a standout.
Four young men pose for the camera.
IML attendees were all ages, but these four young men were having the time of their lives.
Two shirtless bears pose with cocktails in the hallway of IML.
Bottoms up?
A woman dressed as a witch and wearing a sash that says "North American Mama Bear" stands next to an admirer.
Meet the North American Mama Bear.
Three men in tight tank tops pose for the camera in a hotel hallway. The shirts say "PIG"
Being a pig was welcome at IML – as you can see from their admirer.
A man wearing a flannel shirts and ballcap poses next to a man dressed in a leather clown outfit.
Attendees weren’t clowning around at IML.
Three men pose for the camera at a booth for IML.
They may be working a booth, but they were werking it.
Four men and two women pose for teh camera in a variety of outfits.
From naughty to normal, the outfits spanned the gamut – and so did the genders.
Four men wearing all black pose in front of a banner for a boot company.
Save a horse. Ride a cowboy.
Two men, one wearing a Mario hat and the other a leather vest, pose for the camera.
Did Mario find his Luigi?
Three men pose for the camera at IML.
The smiles say it all.
A man and a woman pose for the camera behind a booth at the International Mister Leather conference.
IML was full of booths with information and products.

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