Category: Illinois

News from Illinois bear, leather and kink communities, courtesy of The Illinois Eagle.

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Riverbound June play party on June 23

QUAD CITIES — Riverbound will have their monthly play party on Saturday, June 23. From their Fetlife post: Starting at 7pm on Saturday the 24th, plan to enjoy some play time on our equipment! Riverbound will provide water and snacks, but you may bring your own beverage if desired. Alcohol or recreational drugs are frowned…

Lakeview Munch – Wed. June 6

CHICAGO — The next Lakeview Munch will be on Wednesday, June 6. From the Fetlife post: Come join us at one of the longest running munches in Chicago! Hang out with old friends, meet some new ones and enjoy some great food! The Lakeview Munch is located on Sheffield, just a couple blocks South of…

Chicago Rope Summer Intensive Series: Pedro & Vitrify

CHICAGO — The Chicago Rope Summer Intensive Series will be June 22 through 24 at Outerspace Studios in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. From Chicago Rope’s Fetlife announcement: Chicago Rope’s Summer Intensive Series is back again this June 22-24 with a visit from renowned international rope artist and educator Pedro Cordas! Joining him for this intensive will be Chicago…

CIPx/MAsT: Decatur Recognition Reunion – June 10

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — CIPx/MAsT: Decatur will hold their rescheduled Recognition Reunion on Sunday, June 10. The previous reunion had to be cancelled because of an ice storm that hit central Illinois in February. Invitations sent for the February event are still being honored for this event. From the Fetlife event: This Reunion has been rescheduled…

James Lee wins IML 40, Lucky Rebel wins IMBB

CHICAGO — James Lee, Mr. Kentucky Leather, won International Mr. Leather 40 and Lucky Rebel, Mr. Oregon State Leather 2016, won International Mr. Bootblack 2018 in Chicago on Sunday, May 27. Lee is the first IML to come from Kentucky and an ONYX Great Lakes member. Mr. Friendly SF 2018 Stephen Ferris was second runner-up…

Silent Auction Donations for QPEX Anniversary Party

QUINCY, Ill. — QPEX is holding a silent auction at their anniversary party and is looking for donations. From the Fetlife post: This is a major fundraiser that helps support the group and the services that Mistress_Jackie, LeatherSwtich and the entire QPEX Krewe provide for their community throughout the year. Last year, the silent auction…

LA&M to host trans masculine artist’s reading, May 31

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives & Museum will host HP Lehkonen, a trans-masc artist from Finland, on Thursday, May 31. 

Lehkonen is the author of the Queer Prism Award-winning “Short Gay Stories” from Cow House Press. He will be doing a reading at the LA&M.

The event is free but donations are encouraged. A $5 donation will get an art print and people who donate $10 will get an art print and a goodie bag. All donations go to the LA&M.