Illinois Leather Contest Weekend Schedule

It’s that time again, the Illinois Leather Contests is happening this weekend! March 17-18th. You do not want to miss this!

Fri (Mar 16)
10:30pm – 1am: Meet/Greet at Touché with the contestants and judges – MC’d by Angie and Dean Ogren. Some auctions of titleholder basket items.

Sat (Mar 17)
11:30am – 12:00pm – Eye openers (Touché)
12:00pm – 2:30pm – Interviews with the contestants – OPEN to the public (Touché)
2:00pm – 4:00pm – Pup/Trainer Classes at Cell Block (Taught by Sir Nate & Pup Cyon)
2:30pm – 4:30pm – Leather/BDSM Classes at Touché (Taught by Slade and TJ Howard)
4:00pm – 5:30pm – Pup/Trainer Shown Presentations at Cell Block
6:30pm – Doors open at Center on Halsted for Contest Night
7pm – 11:00pm – Illinois Leather Contest Night at Center on Halsted – MC’d by Nick Elliot!
11:00pm – Victory Party at Touché



Predicament Bondage by Slade
You’ll be familiar with the saying “choosing between a rock and a hard place”. Predicament bondage is an evil game that leaves the bottom with (usually) two choices, which they’re forced to choose between. Both choices have unpleasant outcomes, but there’s no way out. They have to choose option A or option B, or switch back and forth between the two.The most common form of predicament bondage is a choice between muscle strain and some kind of pain involving sensitive parts of the body (by which I mean nipples and genitals), but if you are truly twisted you may be able to come up with other imaginative dilemmas. Obviously predicament bondage involves bondage, but there tends to be a strong element of sadomasochism in it too. Whatever the choices made, there’s usually some pain involved.

Impact Play 101 by TJ Howard
Impact play can range for playful slaps and pressure play to erotic floggings, spanking, punching. It can be a tool in various different scenes or a scene unto itself. Impact Play 101 will work to show the safety parameters for RACK based impact play along with how to work it into some scenes. We will cover most of the basic tools and allow participants to use the tools themselves on willing partners. This class is open to everyone regardless of gender expression, sex, and sexual orientation.


Puppy 204: Fostering Inclusion in the Pup Community by Sir Nate
This class focuses on awareness of diversity in the pup community and providing strategies for inclusion. We will highlight tips on sharing space, reaching out to underrepresented groups, physical barriers to inclusion, event planning, and more! We will also discuss how to navigate feeling left out and engage in constructive self-advocacy. This class will be a discussion format class and we highly encourage attendee participation.

Puppy 242: Collaring and Pack Dynamics by Sir Nate
This is a class for those interested in learning more about the process of collaring and being part of a pack. We will discuss how the process varies and the importance of communicating expectations between all parties involved in the process. We will also delve into puppy family structure, the intersectionality of packs and leather families, and strategies for dealing with conflict and changes in personal situations. This class will be a discussion format class and we highly encourage attendee participation.

ILA announces Illinois Person of Leather title

January 10, 2018

Illinois Leather Alliance is pleased to announce the addition of the Illinois Person of Leather title to their contest night, on March 17th, 2018.

“Many of our titles are very specific in their requirements based on gender, sexuality or relationship mode.” said Michael Shorten, Executive Producer of ILA. “We have been looking for an opportunity to give to leather folks in our community who may not fit those specific titles, but feel called to be a titleholder.”

The Illinois Person of Leather contest is open to anyone of the leather community, no matter gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. The Person of Leather title focuses on what it means to be a member of a diverse Leather community, rather than focusing on one specific segment. It allows the titleholder to get involved in the way that they are called. It provides a huge opportunity for people who might not qualify for a focused title, but they feel that they have something to do or say within the leather community.

The person awarded the Illinois Person of Leather title has an opportunity to compete at the Great Lakes Person of Leather contest, which was recently announced as part of the Great Lakes Leather Alliance weekend in 2018. From GLLA, the Great Lakes Person of Leather can compete at the International Person of Leather contest, held at the “Sin in the City” event in Las Vegas, in February.

Applications and title information are now available at the Illinois Leather Alliance website:

The Illinois Leather Contest weekend will start with a Meet & Greet on Friday, March 16th at 10pm at it’s traditional location – Touché – known as “Chicago’s Leather Bar Since 1977.” The Contest will continue on Saturday, March 17th, with interviews at Touché starting at noon – open to the public. Demos will be held throughout the day as well. In the evening, the formal contest will be held, including speeches, fantasies and entertainment. For more information on the weekend, visit the ILA Facebook page or Website.

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Chicago Hellfire Club sponsors ILA at the Leather Archives & Museum

February 16, 2017

Illinois Leather Alliance is pleased to announce that the Chicago Hellfire Club has sponsored the cost of the Leather Archives & Musuem (LA&M) as the venue for the Illinois Leather Contest night, on March 18th, 2017.

“We are very grateful that the Hellfire Club is willing to support local contests and we’re very happy to start a relationship with an icon of the Chicago and worldwide leather community.” said Michael Shorten, Executive Producer of ILA. “Because of their generosity and support, we can continue to offer the contest for free at the LA&M, so that everyone from our leather, kink and fetish communities can come celebrate with us.”

The Illinois Leather Contest provides titles for for Illinois Leather Sir, Illinois Leather boy, Illinois Ms. Leather Pride, Illinois Bootblack, Illinois Master/slave and Illinois Puppy/Trainer. Many of the contests are feeders into the Great Lakes regional contests, held during Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA) Weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana. From GLLA, winners compete in International contests for their title.

The Illinois Leather Contest weekend will start with a Meet & Greet on Friday, March 17th at 10pm at it’s traditional location – Touché – known as “Chicago’s Leather Bar Since 1977.” The Contest will continue on Saturday with interviews at Touché starting at noon – open to the public. Demos will be held throughout the day as well. For more information on the weekend, visit the ILA Facebook page or Website, which will have the latest information and schedule up shortly.

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Presenting our 2016 Illinois Titleholders!

It gives us great pleasure to present to you our 2016 Illinois Leather Alliance titleholders!


IL Trainer – Sir Krystoff
IL Puppy – Pup Scout
IL Ms Leather Pride – Sarah Sloane
IL Leather Sir – Sir Shadi
First runner-up for Leather Sir – Sir Tom

(left to right in photo)

We were so amazed by the love and energy of everyone who competed this weekend. You are ALL part of the ILA family!

Thank you to our sponsors Karen Ultra and High Moo Productions, our friends who supported us, Touche Chicago. Boi Magazine, Jackhammer, Abraided Leather, Full Kit Gear, Rachel, Empress Diamond Yaki and the Windy City Imperial Court. Squire Lisa, Chicago Leather Club, Miguel Torres, Phil Redmond, Sir G. Without your support and assistance, this would not have happened.

And to our wonderful Judges, staff and volunteers, and to our Directors Sir Justin and Tork, thank you for what you do. This was your night as much as the contestants. You did this! And we are so grateful.

You can see more photos and recaps on our Facebook page:

(Photo by Christine Court)

TONIGHT! ILA Contest Weekend Begins!

All that we’ve been working towards starts tonight! The fun will start tonight after 9:30 at Touché Chicago – hot contestants, great MC, auction items you don’t want to miss and a whole of hot and sexy leather people! You have to be there!


One other note: Our MC for this weekend, Karen Ultra, will unfortunately not be able to join us. We want to wish our Leather Aunt to Get Well Soon! We love you and want you around a long time to give us hell! We are VERY THRILLED to announce that someone wonderful has stepped up to the podium to help us in our inaugural ILA event… International Mr. Leather 2012 – Woody Woodruff! Thank you Woody!

Contest weekend is almost here!

We can’t believe it! Only 3 more days till our inaugural event! So let’s meet our HOT contestants!  Check back this week as we reveal additional contestants!


Tom Wray - Sir 1BSir Tom

Tom Wray is 41 years old and lives in Chicago with his husband of 9 years, Jeff Woods. By day he works in content development. By night, he covers kink and leather events for the Great Lakes Den and Windy City Banner.

His fetishes include fisting, paddling, puppy play, CBT, cigars, bondage and torturing with pleasure. He is usually top but has been known to put his legs in the air on occasion. He is also a TV, movie and book science fiction geek and has been known to identify musicals within the first four notes.

ShadiBeidas_HeadshotSir Shadi

A relative newcomer to the scene, Shadi Beidas, 34, has held an interest in leather for the bulk of his adult life. He entered the formal scene in 2015 with a run for Mr. Chicago Leather. A goofball of sorts, he flexes his virtual intellectual muscles far more often than his actual biceps.

Volunteering in establishing gay social activities in the western suburbs has become a passion of his as of late, and you can also find him kicking his heels up with the ChiTown Squares.


SarahSarah Sloane

Sarah Sloane is a leatherwoman from Chicago, IL. She has been active in the Leather and BDSM communities since 1998, and has been honored to serve as an organizer, volunteer, and educator throughout the years. She also writes and speaks on sexuality, gender, and pleasure to a diverse range of organizations, institutions, and events.

When not rabble-rousing, she knits, lifts weights, reads voraciously, and plays as much as she can get away with. She shares her life with her leather family, her boy, her other partners, and her teddy bear, Stuart.


PupScoutPup Scout

Pup Scout is an active member of the Chicago, regional and national puppy and handler community. Identifying as a Husky and an Alpha pup, Pup Scout gets much satisfaction from nurturing and helping other pups and trainers.

He is co-founder of the Inter-Fetish Coalition of Suicide Prevention and Awareness (IFCSPA) and has spoken in many venues and online forums about suicide prevention, including the Jackhammer Complex, Cellblock Chicago and ABDL Cams as a moderator. Pup Scout is the 2014 holder of International Best in Show (Bill “Trooper” Boyd memorial award) from the International Puppy Club. He loves playing video games and practices Krav Maga.


12202464_10154570669074688_1909495262_n (1)Sir Kristoff

Sir Kristoff is first generation Polish descent born and raised in Chicago, fluent in Polish. He has a bachelors in art history and religion, and is currently in grad school for software engineering. He works as a freelance designer and during his free time he explores his kinky side

As a handler, he enjoys offering attention, compassion, and obedience with pup training. His goal, should he win the title, is to be a positive influence to those he trains and create a healthy environment for future trainers and pup/dogs.

A community effort – helping our contest weekend

On behalf of all of us at the Illinois Leather Alliance, we want to send out a big THANK YOU  so much for coming out last night, having a ton of fun and celebrating 2016 kicking off in fine fashion. With your support, we raised over $500 for the TV raffle, jello shots and bootblacking. All that money immediately goes to making some great patches and sashes for the first ILA contest weekend in March and getting us ready for a great contest!

Thank you to David and everyone at Touché Chicago and to the Chicago Band of Brothers for their support and help in making this night happen. We are so grateful.

On Jan 10th, join us at Touché Chicago for a “So You Want to be a Titleholder” panel discussion with other Mr. Chicago Leather and Illinois Leather titleholders. Details can be found here.

Exciting news about pup/trainer directors and contest location from ILA!

The producers of ILA have been working hard this autumn and we have lots of exciting news to share with you today!

First exciting news, ILA is thrilled to announce that due to the generous sponsorship from the wonderful Karen Ultra-domme, ILA will be having our main contest night at the Leather Archives & Museum. Karen Ultra-domme has also agreed to being roped into our M/C for the weekend, bringing her brand of wit, comedy and leather service to our stage, as well as her FABULOUS outfits.

Second bit of excitement is ILA is also pleased to announce that Sir Justin and Justin/Pup Tork have agreed to become the directors of the Puppy/Trainer contests during the ILA Illinois Leather contests. ILA is thrilled to have two wonderful men who’ve been such great representatives of the International, regional and local pup/trainer community. I can’t wait to see what they will come up with for our March contest weekend!

Save the date ! Illinois Leather Alliance contest weekend is on March 18th and 19th. Meet/Greet will be on Friday at Touché Chicago and the Contest Night will be held at the Leather Archives & Museum on Saturday night!

ILA announces judges and MC for March 2016 contests


August 30th, 2015

Illinois Leather Alliance (ILA) Announces Judges for March 2016 contests

The Executive Producers are pleased to announce the Judging Panel for the inaugural Illinois Leather Alliance contests, to be held March 18th and 19th 2016 at Touché Chicago.

Your 2016 judges panel is:

Ms. Constance – Head Judge – Producer of Bluegrass Leather contests, Great Lakes Master 2003
Chuck Braidwood – Mr. Michigan Leather 2014
Ms. Brenda – Great Lakes Master 2014
Marta – Great Lakes Bootblack 2014
Tim Hotchkin – Great Lakes boy 2014

We are thrilled to have such a wonderful panel of judges, who are all state and regional titleholders in the Great Lakes, as well as being very active in the Great Lakes leather community.

We are also very excited to announce the MC of our contest is none other than the fabulous Karen Ultra-Domme! Karen will be joining us to light up the stage and entertain us with her flair, wit and charm like nobody else can!

Come join us on March 18th and 19th at Touché Chicago where we’re bringing sexy and fun back to the stage to see who will represent Illinois and Leather for the year! If you want to step up and shine, if you want to have the opportunity for a life-changing experience, we want you as a contestant! Information on the contest and weekend can be found at our website at

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