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IML 2015 host hotel room block is open

By October 29, 2014

images/club-logos/IML Logo 225.jpgThe IML host Congress Plaza Hotel began accepting reservations for International Mr. Leather recently. International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack will be May 22-25 with Opening Ceremonies on Friday night, May 22 and the contest on Sunday, May 24. The block is open from May 19-28.

The Congress Hotel has the same lobby and logo as it did when it played host to IML in the early 1990s, but it has been remodeled in a huge way. Rooms are wifi accessible, there is a steak house and a regular restaurant.

So many Leatherfolk loved the Congress for the lobby and a variety of nooks and crannies. Of all of the IML lobbies, the ones at the Congress and Palmer House seem to get the most likes for Leather/Fetish, Rubber/Gearfolk and other kinksters.

Regular rooms are $169 per night and Lake View king beds are $189 and there is a limited number of these, so book now if you want to see the huge fountain, Grant Park and Lake Michigan. The Leather Journal has been there before and recommends the Lake View.

There are suites, limited in number, that served as apartments back in the day. We did not check prices.


Located at the corner of Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue, 520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605, the Congress Plaza Hotel is situated adjacent to Grant Park. The iconic Buckingham Fountain and Lincoln Statue are just steps away while Millennium Park and Lurie Garden adjoin Grant Park.

The Congress Plaza Hotel boasts 871 guest rooms and suites and being built in an era when it was fashionable to live in a hotel, the unique room configurations are unlike modern cookie-cutter chain hotels. Though times have changed since the Congress was originally built, the property has retained its character by blending the old with the new.

From the IML web site take a look at the hotel. There is a mini video which shows the lobby has not lost its luster and that the rooms have been remodeled.

One can reserve a room through the IML web site, http://www.imrl.com or by phoning the Congress Hotel at (312) 427-3800.

There is a three-night minimum stay and reservations required a one night deposit and cancellations must be made at least 72 hours in advance. One's credit card will be charged upon making a reservation.