The cultural shift within the leather community in Chicago

By Faith Berwick and Rebecca Laubs

Editors Note: The following is not safe for work, this article includes explicit content that is not suitable for readers under the age of 18.

Hidden away just minutes from the Loyola Red Line stop is the Leather Archives & Museum.

Founded by Chuck Renslow in 1991 in a location that was once a Synagogue, the historic, kink museum is based on Chicago’s first leather gay bar, the Gold Coast, at 501 N. Clark.

The museum is a library, museum and archival collection pertaining to leather, fetishism, sadomasochism, and alternative sexual practices. Recently, the LA&M Board adopted a new mission statement designed to set the focus and priorities of the Rogers Park community.

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