In loving memory ofChuck Renslow ✧1929 - ✟2017

Early Days

Chuck Renlow

Chuck Renslow and singer Sylvester

Chuck Renslow

Chuck Renslow 70s


Chuck Renslow on his motorcycle at Touche Bar in Chicago.

Chuck Renslow

Grace Jones and Chuck Renslow at the CenterStage

Chuck Renslow

Chuck Renslow and the two winners of Mr. Man's Country Chicago 1985


Chuck speech IML

International Mr Leather

International Mister Leather (IML) is an international, though largely American, conference and contest of leathermen held annually in May since 1979 in Chicago, Illinois.
The International Mister Leather conference is a multi-day and activity event to recognize International Mister Leather. Shared interest events, such as speakers, socials, themed dance parties and a leather market are part of ways in which the competitors become known to the evaluating committee and enthusiasts, including the BDSM community, can share in the experience.


Gay Pride

Gay Rights

Chuck Renslow at a Gay March in Washington, DC 1970

Gay Pride 1976

Chicago Eagle

Chicago Eagle Staff

Chicago Eagle staff back in the day, don't you miss the good old days?


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For more videos about Chuck Renslow, please visit The Leather Archives & Museum YouTube page.

Family & Friends

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The Final White Party

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  •  The Metro Chicago

    The Metro Chicago

I want to thank the thousands of people who responded to the death of Chuck Renslow two weeks ago. Chuck touched many lives in his almost 90 years and hearing from so many of you made our loss easier to handle. Phone calls, emails, texts and posts to the Facebook accounts of IML, the Leather Archives, Windy City Times and many personal pages have made it evident that Chuck both touched and changed a whole lot of lives and that we share our loss with all of you.
Chuck was so many things to so many people it might have been difficult for us to plan his memorial service. Fortunately, Chuck gave us our direction. Beginning in 1974, Chuck and the Renslow Family hosted an annual August White Party where guests dressed in white whether elaborate costume or simple t-shirt. Initially held at home, the White Parties moved to various nightclubs around the city until returning to our home and winding down. The largest, held on Navy Pier, drew 5,000 attendees. In his final few years Chuck just didn't have the energy for large parties but we still celebrated at home.
Therefore, on Sunday, August 27, 2017, the Renslow Family will host its final White Party to celebrate Chuck's life and legacy. We invite you to join us at Metro, 3730 North Clark Street, Chicago. Chuck owned the club in the late 1970's when it was known as Center Stage. A memorial service will begin at 7PM merging into a traditional, old school White Party featuring DJ Jeff Berry, of both Dugan's Bistro and Bistro Too fame.
Once again, thank you all for your support and concern.

Ron Ehemann