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Chicago, Illinois

Private Tour of Chicago’s Leather Archives & Museum

Join us as we explore this intriguing collection dedicated to the compilation, preservation, and maintenance of leather, kink, and fetish lifestyles.

On this hour-long private tour, learn why the Chicago’s Leather Archives & Museum is more than just an assortment of handcuffs, whips, and chains, but how it is treating the history of fetish subculture as a serious movement worth preserving.

This Obscura Day, explore an institution devoted to all manner of niche sexuality, from straight fetishism to LGBT interests of all stripe. The Archives & Museum feature displays of bondage equipment, leather apparel, and the sort of underground artifacts one might expect from a leather museum. There are antique sexual devices as well as a dungeon in the basement complete with a spanking apparatus. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of original work by famed homosexual painter Etienne, as well as several original works by, possibly the most well-known artist in the genre, Tom of Finland. Who knows what you'll discover?


  • Ticket includes museum entrance.
  • Meet Field Agent inside the lobby of the museum.
  • This is a sex museum and visitors must be 18 and older. 
  • Non-flash photography is allowed in the exhibit space.
  • This event is ADA accessible.
  • Parking and directions find more information here.
  • The ticket is non-refundable, but you can transfer your purchase by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.



Field Agent Amy Weber

This event is hosted by Atlas Obscura Field Agent Amy Weber, a dedicated national and international traveler. Amy enjoys the challenge of getting on a plane and letting life just happen. With over 15 solo tours under her belt, she knows the joys of exploration and finding that something extra that makes the experience spectacular. Being grown up means she now is limited to only two weeks of vacation, so exploration around her backyards is her jam.

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