Chicago Area BDSM ResourcesTNGC: The Next Generation Chicago says about itself: "TNGC is a Chicago based pansexual Support / Education / Discussion / Social group for people age 18-35 who are interested in BDSM." This is a great local resource, especially for those new to the scene, and serves as a gateway to the larger Chicago-wide community.
Leather Archives & Museum: Its mission statement is "The compilation, preservation and maintenance of leather lifestyle and related lifestyles [including but not limited to the Gay and Lesbian communities], history, archives and memorabilia for historical, educational and research purposes." A museum and an educational resource.
Galleria Domain 2: "Center For Expressive Roleplay." A members-only club which provides equipment and spaces where people have kinky fun. Also hosts Newcomer's Socials and demos.
LRA: "LRA is committed to providing a gathering place for like-minded individuals who are dedicated to the celebration of alternative lifestyles, welcoming all genders and orientations."
Online Resources and Discussion ListsFetLife: A social networking site for kinky people.
Adult Rope Art: An email-based discussion group for pretty much anything related to rope bondage. It gets a lot of traffic (on the order of 300 posts/month).
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom: From its website: "The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is a national organization committed to creating a political, legal, and social environment in the United States that advances equal rights of consenting adults who practice forms of alternative sexual expression. NCSF is primarily focused on the rights of consenting adults in the SM-leather-fetish, swing, and polyamory communities, who often face discrimination because of their sexual expression."