Market Days Recap | Music Festival | Summer Street Fest | Things to Do | Events | Chicago | Lakeview | North Halsted
The 39th Northalsted Market Days on August 6, 7 and 8, was an amazing opportunity for Chicagoans and visitors to come together for a much needed communal celebration, particularly for LGBTQ+ and allied communities, for whom the 1/2 mile long festival has become an annual tradition.
photo: Matthew Inawat, GoPride.com
COVID-19 Safety was at the forefront prior to and during the festival. Working closely with the Chicago Department of Public Health and partnering with Northshore Clinical Labs, Market Days safety measures included awareness outreach, vaccinations and proof requirement at indoor venues, mask distribution, and data gathering/testing.
Multiple early indicators look good and the CDPH is continuing to monitor for any signs of trouble. The COVID vaccines are working! Spread the word and schedule a vaccination today.
Todrick Hall lit up the Bud Light Seltzer Stage on a very sweaty afternoon. The multi-talented performer showed off his singing, dancing and rapping chops and even opened up about his time on RuPauls’s Drag Race. Todrick’s outgoing personality and message of self love resonated throughout the crowd and had patrons laughing, dancing and shedding a tear.
photo top: Matthew Inawat, GoPride.com; bottom: Northalsted
Love was in the air at Market Days 2021! Towards the end of Todrick’s performance, he invited Ryan, one of his former employees, on stage with his boyfriend Brad. After introducing themselves to the crowd Ryan got down on one knee and proposed.
And yes, he said YES!
photos top & left: Northalsted, bottom: Ron Inawat, GoPride.com
Jody Watley found a new love baby and its called Market Days. Mayor Lightfoot, a fan of Ms. Watley came to see her set along with Congressman Mike Quigley. They had a message of accomplishment, as vaccinations made this year’s festival possible and urged everyone to get the word out that vaccinations save lives.
photo left: Gary Barris, right: Northalsted
Trixie Mattel closed out the Bud Light Seltzer stage on Sunday night. The Skinny Legend from just down the road in Milwaukee charmed the crowd with original songs as well as fun covers. The perfect close out for a great weekend.
photo: Ken Brown, GoPride.com
Saturday night’s headliner, Greyson Chance, wowed fans with his effortless display of talent. He showed off some exciting new songs but had to sneak in an ode to his idol, Lady Gaga. Greyson also let the crowd know how special the show was to him, since his last performance before the pandemic was in Chicago.
photo left & bottom: Northalsted; right: Ken Brown, GoPride.com
The FIERCE Project, with Ultra Naté & Angelica Ross ft. Mila Jam got the crowd grooving on Sunday evening. The performance started with each artist showcasing their individual talents before all coming together to sing their single “Fierce”, which was made to bring awareness to violence against Black & Latinx trans women.
photo: IG @ultranatemusic
The Avita Pharmacy Dance Stage Powered by Hydrate commanded much attention over the weekend. Pulsing beats, flashing lights and lots of dancing took place on the Cornelia stage. International DJs like Alex Acosta and Nina Flowers were alongside local favorites like Laura B and Cindel.
photo: IG @waterman0
The Nissan Partners of Progress Stage at Halsted & Roscoe showcases dance music diva Inaya Day, country music star Ty Herndon, all American boy Steve Grand, plus kickass local acts Hello Weekend, Catfight, Boy Band Review, Rod Tuffcurls + the Bench Press, Queen Explosion and more!
photo top left: Ken Brown, GoPride.com; bottom & right: Northalsted
The Chicago Sound Stage at Aldine featured accomplished musicians, vocalists, jazz artists with acts like Sam Fazio Music, Lynne Jordan and the Shivers and Meghan “Big Red” Murphy with an impressive rendition of Madonna’s Vogue.
The new Community Pride Stage at Addison featured breakthrough LGBTQ+ talent: Jade the Ivy. KaJahn Ari, Possibilities Theatre Company, Olivia Love, PINION, Mikey & Nathan, Richard Streetman Live with Jason Fein, Scott Free, Congress of Starlings, Tyler Hall & Rosa.
Peach Presents: The Revival takeover of the Belmont Stage Friday & Saturday powered by Rythm.
While Back Lot Bash with 3 Martini Jeannie, DJs Cristy Lawrence and Mary Mac shook the Belmont Stage Sunday.
photo: IG @tannertimemusic