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About Market Days.

Northalsted Market Days® is the largest street festival in the Midwest and Chicago’s hottest summer celebration, August 11-12, 2018.

Join us again for the 38th annual Northalsted Market Days, August 10-11, 2019! Thank you for making this year amazing!

The weekend long festival features an all day lineup of live music on 4 stages, 200+ unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, DJ’s and dancing, sponsor booths, and more!

Estimated attendance approaches 200,000 people from near and far, representing all colors of the rainbow!

Founded in 1980, the celebration now spans 1/2 mile of North Halsted in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood – America’s first recognized gay village – from Addison to Belmont.

Market Days® is easily accessed via the CTA Red Line Addison station at the historic Wrigley Field, CTA Red/Brown/Purple Lines at Belmont, multiple bus lines, and rideshare car/cab services to downtown hotels and other lodging.

Biz Bash ranked Market Days® in the Chicago’s Top 100 Events of 2017.

This Week In Boystown: Market Days Guide

Check out plenty of fun things to do throughout the week in Boystown!

General Information

01 Event Information

Admission: $10 Suggested Donation – All Ages

Location: Boystown on Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison

Hours: 11am – 10pm, August 11-12, 2018

Public Transportation: A short walk away from the CTA Belmont Red/Brown/Purple Line Station or the CTA Addison Red Line Station

Weather: Open rain or shine, please be advised that severe conditions may delay or cancel performances

Security: No large bags/backpacks allowed, all bags will be inspected prior to entry. No coolers or outside beverages.

02 Street Closure & Parking Information

Details subject to change. Halsted St between Belmont Ave and Addison St will close to vehicular traffic at 11:59 pm on Fri, Aug 10 and reopen on Mon, Aug 14 at 5am.

Street Closures & Parking restrictions will be enforced Fri, Aug 10 at 8am through Mon, Aug 14 at 5am along the following streets (except otherwise noted)

3200 to 3600   N Halsted (Aug 10 – 11:59PM, Aug 14 – 5am)
740 to 800   W Melrose
765 to 840   W Aldine
750 to 820   W Buckingham
720 to 820   W Roscoe
800 to 925   W Newport
732 to 820   W Cornelia
710 to 795   W Brompton

All vehicles in the designated areas will be ticketed and towed. Questions regarding street re-routes call 773-868-3010

03 Merchandise

Get your official Market Days Fan and Tshirt available exclusively at the Northalsted Market Days booth at Halsted & Cornelia, Aug 11-12, 2018. Supplies limited!

04 Information / First Aid / Lost & Found

Information / First Aid Station / Lost & Found will be at the festival Command Center located West of Halsted at Newport Ave.

For lost and found after the festival please contact Chicago Special Events Management at (773) 868-3010.

Top Performers.


Bud Light North Stage

2:30 PM Todrick Hall
3:30 PM Trenyce
5:00 PM Catfight
7:00 PM Kimberley Locke
7:50 PM Ultra Naté
8:40 PM Martha Wash

Hydrate Stage

11:30 AM DJ Laura Bee
1:00 PM Market Days Drag Show
4:00 PM DJ Laura B
5:30 PM DJ Cajjmere Wray
7:30 PM DJ Oscar Velazquez

Nissan Partners of Progress Stage

1:15 PM Hello Weekend
3:15 PM Girl Power Night
5:00 PM Chicago Spirit Brigade
5:45 PM Crystal Waters
7:00 PM Ty Herndon
8:20 PM Hank & Cupcakes

Aldine Jazz Stage

1:30 PM Sam Fazio Quartet
3:30 PM Lakeside Pride Strayhorns
5:30 PM Feathered Beaus

Monkey Shoulder Peach Party at Belmont

12:00 PM DJ Zel
2:00 PM DJ Professor Wrecks
4:00 PM DJ Cat Cuz
6:00 PM DJ Dapper
8:00 PM DJ [X]P

Bud Light North Stage

2:00 PM Betty Who
3:30 PM Sushi Roll
6:15 PM Exposé
9:00 PM MAX

Hydrate Stage

11:30 AM DJ Laura Bee
12:30 PM Market Days Drag Show
3:30 PM DJ Jesse Mercado
5:30 PM DJ Toy Armada
7:30 PM DJ Tom Stephan

Nissan Partners of Progress Stage

1:00 PM Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus
2:15 PM Boy Band Review
3:45 PM Chicago Spirit Brigade
4:15 PM Kristine W
5:15 PM Rod Tuffcurls
7:45 PM 16 Candles

Aldine Jazz Stage

1:30 PM BMR4
3:30 PM Joe Policastro Trio
5:30 PM The Flat Cats

Monkey Shoulder Backlot Bash at Belmont

12:00 PM Byrne Twins
2:00 PM DJ Dapper
4:00 PM Moose the DJ (Tea Dance)
6:00 PM DJ Zel
8:00 PM DJ All the Way Kay

The Information Center / First Aid and Lost & Found will be on Newport


Vendors & Sponsors.

Become a Vendor

Market Days 2018 has room for over 200 vendors! Artists, merchants, food and beverage, non-profit, and even food trucks! Click for information and application details.

Learn more about Sponsorship.

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See you August 11-12, 2018 for this year's Market Days!

Halsted Street, between Addison and Belmont
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