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About Market Days.

Northalsted Market Days® is the largest street festival in the Midwest and Chicago’s hottest summer celebration!

See you again August 8-9, 2020.

The 40th annual Northalsted Market Days® taking place on August 8-9, 2020 is a weekend long festival celebrating life & community in Chicago’s historic Boystown/Lakeview district. The 1/2 mile long festival features all-day lineups of live music on 5 stages, 250+ unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, DJ’s and dancing, sponsor booths, and more!

Estimated attendance approaches 100,000 people from near and far, representing all colors of the rainbow!

Founded in 1980, the celebration now spans from Belmont to Addison on North Halsted St. in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood – America’s first recognized gay village.

Northalsted 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 Northalsted Market Days® in the Chicago’s Top 100 Events of 2018.

General Information

01 Event Information

Admission: $10 Suggested Donation – All Ages

Location: Boystown on Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison

Hours: 11am – 10pm, August 8-9, 2020

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. Keep cell phones & valuables out of reach. Exit festival via Main Gates at Belmont or Addison.

02 Street Closure & Parking Information

Halsted St between Belmont Ave and Addison St will close to vehicular traffic at 11:59 pm on Fri, Aug 7 and reopen on Mon, Aug 11 at 5am.

Street Closures & Parking restrictions will be enforced Fri, Aug 7 at 8am through Mon, Aug 11 at 5am along the following streets (except otherwise noted)

3200 to 3600   N Halsted (Aug 7 – 11:59PM, Aug 11 – 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 merchandise at the Northalsted Market Days booth at Halsted & Cornelia, Aug 8-9, 2020. 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 2019 Performers.


Bud Light Stage

Halsted & Brompton

2:00 PM Sheila E.
4:45 PM Deborah Cox
9:00 PM Jake Shears

Capital One Stage

Halsted & Cornelia

12:00 PM DJ Laura B
1:00 PM Hydrate Drag Show
4:00 PM DJ Laura B
5:30 PM Anne Louise
7:30 PM Dan Slater

Nissan Partners of Progress Stage

Halsted & Roscoe

1:15 PM Abba Salute
3:15 PM Emily Blue
4:15 PM Chicago Spirit Brigade
5:00 PM Steve Grand
6:15 PM Hello Weekend
8:30 PM Cat Fight

Jazz Stage

Halsted & Aldine

1:00 PM Molly Farrelly
3:00 PM BMR4
5:00 PM Meghan “Big Red” Murphy
7:00 PM Feathered Beaus

Belmont Stage

Saturday Back Lot Bash
12:00 PM DJ Sandra Suave
1:30 PM DJ Tess
3:00 PM Fiat Lux
4:30 PM DJ Little Lisa
5:30 PM DJ All The Way Kay
7:00 PM DJ ZEL
8:30 PM DJ Mary Mac

Bud Light Stage

Halsted & Brompton

2:00 PM Daya
5:30 PM Macy Gray
6:30 PM Out at Wrigley Singing Contest
9:00 PM Icona Pop

Capital One Stage

Halsted & Cornelia

12:00 PM DJ Laura B
1:00 PM Hydrate Drag Show
3:30 PM Joe Gauthreaux
5:30 PM Cindel
7:30 PM Nina Flowers

Nissan Partners of Progress Stage

Halsted & Roscoe

1:00 PM Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus
2:30 PM Queen Explosion
3:45 PM Chicago Spirit Brigade
4:15 PM Brian Justin Crum 
5:30 PM Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press 
8:00 PM Sixteen Candles

Jazz Stage

Halsted & Aldine

1:00 PM Kiki & D
3:00 PM The Flat Cats 
5:00 PM Elaine Dame 
7:00 PM Lynne Jordan & The Shivers

Belmont Stage

Sunday Peach & Party Noire present Pound The Alarm A Queer Ode to Carnival
12:00 PM DJ Bonita Appleblunt
2:00 PM DJ Cut Cuz
4:00 PM DJ Rae Chardonnay
6:00 PM DJ XP
8:00 PM DJ Hijo Prodigo

Vendors & Sponsors.

Learn more about Sponsorship.

Become a Vendor

Market Days 2019 has room for over 200 vendors! Artists, merchants, food and beverage, non-profit, and even food trucks! Click for information and application details.


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Halsted Street, between Addison and Belmont
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