NORTHALSTED MARKET DAYS.
About Market Days.
Chicago Live Music Street Festival. Get event information, performer schedules, location, events, sponsors & vendors.
AUGUST 12-13, 2023
The 41st Northalsted Market Days® is a weekend long live music street festival celebrating community in Chicago’s landmark Northalsted/Lakeview district. The 1/2 mile long summer festival features all-day lineups of live music on 5 stages, 200+ unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, DJs/dancing, and more!
Estimated attendance of 100,000 people from near and far, representing all colors of the rainbow! Market Days is ranked in the top 10 Chicago festivals by BizBash.
Founded in 1982, the celebration now spans from Belmont to Addison on North Halsted St. in Chicago’s Northalsted neighborhood – America’s first recognized gay village and a Chicago LGBTQ+ historic landmark.
Northalsted Market Days is easily accessed via the CTA Red Line Addison station at Wrigley Field, CTA Red/Brown/Purple Lines at Belmont, multiple bus lines, and rideshare car/cab services to hotels and other lodging.
NEW! Get your Market Days VIP PASS Express Entry Wristband
Two Days of faster IN & OUT Access at Belmont
01 Event Information
Admission: $15 Suggested Donation – All Ages – Donations make Market Days possible, support local non-profits, and fund community projects like the Chicago Pride Crosswalks.
VIP PASS: Get your Express Entry Wristband
Location: Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison, Chicago IL
Hours: Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13th, 2023: 11am – 10pm
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: see below (#6).
Monkeypox: see below (#5)
02 Street Closure & Parking Information
Halsted St. from 3200 N to 3600 N will close to vehicular traffic at 11:00pm August 11 (subject to change)
Parking restrictions will be enforced along the following streets starting:
August 11, 9:00am
- 732-820 W Cornelia St
- 800-840 W Newport Ave
- 725-825 W Roscoe St
- 720-820 W Buckingham Pl
- 800-832 W Aldine Ave
August 11, 11:00pm
- 3200-3600 N Halsted St
- 743-800 W Brompton Ave
- 720-758 W Melrose St
Streets will reopen Monday August 14 at 6:00am.
All vehicles in the designated areas will be ticketed and towed. Questions regarding street re-routes call 773-868-3010
No access to Halsted Street surface parking lots or parking garages beginning: 11:00pm on Friday August 11.
03 Hotels and Transportation
Another option is airbnb.com.
04 Information / First Aid / Lost & Found
Prior to the festival date, contact [email protected] for general questions.
Information / First Aid Station / Lost & Found will be at the festival Command Center (at Halsted & Newport).
For lost and found after the festival please contact Chicago Special Events Management at (773) 868-3010.
05 Monkeypox Vaccination Information
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced a list of official community partners that residents can contact for the MPV vaccine. Not all will have available doses or appointments; many are now offering waitlists. Chicago will receive an increasing number of doses in the coming weeks.
To date, most Chicago cases have been identified in individuals that have experienced skin-to-lesion contact and/or sexual contact with men who have sex with men (MSM). The vaccine is not currently recommended for the general public, including (cis or trans) men who have sex with men without the additional criteria: having multiple or anonymous sex partners, sex at a social or sexual venue, or sex in exchange for money or goods within the last 14 days.
06 Security & Gate Locations
No large bags/backpacks allowed, all bags will be inspected prior to entry. No coolers or outside beverages.
ADVISORY: Crowded venues are experiencing incidents of pick pocketing of cell phones / wallets. Please use these tips:
- Don’t place phone / wallet in REAR pocket / loose clothing
- Don’t use shoulder bags / back packs that hang behind you in close quarters
- DO use a front facing fanny pack or cross body / sling bag
- DO use a zippered front pocket or deep front pocket
- DO hand cover pocket areas in close quarters / crowded areas
There are 8 Gate Entry points to Market Days! Use these side street entrances for quicker entry:
- Halsted & Cornelia (East)
- Halsted & Newport (West)
- Halsted & Roscoe (East, West)
- Halsted & Aldine (West)
- Halsted & Melrose
Also, the VIP PASS wristband is available for fastest IN & OUT access.
See SITE MAP (stages, schedule, bathrooms, medical / info, gates)