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Market Days Offering Early and On-Site COVID Testing and Vaccinations

CHICAGO – Northalsted Market Days® is partnering with Northshore Clinical Labs and Special Events Management to offer free COVID testing in advance of next weekend’s highly anticipated summer festival and at the entrance gates. There will also be a vaccination booth inside the festival.

“In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID, we want to make testing and vaccinations available to all patrons for the safety of both attendees and staff alike.” says Hank Zemola, CEO of Special Events Management.
Pre-festival, walk-in PCR testing will be available 12-7pm at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., and other locations starting Wednesday, August 4th, with results expected within 24 hrs.

Northshore Clinical Labs is offering the testing 100% free, no insurance required, to maximize the number of tests available.

Contact 773-570-6510 or for more info.

Free Rapid testing will also be available at the Market Days main gates during the festival with results in under 15 minutes.

The Northshore Clinical Labs vaccination booth inside the festival will be offering the Moderna vaccine. Second doses, testing, and full vaccinations are available to the public at the NSC laboratory at 4751 N. Kedzie. No appointment necessary.

Market Days statement:

We encourage attendees to already be fully vaccinated or wear a mask to help keep our community safe. Market Days is following city guidelines, which do not require proof of vaccination to enter street festivals, but some businesses and venues on the street are requiring proof for entry, therefore we recommend those vaccinated bring their cards or a digital copy. Event info at

COVID testing & vaccine info at

About the Northalsted Business Alliance

Founded in 1980, Northalsted Business Alliance represents more than 100 businesses along Chicago’s Halsted Street corridor from Belmont to Irving Park/Broadway. The organization works to enhance economic vitality, foster a welcoming community, celebrate LGBTQ+ culture, and promote tourism through programs, services, and events including Chicago Pride Fest®, Northalsted Market Days®, the Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade, and more. For information visit


Northalsted Market Days

What: Northalsted Market Days®, street festival est. 1982
Where: Halsted St. from Belmont to Addison St, Chicago IL
When: August 6-8, 2021 – Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat & Sun 11am-10pm
Why: A celebration of community in Chicago’s Proudest Neighborhood
Who: Northalsted Business Alliance & Chicago SSA#18
Admission: suggested $15 donation, all ages
Contact: (773) 883-0500

A $15 recommended donation for entry helps pay performers & festival workers, and funds community programs. Generous public donations paid for the Chicago Pride Crosswalks; 14 rainbow-paved intersections installed in 2019 make up the longest installation of its kind in the world.

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