Written By: Jessie White
With Chicago’s Pride festival’s departure in June, Boystown has proven to always have another reason to party up it’s sleeve with 2019’s Northalsted Market Days. Celebrating its 38th year in August, Northalsted Market Days is the largest street festival in the Midwest and one of the most beloved summertime festivities of the year in Chicago. The half-mile fair spans from Belmont Avenue all the way north to Addison, giving guests as many opportunities to enjoy themselves as possible in the heart of Boystown, America’s first nationally recognized LGBTQ+ community. Market Days knows how to party and get people groovin’ with countless vendors, arts and crafts, live music and DJ’s, and much more. The 2019 Market Days lineup will include Icona Pop, Daya, Shiela E., Macy Gray, Deborah Cox, and will be headlined by Jake Shears. If you’re looking for all of the fun of the Pride festival but with a little more of a street festival vibe, Halsted Market Days may be just what you need.
Located in the heart of the Boystown neighborhood of Lakeview, Northalsted Market Days stretches from the corner of Belmont Avenue and Halsted Street all the way north to Addison and Halsted. You’ll be following the rainbow brick road throughout all of Boystown and have the chance to check out countless amazing bars and restaurants along the festival’s strip if you so choose.
Northalsted Market Days has a lot of love to celebrate so appropriately the festival is a two-day long event. This year, Market Days will take place on:
Saturday, August 10th: 11 am to 10 pm
Sunday, August 11th: 11 am to 10 pm
Check out the full schedule of events.
Where to Stay?
The City Suites Hotel
In the heart of Boystown, accessible by the Red Line and perfect for Market Days!
The Willows Hotel
Located at the edge of Lakeview and Lincoln Park, accessible via Brown Line train
The Majestic Hotel
Located in the heart of Wrigleyville, accessible via Red Line train