Market Days now open in Boystown

Sat. August 7, 2010 11:48 AM by News Staff

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Market days kicked off this morning, runs through Sunday

Chicago, IL - Northalsted Market Days, the Midwest's largest outdoor street fest, kicked off this morning on Halsted Street in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood. The event continues today until 10 p.m. and runs through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

The annual event opened this morning to sunshine and mild temperatures. Partly cloudy skies with highs near 85 - 90 degrees is forecast for the weekend by The Weather Channel.

In addition to the beautiful summer weather, non-stop music, an eclectic mix of over 400 vendors and diversity galore are all guaranteed to be in the mix throughout the two-day event.

Among the 40-plus performers on Northalsted Market Days' four music stages (which includes one dedicated to jazz) will be rock legend Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Latin crooner Jon Secada, American Idol finalists Blake Lewis as well a Gina Glocksen, original Broadway "Dreamgirl" Jennifer Holliday, and LGBT favorites Cathy Richardson and Adam Barta.

"I'm ready to turn all of North Halsted into a giant VIP party with fun for everyone," Barta tells "Hopefully people that get close to the stage won't mind getting a little... wet." Barta performs live on the Addison Stage, Sunday at 4:10 p.m. Afterwards he will make an appearance at the Grab Magazine booth located at Halsted and Brompton.

Another big draw of Market Days are the 400 food and unique arts & craft vendors. From the tried and true to the zany and unique, the artisans, as well as food offerings, promise something for every taste.

The event is situated along Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Addison Street. With a home Cubs game at nearby Wrigley Field today and Sunday afternoon, mass transit is recommended.

Belmont Stage Entertainment
12:30pm - Bird Talk
2:15pm - Everelle
3:15pm - Chicago Spirit Brigade (performing in front of stage)
4:00pm - International Academy of Design & Technology Fashion Show
4:40pm - Girl Next Door
6:15pm - Kimi Hayes
8:15pm - Cathy Richardson and the Macrodots

12:30pm - Pulsation
2:00pm - Black Betty
3:00pm - Windy City Cowboys (performing in front of stage)
3:30pm - Hag
4:45pm - Chicago Spirit Brigade (performing in front of stage)
5:30pm - The Joans
6:30pm - ROTC (performing in front of stage)
7:15pm - Dot Dot Dot

Addison Stage Entertainment
1:00pm - The Moves
2:45pm - The Handcuffs
4:30pm - Abba Salute
6:15pm - Eric & the Adams
8:15pm - Rock Candy

1:00pm - BambiRaptor
2:45pm - The Insecurities
4:10pm - Adam Barta
5:15pm - Blake Lewis
6:45pm - Gina Glocksen
8:15pm - Gabriel Sanchez & the Prince Experience

Roscoe Stage Entertainment
12:15pm - Shanghai Circus
1:35pm - Brit Beat
4:00pm - 7th Heaven
6:00pm - Jennifer Holliday
7:15pm - September
8:30pm - Jon Secada

12:15pm - 90's 210
1:45pm - House of Winehouse
4:00pm - White Tie Affair
6:00pm - Sixteen Candles
8:30pm - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

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