Market Days 2016: Here's everything you need to know

Sat. August 13, 2016 8:26 AM by News Staff

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More than 180,000 people flock to the festival, this year featuring Deborah Cox, Jake Miller and Alex Newell

The Midwest's largest street festival is back as Northalsted Market Days 2016 takes over Boystown with some of the biggest parties and performances in Chicago this weekend.

Nearly 180,000 people will descend on the six blocks of North Halsted between Addison and Belmont to browse the unique vendors, eat, drink and dance to a variety of different musical acts playing on four entertainment stages throughout the day.

R&B diva Deborah Cox returns to headline the festival, while pop singer and Warner Bros. recording artist Jake Miller makes his Market Days debut. In addition, Alex Newell from Glee fame brings his dance-pop to the stage.

Also in the mix are newcomers and Chicago mainstays – like 16 Candles, Catfight, Wedding Banned and The Gingers – all split between two days and four stages. You'll find the full lineup below.

Calendar: Market Days Saturday | Market Days Sunday

The bars and restaurants of Boystown will have their doors and windows thrown wide open for the biggest, best and most fabulous block party of them all. Hydrate Nightclub will continue its annual tradition of hot beats on its outdoor stage at Cornelia and Halsted. 

Interview: DJ Cindel is back in Boystown for Market Days at Hydrate

The 35th annual Northalsted Market Days festival - presented by the Northalsted Business Alliance - takes place Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event runs down Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison. A $10 suggested donation is requested at the entrance. is a proud media sponsor. Share your social media photos and videos by using hashtag #MKTDays2016. 


Addison Stage

Lakeside Pride Jazz Combo – 1 p.m.

The Gingers – 2:30 p.m.

Diana King – 4:30 p.m.

DJ Chi Chi LaRue – 6 p.m.

Sir The Baptist – 8:30 p.m.

Nissan's Road to Equality Stage

Jake Miller – 1:30 p.m.

Slo'Mo – 2:45 p.m.

King – 5 p.m.

Lez Zeppelin – 7 p.m.

Chicago's Hot Test DJs – 8 p.m.

Aldine Stage

The Cabaret Project – 1:30 p.m.

The Flat Cats - 4 p.m.

The Cabaret Project – 6 p.m.

Belmont Stage 

Drag Revue – 1:30 p.m.

Abba Salute – 4:15 p.m.

Lizzo – 6 p.m.

La Bouche – 7:30 p.m.

Deborah Cox – 8:45 p.m.


Addison Stage

Drag Revue – 1 p.m.

Girl Power Night – 3 p.m.

FHB – 5 p.m.

Kaycee Ortiz – 5:15 p.m.

Alex Newell – 5:45 p.m.

Autograf (DJ Set) – 6:45 p.m.

DJ Ryan Kenney – 8 p.m.

Nissan's Road to Equality Stage

Sidewalk Chalk – 1:30 p.m.

Tea Dance (with DJ Marc 'Moose' Moder) – 3 p.m.

Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press – 6:30 p.m.

16 Candles – 8:30 p.m.

Aldine Stage

The Cabaret Project – 1:30 p.m.

The Cabaret Project – 3:45 p.m.

Amy & Freddy – 6 p.m.

Belmont Stage 

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus – 1:30 p.m.

Wedding Banned – 2:30 p.m.

RJD2 – 5 p.m.

Catfight – 6:15 p.m.

Erika Jayne – 8 p.m.

Boy Band Review – 9 p.m.