Market Days 2017 brings bevy of entertainment to Boystown this weekend

Mon. August 7, 2017 3:07 AM by News Staff

brian justin crum performs market days, aug. 12

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36th annual Northalsted Market Days, Aug. 12-13 (Full entertainment schedule below)

Chicago, IL - The Midwest's largest street festival is back as Northalsted Market Days 2017 takes over Chicago's Boystown neighborhood with some of the biggest parties and a bevy of entertainment options this weekend.

Nearly 300,000 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 five entertainment stages throughout the day.

"To host one of the biggest and longest running festivals in Chicago in such a vibrant neighborhood, naturally draws people from all over the city, state, country and beyond," said Northalsted Business Alliance Executive Director Chad Honeycutt. "It's truly a welcoming and wonderful weekend to experience a fantastic array of music and enjoy the area and all of our offerings."

With appearances by 10,000 Maniacs, Jody Watley, Big Freedia, Tiffany, Brian Justin Crum, Inaya Day and others, Market Days is set to deliver on its reputation as a must-do fest in the Midwest.

"Market Days is such a great event. It's a vibe for any and every one," Day, who will perform the North Stage at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, told "I'm loving the line-up and I intend to see as many of the other acts as I can."

Chicago's Steve Grand, fresh off an appearance at Pride Fest Milwaukee and residency in Provincetown, returns home to perform Saturday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. on the Equality Stage. Grand recently released "Walking", the first single off his second album due out later this year.

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

The 36th annual Northalsted Market Days festival, presented by the Northalsted Business Alliance, takes place on Saturday, Aug. 12 and Sunday, Aug. 13 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. 

Northalsted Market Days - Saturday, Aug. 12

Bud Light North Stage (at Addison)

3:45 - 4:30PM            Prince Poppycock

4:45 - 5:30PM      Inaya Day

5:40 - 7:30PM      Drag Show

7:45 - 8:30PM      Linda Clifford

8:45 - 9:30PM            Jody Watley

Hydrate Dance Stage (at Cornelia)

12:00 - 5:30PM     DJ Laura B

5:30 - 7:30PM      DJ Cindel

7:30 - 10:00PM     DJ Nina Flowers

Nissan's Celebrate Equality Stage (at Roscoe)

2:00 - 2:45PM      Steve Grand

3:15 - 4:00PM             Tiffany

4:45 - 5:30PM             Brian Justin Crum

7:00 - 7:45PM             ROBYN S

9:00 - 9:45PM             Maxine Nightingale

Capital One Jazz Stage (at Aldine)

1:30 - 3:00PM      Joe Policastro Trio

3:30 - 5:00PM             Whiskey & Cherries

5:30 - 7:30PM      BMR4

Bud Light South Stage (at Belmont)

2:00 - 3:00PM             KC Ortiz

3:30 - 5:00PM             Michael McBride & Friends

5:30 - 7:00PM             Wedding Banned

7:45 - 9:45PM      Satisfaction

Northalsted Market Days - Sunday, Aug. 13

Bud Light North Stage (at Addison)

3:15 - 4:00PM       Big Freedia

6:15 - 7:55PM              Rod Tuffcurls

8:35 - 9:55PM              Purple Xperience

Hydrate Dance Stage (at Cornelia)

12:00 - 5:30PM     DJ Laura B

5:30 - 7:30PM      DJ Alex Acosta

7:30 - 10:00PM     DJ Ralphi Rosario

Nissan's Celebrate Equality Stage (at Roscoe)

1:15 - 2:00PM        Chicago Gay Men's Chorus

2:15 - 3:30PM       Don't Speak

4:00 - 5:15PM       JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound

6:00 - 7:20PM               10,000 Maniacs

7:50 - 9:50PM        16 Candles

Capital One Jazz Stage (at Aldine)

1:30 - 3:00PM               The Winchester Sound

3:30 - 5:00PM               The Flat cats

6:15 - 7:30PM       Branden & James

Bud Light South Stage (at Belmont)

1:30 - 2:30PM              Girl Power Night

3:15 - 4:00PM              Cece Peniston

4:15 - 5:00PM              Frenchie Davis

6:00 - 7:30PM              Boy Band Review

8:15 - 9:45PM       Catfight