Everything you need to know for Market Days 2018

Thu. August 9, 2018 1:08 PM by GoPride.com News Staff

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Nearly 200,000 people will descend on Boystown for Northalsted Market Days, Aug. 11 - 12

The Midwest's largest street festival is back as Northalsted Market Days 2018 takes over Boystown with some of the biggest parties and performances in Chicago this weekend.

Opening at 11 a.m. on Saturday, the two-day street festival turns North Halsted Street into one enormous party complete with five entertainment stages featuring local and national headliners.

Where's the party?

One word: Boystown, America's first recognized gay village! Once there, follow the herd of excited revelers, or the gaggle of drag queens, or just follow the music. But seriously, Market Days is located on North Halsted between Belmont and Addison. Gates open both Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.

Is there a charge for admission?

Not officially, but a $10 donation is suggested. Your donation will support the Northalsted Business Alliance, which hosts major events throughout the year including Chicago Pride Fest, Northalsted Halloween Parade and Frost Fest, and will go towards keeping Boystown safe and fun for all. 

What acts are performing?

With appearances by Addison North Stage headliners Betty Who (Sunday at 2 p.m.), Martha Wash (Saturday at 8:40 p.m.), MAX (Sunday at 9 p.m.), Todrick Hall (Saturday at 2:30 p.m.), plus Crystal Waters, Kristine W., Ty Herndon and others, Market Days is set to deliver on its reputation as a must-attend event.

"It's going to be lit," Who told ChicagoPride.com

And, we can't forget local favorites including Boy Ban Review, the all-girl band Cat Fight, Rod Tuff Curls, and 16 Candles.

Is there's a complete schedule that I can look at?

Yes, the festival features an all-day lineup of live music! Here's the breakdown for Saturday and Sunday

Are there other things to do or see?

If people watching is your thing, grab a refreshment watch the throng of festival attendees. With over 200,000 expected to attend, there will be no shortage of eye-candy for sure. In addition to the live entertainment, Market Days includes 200 unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink booths.

What should I wear?

Plenty of Sunshine is forecast for both days with highs expected in the 80's throughout the weekend, so dress accordingly and stay hydrated. Ultimately, look fierce!

How do I get there?

Market Days is easily accessed via the CTA Red Line Addison station, CTA Red/Brown/Purple Lines at Belmont, and multiple CTA bus lines. Check TransitChicago.com for routes. There won't be much street parking available, so if you're driving be prepared to park outside of the immediate area.

Are there more events happening for Market Days weekend?

Absolutely! With some of the most talented local and international DJs in Chicago for Market Days weekend, things kick into high gear with plenty of parties to choose from. Check out these over-the-top parties!

Related: Ty Herndon brings message of acceptance and his country sound to Market Days

Related: Market Days 2018 brings bevy of entertainment to Boystown this weekend


Northalsted Market Days 2018, August 11 - 12 (MarketDaysChicago.com