The Northalsted Business Alliance plans to host Market Days August 6-8, adding a Friday night edition, the first in its 38-year history. As vaccinations increase and Illinois begins planning for stage 5 reopening, organizers of the iconic event are in full preparation mode. Chairperson Mark Liberson commented, “The committee is hard at work selecting performers, signing contracts, and making plans for an exciting weekend in Chicago this summer.” Since the first Market Day in August 1982, the LGBTQ+ positive event has grown from a handful of folding tables and chairs on the sidewalk, to a half-mile long, annual summer ritual on Chicago’s North Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison, featuring all-day lineups of live music and international DJs on 5 stages, 300 vendors, arts, crafts, wares, summer food & drinks, dancing in the street, and more. A $15 recommended donation for entry supports the festival entertainment cost, local charities, neighborhood programming, and maintenance in the community.
Northalsted Business Alliance President Ramesh Ariyanayakam shares his optimism for hosting this years' event. "We look forward to the possibility of welcoming neighbors and visitors alike to this iconic event. While planning is underway, we will remain in continual contact with the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois and monitor the CDC guidelines to be flexible in our approach to meet all necessary requirements to produce a safe event."
About Northalsted Business Alliance (Northalsted)
Since 1980, the Northalsted chamber represents more than 100 businesses along Chicago’s Halsted Street corridor from Belmont to Irving Park/Broadway. The organization works to enhance economic vitality, foster a welcoming community, celebrate LGBTQ+ culture, and promote tourism through programs, services, and events including Chicago Pride Fest®, Northalsted Market Days®, the Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade and more. For information visit northalsted.com.
What: Northalsted Market Days®, street festival est. 1982
Where: Halsted St. from Belmont to Addison
When: (anticipated) August 6, 7, and 8, 2021
Why: Celebration of community and culture in Chicago’s Proudest Neighborhood
Who: Northalsted Business Alliance & Chicago SSA#18
Admission: suggested $15 donation, all ages