North Halsted Market Days is an annual two-day festival in Chicago, Illinois, USA. It is the Midwest’s largest street festival with annual attendance between 200,000 and 300,000 people over the two-day event, takes place in the Boystown section of Lakeview along North Halsted Street from Belmont Avenue to Addison Avenue and is a half-mile long.
The festival consists of 3 music stages, 2 local band stages and a dance floor. The festival showcases food and merchandise tents. There are also Halsted business establishment tents, as well as those of radio stations, public service organizations & companies (SAAB in 2008). Many give away small souvenir items.
The overall flavor of the event is decidedly gay, but is open to all. The street remains closed from Saturday at 7am to Monday at 1am. Most of the businesses along Halsted Street are open during the day and stay open late each night when the festival ends for the day. Most notably the 20+ bars and restaurants see a significant increase in patronage.
The 2013 Northalsted Market Days are AUGUST 10-11, when a crowd of more than 200,000 from across the country will converge on Halsted Street to celebrate our annual event. It’s the largest two-day street fair in the Midwest and lives up to its reputation as one of the country’s finest festivals! Suggested donation is $8.
Northalsted Market Days is located on N. Halsted between Belmont and Addison.
Some of the big names this year include Andy Bell from Erasure, David Cassidy, Wilson Phillips, 10,000 Maniacs, Kristine W and Wonder Woman Lynda Carter.
Spanning six city blocks, Northalsted Market Days has 17 entrance gates and features three music stages with numerous musical acts performing. Many of these artists are top-name, national headliners, giving Northalsted Market Days® a reputation for some of the best live music in Chicago.
Northalsted Market Days® is also famous for its vast array of unique food and arts and crafts vendors. Vendors from across the country sell their unique wares to this huge, upscale crowd. On average, Northalsted Market Days® features 400 food, arts and crafts vendors.