27 Marvelous Photos From Chicago Market Days

It was a gay old time in Northalstead!

More than 300,000 people gathered in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood over the weekend for the annual Market Days celebration, the biggest outdoor festival in the Midwest.

Held between Addison Street and Belmont Avenue on Halstead, the LGBT-centric gathering included performances from Big Freedia, Brian Justin Crum, Inaya Day, Steve Grand, and ’80s pop princess Tiffany. (Lana Wachowski and a bevy of Drag Race queens were also in town.)

“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 Chad Honeycutt, director of the Northalsted Business Alliance. “It’s truly a welcoming and wonderful weekend to experience a fantastic array of music and enjoy the area and all of our offerings.”

Below, check out images from this year’s Market Days.

The couple that wears flannels together, stays together #marketdays2017

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Love them to pieces #marketdays2017

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My dude! ❤️ #loveisthenewblack #bearstuff #❤️ #marketdays2017

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Wow! What an AMAZING weekend!! Finally getting a chance to go through my photos from @neverlandparties "Gods of the Nile" event, and it was a blast! More pictures to come, so sorry for the delay! RSFX artist @shannannigans_ putting some final touches into one of the looks we designed to be revealed live on stage. Concept Design and Application by @RyanStrautFX and @shannannigans_ "Blue Wolf" Contacts by @contactlenshub Aquacolor by @wolfefaceartfx Gold hydrocolor by @kryolanofficial Amun, Egyptian god of the sky, modeled by @samripr Costumes by @redaggio and @nvrlndboy #nvrlnd #neverland #marketdays #makeup #makeupartist #mua #fx #fxmakeup #fxmakeupartist #fxmua #sfx #art #concept #conceptart #faceoff #faceoffsyfy #gogo #club #chicago #gay #gayboy #lgbt #egypt #myth #contactlenshub #rbfx #mostlydead #wolfefx #horus #egypt

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Market Days 2017. What a blast . And @sense8 ❤️

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I want to thank the 500 or so of you who came out to see my hometown performance at #MarketDays last Saturday. It was so heartwarming to watch the area fill with people in the half hour before I took the stage. I've already been humbled so many times in the 4 years since I released my first song – I grow more grateful for your continued support with each passing day. Thank you! :) If you're around the #Ptown area, come to my show at the Provincetown Art House Theatre. I play 7 pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday now through Sept 7. Get your tickets here: http://m.bpt.me/event/2902220 Full tour schedule here: Bandsintown.com/SteveGrand Booking inquiries? Contact: Linda@LeftofCenterProductions.com #Ptown2017

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Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.