CELEBRATING DIVERSITY

Market Days, Chicago

Each August Chicago has a celebration we call Market Days, also known as North Halsted Market Days for its location.  It runs for a half mile stretch of Halsted Street through the area known as Boystown.  It has been given this designation due to the number of gay bars, shops and restaurants in the area.

Both sides of the street are lined with food booths, beverage booths, arts and crafts.  Some community organizations have booths to promote their cause.  Along the way you will find 4 stages of entertainment.

On Sunday night I started at the south end and walked toward the northernmost stage to see MAX.  On the way I could see people of all backgrounds and colors.  It is refreshing to see such a varied group of people (many thousands front to back) all enjoying a night of entertainment together.  It is not just an LGBTQ crowd, but rather all orientations are on hand.  It is easy to tell that as you walk through the crowd.

Unfortunately the Bud Light Stage was a lighting disaster.  Almost everything was backlit in such a way that you could not see the artists’ faces.  Maybe they will learn to do better next year.

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