Some people are still feeling the afterglow from the largest street fair in the Midwest, Northalsted Market Days, and the monetary windfall will impact the Lakeview neighborhood even longer.
With headliners The Pointer Sisters and Olivia Newton-John, Market Days drew tens of thousands of Chicagoans, all out to drink, dance and devour dishes from local favorites like D.S. Tequila Company and the Chicago Diner.
An $8 suggested donation granted the masses access to the event, featuring three stages and over 40 musical acts. Donations fund a variety of activities throughout the year, including landscaping, nighttime security, business programs and other Northalsted events.
Northalsted also annually donates funds from Market Days to sponsor portable restrooms and barricades for the Pride Parade and to various non-profits.
“For the past several, we have made a contribution to local non-profits as well as they have assisted us with working our Northalsted Market Days gates,” Executive Director Jay Lyon said.
Equality Illinois and the AIDS Foundation were involved this year.
Fun highlights from Market Days 2012.
- Number of Xanadu T-shirts spotted: We lost count at 35.
- Number of people who were “So Excited” to see the Pointer Sisters: Approximately 50,000
- Number of people who sang along to “Summer Lovin’ ”: Perhaps the entire city
- Number of times “Call Me Maybe” played on the Hydrate stage: More than 30