Northalsted Market Days, the largest street festival in the Midwest, is quickly approaching - are you ready?
Market Days, to many, is the true embodiment of Gay Pride in Chicago with a two-day festival that runs the length of Halsted from Belmont to Addison and brings out all of the boys and girls from as far away as California, New York and Miami!
But are you ready, and willing, to pay more for VIP Treatment at Market Days? A new VIP section has been added to this years festival with the highest priced tickets selling at $50 per person.
**UPDATE** Check out an exclusive video here
A few years ago the suggested donation "door cover" went from $5 to $6 per day, and that's to just cover the cost of putting on the event. I wonder if that's being raised to?
Those folks who organize Market Days - the Northalsted Merchants Association (NAM)- are changing things up though by introducing a VIP section and Stage.
The Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN is sponsoring the VIP Stage at Addison this year and NMA are selling tickets for a "Front of the House VIP" section next to the stage for $50 and "Back of the House VIP" for $30. The $50 tickets include 2 cocktails and the $30 tickets include 1 cocktail.
***UPDATE***- the production company behind Market Days - has said that the VIP area will be a standing room only section that will give VIP's an up close and personal view of the performers at the Addison Stage. There will also be private port-o-johns available as well as easy access to a special beverage/beer tent within the VIP Section.
It was also noted that the money raised will help to continue the beautification of the North Halsted community. ***UPDATE***
Entertainment scheduled at that stage include: En Vogue on Saturday night at 9PM; CeCe Peniston on Sunday at 3:30; and Jody Watley closing out the event at 8:30.
There's plenty of other entertainment scheduled over the course of the weekend like, Dot Dot Dot, 16 Candles, and the Village People at sages that don't have a VIP Section.
- What: Northalsted Market Days
- When: Saturday, August 1 & Sunday, August 2
- Where: Halsted from Addison to Belmont
- How Much: $7/$30/$50
- Purchase VIP Tickets online
What do you think about charging extra to get close to the stage? Are you planning on buying a VIP Ticket? Are you willing to pay $50 to stand closer to the stage?