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Market Days Postponed To September Due To Coronavirus

The largest street festival in the Midwest now is scheduled for the same weekend as its sister event, PrideFest.

Market Days in 2016.
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CHICAGO — Market Days will be postponed to September due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Market Days, the largest street festival in the Midwest, originally was set for Aug. 8-9. It now is planned for Sept. 5-6, the same weekend scheduled for its sister event, PrideFest.

Market Days is a multi-day festival celebrating Chicago’s gay community. It regularly brings thousands of people to Boystown.

Organizers said the outbreak has forced them to postpone festivals during the summer, but they’re hopeful events will be able to be held by September.

“Our committee’s current plan is to combine our two summer festivals, PrideFest and Market Days, into one festival weekend for our community in 2020,” Chairperson Mark Liberson said in a statement. “As we go forward into the summer we will be looking to the city of Chicago and state of Illinois for guidance and approval as their response to COVID-19 continues to evolve.”

The Pride Parade also was postponed because of coronavirus. Originally scheduled for June 28, that’s now being planned for late summer or early fall.

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