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13 fabulous pics from Northalsted Market Days that prove it’s #AmazingforAll

13 fabulous pics from Northalsted Market Days that prove it’s #AmazingforAll

If you haven’t heard of Northalsted Market Days in Chicago, then you’re in for the perfect LGBTI treat. 

The weekend-long event is the largest outdoor street festival in the Midwest, with 2018’s edition storming into Chicago’s Boystown on 11 and 12 August. This year saw two days of live music across five stages, with the likes of Betty Who, Todrick Hall, EXPOSÉ and more thrilling the crowds.

As well as music, there’s over 200 different vendors spanning art, crafts, food, and drink, all with less clothing than at your local swimming pool. An estimated 200,000 people descended onto the city for the festivities. 

Continuing to celebrate the long history of diversity and inclusiveness at the festival, the Illinois Office of Tourism unveiled a spectacular structure as part of its #AmazingForAll campaign. The six-foot-by-23-foot wooden sculpture, created and designed by Chicago artist Matthew Hoffman, became a hit as soon as it was unveiled. 

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The sculpture became the scene of countless photo shoots | Photo: Illinois Office of Tourism

The idea behind the piece was to welcome the LGBTI community from around the world to both the festival and the state.

And those guests certainly felt welcomed. Thousands arrived to celebrate and nearly every single person looked fabulous. Don’t believe us? Check out these spectacular photos that prove that the Northalsted Market Days are #AmazingForAll.

The best folk in Chicago

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Fierce is the word | Photo: Illinois Office of Tourism
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Amazing for all those who have sass | Photo: Illinois Office of Tourism
Northalsted Market Days attracts some of the best people in Chicago | Photo: @_nicolelynnfoxx, Instagram
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A cheeky surprise awaits round every corner | Photo: Illinois Office of Tourism
Cruella has your wig | Photo: Illinois Office of Tourism
A campaign to make everyone feel welcome | Photo: @mrseventytwo, Instagram
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Showing Pride in Illinois | Photo: Illinois Office of Tourism
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How can you not pose in front of that? | Photo: Illinois Office of Tourism
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Express yourself | Photo: Illinois Office of Tourism
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Your Instagram demands a photo shoot | Photo: Illinois Office of Tourism

 

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Cute couples are always welcome | Photo: Illinois Office of Tourism

 

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Kissing couples too | Photo: Illinois Office of Tourism
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A Drag Queen on every corner| Photo: Illinois Office of Tourism

Illinois Office of Tourism is a partner of Gay Star News.

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