Market Days Chicago 2021: Festival in the Northalsted neighborhood amid rising COVID cases in the city

CHICAGO (WLS) – The Market Days festival kicks off Friday in the North Halsted neighborhood as Chicago health officials closely monitor summer events. Cases of COVID are on the rise.

An estimated 100,000 people will attend the weekend festival which features live music, more than 250 vendors and plenty of food and drink.

It only comes a week after Lollapalooza, which has raised fears that the event could turn into a “super spreader”.

As in Lolla, COVID security protocols will be put in place during market days.

According to the North Halsted website, everyone present should be vaccinated or wear a mask.

There is a free COVID rapid test tent at the entrance gates of Belmont Avenue and Addison Street and also a vaccination center at Halsted Street Aldine Avenue.

Some businesses along Halsted require proof of vaccination to enter, including the DS Tequila restaurant and bars like Sidetrack and Hydrate.

“I consider being in the room one of the safest places you can be because everyone here has been vaccinated,” said Mark Liberson, owner of Hyrdate. “You must have proof of vaccination and a corresponding ID.”

Meanwhile, two counties in the Chicago area, Grundy and Will counties, have now reached the CDC’s highest level of COVID transmission.

“I think what I’m seeing are people who are sicker and I also see much younger patients, where we see patients in their twenties and thirties coming in and having aches and coughs and have a fever and I just don’t feel well, ”said Dr Michael Kryza of Morris Hospital.

Market days start at 5 p.m. on Friday and end on Sunday evening.

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