Chicago’s Legacy Walk Rainbow Pylon streetscape declared a historic landmark

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One of the Legacy Walk memorials on Halsted in Chicago. (Photo from Facebook)

One of the Legacy Walk memorials on Halsted in Chicago. (Photo from Facebook)

CHICAGO — The Legacy Project announced on Thursday that the Legacy Walk Rainbow Pylon streetscape on Halsted has been declared a historic landmark by the city.

The Legacy Walk is an outdoor museum of LGBTQ history incorporating the rainbow-colored pylons lining Halsted between Belmont and Grace in Chicago’s Boystown. The Walk was established in October 2012 with the first 18 memorials installed on the pylons. As of May 2019, there are 38 memorials on Halsted. Among those featured on the walk are Sylvia Rivera, two-spirit people, the Stonewall Riots, Bayard Rustin and more.

According to the Legacy Project, this is the first time anywhere on earth that an entire multi-acre tract of land has been designated as historically significant solely because of its identification with LGBTQ people. 

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