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Boystown’s Rainbow ‘Legacy Walk’ Approved As A Chicago Landmark

July 25, 2019 - 8:33 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago has officially received a new landmark!

The Mayor's office announced Thursday that Lakeview’s half-mile rainbow pylons and Legacy Walk were approved Wednesday as an official City of Chicago Landmark District by City Council.

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The 20, 25-foot-tall rainbow pylons along North Halsted Street collectively form what is known as the Legacy Walk, and pay homage to LGBTQ history. They run along Halsted Street between Melrose Street and Bradley Place and reprepsent "the world’s only outdoor LGBTQ museum."

According to the Mayor's office, in 1998, the City of Chicago constructed the 20 rainbow pylons as the "first permanent, municipal streetscape that celebrates the unique cultural and historical contributions of the LGBTQ community." Forty plaques were added starting in 2012 to commemorate prominent LGBTQ figures, including Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, British mathematician Alan Turing, and U.S. astronaut Sally Ride.

The Landmarks Commission issued a final recommendation to City Council in favor of the designation on May 2. City Council approved the designation on Wednesday.