The Legacy Walk in Chicago’s Boystown stretch of North Halsted St. (from Belmont Ave. to about Grace St.) is an outdoor public display which celebrates LGBT contributions to world history and culture.
The ten pairs of rainbow pylons, one on each side on the street, have been on Halsted St. since 1998 during the second Mayor Daley’s time, symbolizing Chicago’s leadership in legitimizing the LGBT community. With the erection of the phallic pylons, Chicago designated Halsted Street as a gay neighborhood, the first time a U.S. city had officially proclaimed a neighborhood as being gay, according to some accounts. (Illinois, more importantly, was the first state to strike down its antisodomy laws in 1962.)
The Legacy Walk is sort of an addition to the pylons. It consists of, according to the Legacy Project website, “a series of bronze memorial plaques commemorating the life and work of notable lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals whose achievements have helped shape the world – but whose contributions, sexual orientation or gender identity have been overlooked, minimized or redacted entirely from most historic texts.” It is further described as “the world’s only outdoor museum walk and youth education program dedicated to combating anti-gay bullying by celebrating LGBT contributions to history” and the “world’s largest collection of bronze biographical memorials.”