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The Legacy Walk

3245-3704 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60657


The Legacy Walk is a dynamic outdoor LGBT history exhibit in the "Lakeview" neighborhood of Chicago. It is located along the half mile of the North Halsted Street Corridor, between Belmont Avenue and Grace Street.

The Legacy Walk is the world’s only outdoor LGBT History Museum Walk. Spanning one-half mile on both sides of the street, this exhibit features dozens of beautiful bronze biographical markers affixed to the “Rainbow Pylons” that line the Northalsted Streetscape. This international and multicultural installation – a celebration of LGBT contributions to world history and culture – was conceived as a way to inspire and educate bullied youth by helping them to understand the important roles people like them have played in human history. Featuring iconic LGBT people like social justice pioneer Jane Addams, civil rights icon Bayard Rustin, British mathematician Alan Turing, and Mexican artist Frida Kahlo – this breathtaking streetscape serves to instill a genuine sense of pride for all LGBTQ people and to raise awareness and foster acceptance among the general public. Guided tours of this unique installation are offered for both student groups and for adults visiting this energetic “gayborhood.” Any tour can be combined with meals, shopping, or club-hopping to create a unique experience that includes an exploration of an aspect of history most people don’t know has been missing. To schedule a private tour for your group click HERE.

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