CHICAGO (CBS)– City officials will unveil Chicago’s new AIDS Garden Chicago in Lakeview East on Thursday morning.
Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be there for the 10 a.m. dedication near the lake just south of Belmont Avenue.
It’s the start of Pride Month, and it’s been a popular gathering spot for the city’s LGBTQ+ community for decades.
The garden has been a phased project for years, starting in 2019.
City officials said it was Chicago’s first public park to commemorate the early days of Chicago’s HIV epidemic. The goal is also to honor those who continue to fight the disease today.
The centerpiece of the park is a 30-foot statue, the silhouette of a man that is a tribute to artist Keith Haring.
Haring died in the early 90s of AIDS but he spent years doing so much work to raise HIV awareness and the statue is based on real work he did himself