‘It was symbolic’: Photo of rainbow at Highland Park parade site captures moment of hope


CHICAGO (CBS)– A woman passing through Highland Park on Sunday night unknowingly captured a moment bringing hope to thousands.

Downtown resident Hilde Bialach drove with her husband on Sheridan Road and stopped in Highland Park for an ice cream. When it started to rain, she took refuge in Ross just after 8 p.m.

As she stood under cover, she captured a rainbow over Walker Brothers near Central Avenue and 2nd Street, the site of the fatal shooting. The once taped-off area, covered in chairs and abandoned items, is now clear.

“It was such a spectacular site, it was breathtaking,” Bialach said. “For me, it was symbolic.”

Thousands of other community members agreed. Bialach’s post in the Facebook group “Stronger Highland Park (HP) – Community Organized Help” received over 1.3K reactions and over 100 shares.

The photo was taken a day after the barricades have been removed in downtown Highland Park, allowing residents to return to the grounds of Monday’s parade for the first time.

Her panoramic photo was called “inspirational” by many in the comments section of the post. A resident said the rainbow was “exactly where it needed to be”.

Bialach calls this moment “a gift”.


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