On Nov. 14, the Chicago Parks Foundation announced that the first phase of the new AIDS Garden Chicago will be complete this fall with the unveiling of a specially commissioned 30-foot-high sculpture, "Self-Portrait," by the late HIV/AIDS activist and artist Keith Haring.
The precise installation date will be announced. However, the sculpture has been hoisted into place.
AIDS Garden Chicago is the city's first public monument to memorialize the early days of Chicago's HIV epidemic and to honor those who continue to fight against the disease today. The new public lakefront garden is located along Lake Michigan just south of Belmont Harbor, at the original site of the Belmont Rocksa space where the local gay community gathered between the 1960s and 1990s.