Skyline Night Colors

Illuminate Chicago Information

Chicago has the world-wide reputation as the "Windy City" and the home of the first skyscraper. But all Chicago residents know and can easily envision the true gem of our city – the Chicago skyline and our beautiful buildings that light up the night.

BOMA/Chicago Building Members include all of the city’s iconic office buildings that comprise our skyline. This is why many organizations reach out to us in regards to lighting up the skyline for their various civic and philanthropic causes.

In an effort to assist our members with the multitude of light requests they receive on a monthly basis, BOMA/Chicago created the Illuminate Chicago Lighting Program. This program allows BOMA/Chicago to collect and review all light requests and subsequently provide our members with light recommendations. It is important to note that all of our Building Members are independently owned and managed and that BOMA/Chicago does not mandate that Building Members light up for the initiatives we approve.

Buildings are reminded to abide by our Lights Out Chicago program to avoid  bird collisions by extinguishing decorative lighting on rooftops and upper floors by 11 p.m. each night during Spring and Fall migration seasons.

Submit an Illuminate Chicago Application (Updated Requirements as of April 2019)

BOMA/Chicago’s building lighting program, recently renamed Illuminate Chicago, was created nearly a decade ago to coordinate building lighting opportunities to support civic and charitable causes. This program was recently reorganized due to the growing number of building lighting applications we receive each year. We reorganized the program with the following goals in mind:



  • To support core civic and philanthropic causes for which member buildings regularly light up
  • To encourage greater consistency in lighting across downtown Chicago
  • To increase awareness of lighting colors and affiliated causes.

BOMA/Chicago has instated new requirements and a $100 administrative fee for organizations submitting light requests. Click here to review the updated Illuminate Chicago requirements. Please click here to access the online application. If you meet the new requirements, we invite you to submit a light request.



If you have any questions about this application, please contact Jaclynne Madden, Director of Education, at jmadden@bomachicago.org or (312) 870-9608.



Upcoming Requests                      

International Overdose Awareness Day and National Recovery Month
Requested by: Illinois Department of Human Services
Dates: August 31 - September 4, 2020
Color: Purple
Contact: Patrick Laughlin at patrick.laughlin@illinois.gov
Website: https://www.dhs.state.il.us

Labor Day (September 7)
Dates: September 5 - 9, 2020
Colors: Red, White & Blue
Contact: Jaclynne Madden at jmadden@bomachicago.org                

Remembering Chicago’s Fallen Police Officers (Candlelight Vigil on September 15)
Requested by: Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
Dates: September 10 - 17, 2020
Color: Blue
Phrase: CPD
Contact: Carol Burns at Carol.Burns@chicagopolice.org
Website: www.cpdmemorial.org

Teal Lights Campaign
Requested by: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition - Illinois Chapter
Dates: September 17 - 21, 2020
Color: Teal
Phrase: NOCC or #teallights
Contact: Karen Young at il.teallights@ovarian.org
Website: www.ovarian.org

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend (Candlelight Vigil on October 3)
Requested by: National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Dates: October 2 - 5, 2020
Color: Red
Phrase: CFD
Contact: Donna Clark at dclark@firehero.org
Website: www.firehero.org

Emergency Nurses Week
Requested by: Emergency Nurses Association
Dates: October 11 - 17, 2020
Color: Purple
Phrase: EN WEEK
Contact: Dan Campana at dan.campana@ena.org
Website: www.ena.org

Halloween
Dates: October 31, 2020
Color: Orange
Contact: Jaclynne Madden at jmadden@bomachicago.org

National Runaway Prevention Month
Requested by: National Runaway Safeline
Dates: November 1 - 4, 2020
Color: Green
Contact: Beth Richman at brichman@1800runaway.org
Website: www.1800Runaway.org

"Light the World in Teal" Initiative
Requested by: Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Dates: November 5 - 8, 2020
Color: Teal
Contact: Peggy Kruger at pkruger@alzfdn.org      
Website: https://alzfdn.org

Holiday Season and New Year
Dates: December 18, 2020 - January 4, 2021
Colors: Red, Green and White
Contact: Jaclynne Madden at jmadden@bomachicago.org