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

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 or (312) 870-9608.


Upcoming Requests                         

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
Requested by: National Eating Disorders Association
Dates: February 22 – 28, 2021
Colors: Blue and Green
Contact: Lauren Smolar at

Rare Disease Day 2021
Requested by: National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
Dates: February 26 – 28, 2021
Colors: Blue & Pink (If your building is able, please light up four colors – blue, green, pink and purple.)
Contact: Lesli Nordstrom at

Light The Night for Amyloidosis/Amyloidosis Awareness Month
Requested by: Amyloidosis Foundation 

Dates: March 1 - 7, 2021
Color: Red
Contact: Kathi Luis at

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week
Requested by: National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Dates: March 7 – 13, 2021
Color: Orange
Phrase: End MS
Contact: Rachel Gardner at

St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
Dates: March 12 - 20, 2021
Color: Green
Contact: Jaclynne Madden at

Memorial Day (May 31)
Dates: May 27 - June 1, 2021
Colors: Red, White & Blue
Contact: Jaclynne Madden at          

Pride Month
Dates: Anytime During the Month of June 2021
Colors: Rainbow
Phrase: PRIDE
Contact: Jaclynne Madden at          

Independence Day (July 4)
Dates: July 2 - 6, 2021
Colors: Red, White & Blue
Contact: Jaclynne Madden at          

Labor Day (September 6)
Dates: September 4 - 9, 2021
Colors: Red, White & Blue
Contact: Jaclynne Madden at      

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend (October 2 and 3)
Requested by: National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Dates: October 1 - 4, 2021
Color: Red
Phrase: CFD
Contact: Donna Clark at

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Dates: Anytime During the Month of October 2021
Color: Pink
Contact: Jaclynne Madden at          

Dates: October 28 - November 1, 2021
Colors: Orange
Contact: Jaclynne Madden at          

Holiday Season and New Year
Dates: December 18, 2021 - January 4, 2022
Colors: Red, Green and White
Contact: Jaclynne Madden at