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Illuminate Chicago Lighting Program

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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, Illuminate Chicago, was created nearly a decade ago to coordinate building lighting opportunities to support civic and charitable causes. We invite you to review the Illuminate Chicago requirements. If you meet all of these requirements, you can apply to have your request approved. The application can be accessed here. Please note that there is a $100 non-refundable administrative fee for organizations submitting light requests.

If you have any questions about this application, please contact Rob Johnson, Director of Civic Engagement, at or 312-870-9600.

Upcoming Requests

Chicago Polar Plunge
Sponsor: Special Children's Charities
Dates: March 1, 2024 - March 3, 2024
Colors: Blue
Contact: Mary Slowik at

International Women's Day
Sponsor: CARE
Dates: March 4, 2024 - March 10, 2024
Colors: Orange and Purple
Contact: Brandie Feuer at

MS Awareness Week
Sponsor: National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Dates: March 10, 2024 - March 16, 2024
Colors: Orange
Phrase: END MS
Contact: Rachel Gardner at

Saint Patrick's Day (March 17)
Dates: March 11, 2024 - March 17, 2024
Colors: Green
Contact: Rob Johnson at

World Kidney Day
Sponsor: National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
Dates: March 13, 2024 - March 15, 2024
Colors: Orange
Phrase: Kidney Day
Contact: Sarah Jane Castro at

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Sponsor: Fight Colorectal Cancer
Dates: March 18, 2024 - March 24, 2024
Colors: Blue
Contact: Molly McDonnell at

Problem Gambling Awareness Month
Sponsor: Illinois Department of Human Services
Dates: March 25, 2024 - March 31, 2024
Colors: Blue/Teal
Phrase: PGAM 2024
Contact: James Wilkerson at

133rd Polish American Parade
Sponsor: Alliance of Polish Clubs in the USA
Dates: May 1, 2024 - May 6, 2024
Colors: Red and White
Contact: Lucja Mirowska-Kopec at

Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters
Sponsor: National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Dates: May 3, 2024 - May 5, 2024
Colors: Red
Phrase: CFD
Contact: Donna Clark at

Lung Force Chicago
Sponsor: American Lung Association
Dates: May 6, 2024 - May 12, 2024
Colors: Turquoise or Blue
Phrase: Lung Force
Contact: Danielle Trojanek at

Jewish-American Heritage Month
Sponsor: Jewish United Fund
Dates: May 12, 2024 - May 18, 2024
Colors: Blue
Contact: Daniel Goldwin at

Memorial Day (May 27)
Dates: May 24, 2024 - May 27, 2024
Colors: Red
Contact: Rob Johnson at

Pride Month
Dates: Month of June 2024
Colors: Rainbow
Contact: Rob Johnson at

Juneteenth (June 19)
Dates: June 17, 2024 - June 19, 2024
Colors: Red
Contact: Rob Johnson at

Independence Day (July 4)
Dates: July 1, 2024 - July 5, 2024
Colors: Red, White, and Blue
Contact: Rob Johnson at

Labor Day (September 2)
Dates: August 30, 2024 - September 2, 2024
Colors: Red, White, and Blue
Contact: Rob Johnson at

National Recovery Month
Sponsor: Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery
Dates: September 3, 2024 - September 9, 2024
Colors: Purple
Phrase: Recovery
Contact: James Kowalsky at

Walk to End Alzheimer's
Sponsor: Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter
Dates: September 8, 2024 - September 14, 2024
Colors: Purple
Phrase: #ENDALZ
Contact: Nancy Rainwater at

Hispanic Heritage Month
Dates: September 15, 2024 - October 15, 2024
Colors: Orange
Contact: Rob Johnson at

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Dates: Month of October 2024
Colors: Pink
Contact: Rob Johnson at

Dates: October 30, 2024 - November 1, 2024
Colors: Orange
Contact: Rob Johnson at

Holiday Season and New Year
Dates: December 15, 2024 - January 2, 2025
Colors: Red, Green, and White
Contact: Rob Johnson at