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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

Pride Month
Dates: Month of June 2022
Colors: Rainbow
Phrase: PRIDE
Contact: Rob Johnson at

Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month
Sponsor: Alzheimer's Association
Dates: June 20, 2022 - June 26, 2022
Colors: Purple
Phrase: #ENDALZ
Contact: Nancy Rainwater at

Independence Day (July 4)
Dates: July 1, 2022 - July 5, 2022
Colors: Red, White, and Blue
Contact: Rob Johnson at

Labor Day (September 5)
Dates: September 3, 2022 - September 6, 2022
Colors: Red, White, and Blue
Contact: Rob Johnson at

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and SEA Run/Walk
Sponsor: ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer
Dates: September 7, 2022 - September 14, 2022
Colors: Blue
Phrase: #CanDoBlue
Contact: Brelyn Dhenin at

Hispanic Heritage Month
Sponsor: Illinois Unidos
Dates: September 15, 2022 - September 22, 2022
Colors: Red and Orange
Contact: Cesar Rolon at

Hunger Action Month
Sponsor: Greater Chicago Food Depository
Dates: September 23, 2022 - September 29, 2022
Colors: Orange
Contact: Mandy Hamilton at

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Dates: October 2022
Colors: Pink
Contact: Rob Johnson at

Emergency Nurses Week
Sponsor: Emergency Nurses Association
Dates: October 9, 2022 - October 15, 2022
Colors: Purple
Phrase: EN Week
Contact: Dan Campana at

Dates: October 29, 2022 - November 1, 2022
Colors: Orange
Contact: Rob Johnson at

Shine a Green Light on Injury Prevention
Sponsor: Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Dates: November 15, 2022 - November 17, 2022
Colors: Green
Contact: Amy Hill at

Holiday Season and New Year
Dates: December 16, 2022 - January 3, 2023
Colors: Orange
Contact: Rob Johnson at