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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

Go Red for Women
Sponsor: American Heart Association
Dates: February 1, 2023 - February 8, 2023
Colors: Red
Phrase: GO RED
Contact: Julia Kersey at

National Kidney Month
Sponsor: National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
Dates: March 7, 2023 - March 10, 2023
Colors: Orange
Phrase: NKFI
Contact: Sarah Jane Castro at

MS Awareness Week
Sponsor: National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Dates: March 12, 2023 - March 18, 2023
Colors: Orange
Phrase: End MS
Contact: Rachel Gardner at

Saint Patrick's Day
Dates: March 13 - March 19, 2023
Colors: Green
Contact: Rob Johnson at

World Lyme Day
Sponsor: Project Lyme
Dates: May 1, 2023 - May 3, 2023
Colors: Green
Contact: Noah Johnston at

Save Your Tooth Month
Sponsor: American Association of Endodontists
Dates: May 1, 2023 - May 8, 2023
Colors: Purple
Phrase: Save Teeth
Contact: Elisabeth Lisican at

Memorial Day
Dates: May 26 - May 29, 2023
Colors: Red
Contact: Rob Johnson at

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

Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month
Sponsor: Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter
Dates: June 4, 2023 - June 10, 2023
Colors: Purple
Phrase: #ENDALZ
Contact: Nancy Rainwater at

Juneteenth (June 19)
Dates: June 16 - June 19, 2023
Colors: Red
Contact: Rob Johnson at

Independence Day (July 4)
Dates: July 1 - July 5, 2023
Colors: Red, White, and Blue
Contact: Rob Johnson at

Labor Day (September 4)
Dates: September 1 - September 4, 2023
Colors: Red, White, and Blue
Contact: Rob Johnson at

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

Dates: October 28 - October 31, 2023
Colors: Orange
Contact: Rob Johnson at

Holiday Season
Dates: December 15, 2023 - January 2, 2023
Colors: Red, Green, and White
Contact: Rob Johnson at