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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

Teal Lights Campaign
Sponsor: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition - Midwest Region
Dates: September 20, 2023 - September 26, 2023
Colors: Teal
Phrase: "NOCC" or "Teal Lights"
Contact: Karen Young at

Annual Raising Hope Awards
Sponsor: 100 Club of Illinois
Dates: September 28, 2023 - September 30, 2023
Colors: Red and Blue
Contact: Kelsey Tomko at

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

Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Sponsor: Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Dates: October 5, 2023 - October 8, 2023
Colors: Red, Blue, White
Phrase: "26.2", "45 Years", "Go Runners"
Contact: Alex Sawyer at

Emergency Nurses Week
Sponsor: Emergency Nurses Association
Dates: October 8, 2023 - October 14, 2023
Colors: Purple
Phrase: EN Week
Contact: Dan Campana at

Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
Sponsor: METAVivor
Dates: October 13, 2023 - October 16, 2023
Colors: Pink, Green, and Teal
Contact: Maureen Kintz at

See Red - Season Kick-Off
Sponsor: Chicago Bulls
Dates: October 25, 2023 - October 27, 2023
Colors: Red
Phrase: See Red
Contact: Kayla King at

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

Light the World in Teal (November 2)
Sponsor: Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Dates: November 1, 2023 - November 3, 2023
Colors: Teal
Contact: Sandy Silverstein at

Children and Teens Grief Awareness Month
Sponsor: Rainbows for All Children
Dates: November 9, 2023 - November 15, 2023
Colors: Light Blue
Phrase: "End Overdose"
Contact: Stephanie Garrity at

World Pancreatic Cancer Day (November 16)
Sponsor: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Dates: November 16, 2023 - November 19, 2023
Colors: Purple
Phrase: #cure pancan
Contact: Jill Peet Saponaro at

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