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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 rjohnson@bomachicago.org or 312-870-9600.

Upcoming Requests

Martin Luther King Jr. Day/Blue Lights for Peace
Dates: January 12, 2022 - January 17, 2022
Colors: Blue
Contact: Rob Johnson at rjohnson@bomachicago.org

Chicago Smart 9-1-1
Sponsor: City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC)
Dates: January 24, 2022 - January 30, 2022
Colors: Green and White
Phrase: SMART911
Contact: Mary May at Mary.May@cityofchicago.org

MS Awareness Week
Sponsor: National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Dates: March 13, 2022 - March 19, 2022
Colors: Orange
Phrase: END MS
Contact: Rachel Gardner at Rachel.Gardner@nmss.org
Website: www.nationalmssociety.org

Saint Patrick's Day (March 17)
Dates: March 13, 2022 - March 19, 2022
Colors: Green
Contact: Rob Johnson at rjohnson@bomachicago.org

National Telecommunicators Week
Sponsor: City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC)
Dates: April 10, 2022 - April 16, 2022
Colors: Blue and Red
Phrase: Thank You 911
Contact: Mary May at Mary.May@cityofchicago.org

National Smart 9-1-1 Day (April 30)
Sponsor: City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC)
Dates: April 29, 2022 - May 1, 2022
Colors: Green and White
Phrase: Smart 911 Day
Contact: Mary May at Mary.May@cityofchicago.org

Memorial Day (May 30)
Dates: May 29, 2022 - May 31, 2022
Colors: Green
Contact: Rob Johnson at rjohnson@bomachicago.org

Pride Month
Dates: Month of June 2022
Colors: Rainbow
Phrase: PRIDE
Contact: Rob Johnson at rjohnson@bomachicago.org

Juneteenth (June 19)
Dates: June 17, 2022 - June 20, 2022
Colors: Red
Contact: Rob Johnson at rjohnson@bomachicago.org

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

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

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Dates: October 2022
Colors: Pink
Contact: Rob Johnson at rjohnson@bomachicago.org

Halloween
Dates: October 29, 2022 - November 1, 2022
Colors: Orange
Contact: Rob Johnson at rjohnson@bomachicago.org

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