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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

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

Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month
Sponsor: Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
Dates: September 27, 2022 - September 30, 2022
Colors: Blue
Contact: Samantha Simmons at

Raising Hope Awards
Sponsor: 100 Club of Illinois
Dates: September 29, 2022 - October 2, 2022
Colors: Red and Blue
Phrase: 100 Club IL
Contact: Kelsey Tomko at

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

Save Soil Movement
Sponsor: Isha Foundation
Dates: October 1, 2022 - October 6, 2022
Colors: Blue and Green
Contact: Sen Urbanczik at

Fallen Firefighters Memorial Week
Sponsor: National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Dates: October 5, 2022 - October 9, 2022 (Candlelight Vigil on October 8)
Colors: Red
Phrase: CFD
Contact: Donna Clark at

Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Sponsor: Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Dates: October 6, 2022 - October 9, 2022
Colors: Red, White, and Blue
Phrase: 26.2
Contact: Alex Sawyer at

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

Red Ribbon Week
Sponsor: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration - Chicago Division
Dates: October 23, 2022 - October 29, 2022
Colors: Red
Phrase: Red Ribbon
Contact: Luis Agostini at

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

National Children's Grief Awareness Day
Sponsor: Rainbows for All Children
Dates: November 13, 2022 - November 19, 2022
Colors: Light Blue
Contact: Stephanie Garrity 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

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day)
Sponsor: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Dates: November 15, 2022 - November 17, 2022
Colors: Purple
Contact: Jill Peet Saponaro at

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