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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

Gastroschisis Awareness Day
Sponsor: The Global Gastroschisis Foundation
Dates: July 27, 2024 - July 31, 2024
Colors: Green
Contact: Meghan Rauen at

Light Up Amber for Appendix Cancer Awareness
Sponsor: The Appendix Cancer Pseudomyxoma Peritonei Research Foundation
Dates: August 14, 2024 - August 18, 2024
Colors: Amber, Yellow, Gold, or Orange
Contact: Margaret Najarian at

Labor Day (September 2)
Dates: August 30, 2024 - September 2, 2024
Colors: Red, White, and Blue
Contact: Rob Johnson at

National Recovery Month
Sponsor: Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery
Dates: September 3, 2024 - September 9, 2024
Colors: Purple
Phrase: Recovery
Contact: James Kowalsky at

Teal Lights Campaign
Sponsor: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Dates: September 5, 2024 - September 8, 2024
Colors: Teal
Phrase: NOCC or #teallights
Contact: Karen Young at

Walk to End Alzheimer's
Sponsor: Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter
Dates: September 8, 2024 - September 14, 2024
Colors: Purple
Phrase: #ENDALZ
Contact: Nancy Rainwater at

Hispanic Heritage Month
Dates: September 15, 2024 - October 15, 2024
Colors: Orange
Contact: Rob Johnson at

Raising Hope Gala
Sponsor: 100 Club of Illinois
Dates: September 26, 2024 - September 29, 2024
Colors: Red and Blue
Phrase: Raise Hope
Contact: Haneen Gullberg at

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Dates: Month of October 2024
Colors: Pink
Contact: Rob Johnson at

Dates: October 30, 2024 - November 1, 2024
Colors: Orange
Contact: Rob Johnson at

Light the World in Teal
Sponsor: Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Dates: November 1, 2024 - November 3, 2024
Colors: Teal
Contact: Sandy Silverstein at

World Pancreatic Cancer Day/Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Sponsor: Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Network
Dates: November 16, 2024 - November 21, 2024
Colors: Purple
Phrase: "Cure PanCan" or "NO PNCAN"
Contact: Jill Peet Saponaro at

Holiday Season and New Year
Dates: December 15, 2024 - January 2, 2025
Colors: Red, Green, and White
Contact: Rob Johnson at