New for 2013!

A better and brighter celebration lit up The Magnificent Mile District on November 23, 2013. The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival welcomed all new talent, booths, floats, balloons and more! See below for more information and keep checking back in 2014 for more details on this year’s event!

CELEBRITY APPEARANCES

MEGAN NICOLE

MEGAN-NICOLE-445_500Megan Nicole is a 20 year old Bad Boy/Interscope recording artist and superstar-in-the-making. With over 2.2 million subscribers and over 416 million video views, Megan’s remarkable rise to YouTube stardom began not very long ago.

It was December 2009 when a fresh faced Megan Nicole first posted a Kings of Leon cover. Fast forward to 2013, and Megan’s staying power is clear. Her cover of Bruno Mars’, “The Lazy Song,” has attracted over 42 million views and boasts all the qualities of a full-scale production.

Megan Nicole is currently in the studio finalizing her debut album, out 2014 on Bad Boy/Interscope Records. Megan is managed by Ron Cerrito for Prospect Park.

GRACE PHIPPS 

Grace-Phipps_500Grace Phipps stars as biker girl Lela, the leading lady of the classic teen beach movie “Wet Side Story” in which two contemporary teens, Mack and Brady, find themselves mysteriously trapped, in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Teen Beach Movie.”

Phipps also starred as Amy, Chloe King’s childhood best friend who is not afraid to voice her opinions, in ABC Family’s “The Nine Lives of Chloe King.” She can also be seen in recurring roles on “The Vampire Diaries” and “Baby Daddy.”

LAURA MARANO

LAURA MARANOLaura Marano stars as brilliant yet shy songwriter Ally, one-half of an internet music duo that has become an overnight sensation, in the Disney Channel comedy series “Austin & Ally.”

She has guest starred in a number of television series, including “Heroes,” “Children’s Hospital,” “Flash Forward,” “Little Monk,” “Medical Investigation,” “Huff” and “Joan of Arcadia.” Additionally she had recurring roles on “Without a Trace” and “The Sarah Silverman Program,” and was a series regular on “Back to You” and the game show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”

On the big screen Marano voiced characters in the animated features “Finding Nemo” and “Ice Age: The Meltdown.” She also appeared in the George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh produced film, “The Jacket,” as well as Judd Apatow’s “Superbad.”

DEBBIE GIBSON

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For more than 25 years, Debbie Gibson has proven she’s an entertainer of immeasurable talent. From singer, songwriter and musician to actress and dancer, she embodies what it truly means to be an entertainer. A music prodigy, Gibson exploded on the Billboard Pop Charts at the tender age of 16 with the self-penned “Only In My Dreams.” The “Original Pop Princess” quickly became the youngest person ever to write, produce and perform a No. 1 hit song, “Foolish Beat,” a record she still holds today in the Guinness Book of World Records. To date, Gibson has sold more than 16 million albums worldwide, performed for British Royalty and hosted “The American Music Awards,” produced by friend and legend Dick Clark.

After conquering the pop world with three consecutive albums and world tours, she set her sights on the theater. Gibson took a star turn in the Broadway production of “Les Miserables” as Eponine. She broke box office records in the London West End production of “Grease” as Sandy. She then took the stage in the U.S. Broadway tours of “Grease” and “Funny Girl,” playing Rizzo and Fanny Brice. Gibson also wowed critics as Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Gypsy Rose Lee in “Gypsy,” The Narrator in the national tour of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Cinderella in the national production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” with Eartha Kitt, Velma Kelly in “Chicago,” and, most recently, Sally Bowles in the Broadway revival of “Cabaret.” Continuing to dazzle with entertainment magic, Gibson bridged the gap between pop music and Broadway with her one-woman show “Pop Goes Broadway.”

Currently, Gibson is a celebrity judge on ABC’s new music competition “Sing Your Face Off,” collaborating with Jimmy Van Patten on an original Broadway musical entitled “The Flunky,” and working on her new U.S. album. She also has composed two original songs for “Cirque Musica,” a symphony arena show touring this summer. From No. 1 hits and platinum albums to starring roles on Broadway, film and TV, Gibson is a true entertainer with timeless talent and charisma.

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While only in her early 30s, two-time GRAMMY® nominee Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. She’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times andThe Times of London), shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, the singer was presented with Taylor’s crown by her daughter, Cookie, on June 12, 2011 at the Chicago Blues Festival and given the honor of the new “Queen of the Blues” by official proclamation of the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois.

Copeland’s passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency. Her music comes from deep within her soul and from the streets where she grew up, surrounded by the everyday sounds of the city – street performers, gospel singers, blasting radios, bands in local parks and so much more.

DEBBY RYAN

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Debby Ryan stars as Jessie, a 20-year-old nanny and aspiring actress who leaves her small Texas town for New York City in hopes of making all her dreams come true, in the Disney Channel comedy series “Jessie.” She is also is co-producer on the series which is now in its third season.

Ryan starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Radio Rebel” and is well known for her starring role as “Bailey Pickett” on the hit Disney Channel series “The Suite Life on Deck.” In 2010 she starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie “16 Wishes.” In addition to singing the movies theme song, “A Wish Comes True Everyday,” she co-wrote a second track, “Open Eyes,” with her singer-songwriter brother, Chase.

MEGAN AND LIZ
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Megan & Liz scored big in 2012 with their infectious debut single “Bad For Me.” Now they return with their new single “Release You” from their upcoming debut album Look What You Started, releasing early 2014.  As one of Billboard’s “21 Under 21: Hottest Minors in Music,” Megan & Liz continue to resonate with an entire generation of fans via social media.  These Millennials organically connect to the sisters’ authenticity and true DIY spirit.   Megan & Liz have racked up over 250 million views on YouTube as well as over 1.2 million YouTube subscribers. The duo regularly trend worldwide on Twitter, a testament to their impassioned social media following and cultural impact.

Megan & Liz’s new single, “Release You” (co-written with Shellback and Savan Kotecha and produced by Shellback and Max Martin), is available now.  Having recently starred in Macy’s Great American Road Trip, part of the Macy’s American Icons campaign, Megan and Liz just wrapped their first headlining North American tour (American Rag On Tour Presents: Megan & Liz). The girls can be heard weekly on over 100 Top 40 radio stations across America with their segment called “Next In The Biz with Megan & Liz” during the syndicated program Saturday Night Online. With over six hundred thousand Soundscan singles already sold Worldwide and their debut album set to release early 2014 Megan & Liz are poised to continue their rise to Pop stardom.

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A man of many trades, Mario Lopez has the overwhelming desire to always keep active. Mario is the host of FOX’s hit program X Factor, and the nationally syndicated daily show EXTRA. Concurrently, Lopez is the host of the nationwide Clear Channel radio show “On with Mario Lopez.”  Not only does Lopez have a proclivity for the entertainment industry, he is also an avid sports fan. He has taken his love for sports, specifically boxing, to the next level as a recurring commentator on HBO Boxing.  And he has recently produced a documentary based on the sport entitle CHAMP.

Lopez became a New York Times bestselling author for his healthy eating guide Extra Lean. In May 2011, he released the follow up to Extra Lean entitled Extra Lean Family. This new book featured recipes and tips that are beneficial to the entire family. Additionally, Lopez penned Mario Lopez’s Knockout Fitness a bestselling fitness book that offers readers a look into his impressive workout regime, and Mud Tacos, a vibrant children’s’ book he co-authored with his sister Marissa.  As a follow up to Mud Tacos, Lopez released Mario & Baby Gia, a children’s book he wrote for his daughter, Gia. The book is currently being developed into an animated series.

Even with all his other ventures, Mario is still in love with acting.  Lopez reincarnated his guest starring role as Dr. Mike Hamoui on the final season of F/X network’s popular show Nip/Tuck. Lopez’s run on the series garnished an instant and well deserved cult following.  He previously starred in the highest rated program in ABC Family history, Holiday in Handcuffs. He also starred opposite Mark Consuelos in the made for TV movie Husband for Hire, which was the most watched program ever on the Oxygen Network.

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Visitors stopped by the big BMO Harris Bank tent in Lights Festival Lane to participate in the Community Art Project in appreciation and acknowledgement of the city of Chicago. They painted a small tile to be a part of something big- a 10x24’ mural, composed of 2,500 individually painted tiles! A portion of the finished art was revealed along the parade route, and the completed mural remained on display in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue) during the month of December.

“LARGEST HOLIDAY CAROL” WITH MARIO LOPEZ, PRESENTED BY 93.9 My FM

Festival goers made sure to arrive at the parade route by 5pm to sing along with Mario Lopez as 93.9 My FM presented the “Largest Holiday Carol” along North Michigan Avenue!

BEAT HUNGER BY A MAG MILE, PRESENTED BY 93.9 My FM and Delta Sonic

This holiday season, we helped secure a Magnificent Mile-worth of donated canned goods to benefit The Greater Chicago Food Depository with your help! For more details on this charitable campaign, visit 939MyFM.com keyword: festival.



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