Sponsor Greetings

The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival would not be possible without all of our sponsors’ support. Check out the fun activities, offers and surprises our amazing sponsors will present on Saturday, November 21, 2015!


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    BMO Harris Bank


    BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through more than 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank’s commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. For more information about BMO Harris Bank, go to the company fact sheet. Banking products and services are provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. and are subject to bank or credit approval. BMO Harris ® and BMO Harris Bank® are trade names used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with approximately 1,600 branches, and CDN $586 billion in assets (as of July 31, 2014).

    Lights Festival Lane (401 N. Michigan Avenue)
    Kids were in the spirit at Kids Corner! They enjoyed face painting, a holiday list activity table and reading corner.

    The completed Community Art Project, a 10x24’ mural, composed of 2,500 individually painted tiles, was on display in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue) through December 7, 2014. Find and share your favorite tiles at bmoharris.com/chicagomural.

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    Attendees were able to stop in to the BMO Harris Lounge to recharge their batteries or phones. The heated location was complete with a charging station, BMO Harris ATM and light snacks.

    BMO Harris Bank presented a variety of elements, including a double decker bus and a float full of mascots who waved hello to the crowd. A helium-filled Hubert the Lion balloon sailed down the parade route in style!

    Anyone who had a question visited the BMO Harris Bank Helper Tents along North Michigan Avenue.

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    Walt Disney World Resort® in Florida


    What’s your Disney side? That’s the side you simply can’t wait to share as a family. It’s the side of you that laughs more, screams more, and just plain lives life to the fullest. It’s the side of you that comes out to play the moment your family steps through the gates of a Disney Theme Park. So why wait? Share the magic right now and come show your Disney side!

    Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida is a contiguous, nearly 40-square-mile, world-class entertainment and recreation center featuring four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom); two water adventure parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon); 35 resort hotels (25 owned and operated by Walt Disney World®, includes seven Disney Vacation Club resort properties); 81 holes of golf on five courses; two full-service spas; Disney’s Wedding Pavilion; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex; and Downtown Disney, an entertainment-shopping-dining complex.  Walt Disney World® Resort is also included in vacation packages of Disney Cruise Line. Located at Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 20 miles southwest of Orlando, Walt Disney World® opened Oct. 1, 1971. Open daily, year-round.

    Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse led the parade down Michigan Avenue and illuminated more than one million lights on 200 trees to kick off the holiday season! Plus, their friends from Walt Disney World® came cruising down the route in double decker buses and on floats. Chip ‘n’ Dale, Goofy, Pluto, Donald and Daisy were all part of the fun!

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    Southwest Airlines®


    Southwest Airlines® was proud to be a part of the holiday festivities to showcase their legendary Southwest Customer Service and warm hospitality. Their commitment to Chicago extends beyond the airport and into the community, and the Lights Festival  gives them one more way to reach  Chicagoland customers this wonderful time of the year. As the Official Airline of The Magnificent Mile, Southwest Airlines participation adds to the holiday magic and they know their guests will be just as excited to be a part of the magic as they are!


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    Subaru was a proud sponsor of this year’s BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and brought joy to families throughout the Chicagoland area. The all-new 2015 Legacy and all-new 2015 Outback led the parade, safely pulling Santa’s Sleigh.

    At Subaru, we care about you and your family’s safety. That’s why Subaru engineers developed EyeSight® driver assist technology*, an extra set of eyes on the road and an extra foot on the brake when you drive. When equipped with Subaru EyeSight, the 2014 Outback® and Legacy® models received the highest possible score in front crash prevention by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, higher than both the Honda Accord and Ford Fusion. To learn more about EyeSight and Subaru, visit http://www.subaru.com.

    Lights Festival Lane
    Attendees stopped by the Subaru tent and checked out the full line of symmetrical all-wheel drive vehicles and were treated to a professional ice carving demonstration. Subaru’s goal is to keep you and your family safe and confident on the road in all weather conditions.

    The annual Share the Love event is for every new Subaru purchased through January 2, Subaru will donate $250 to those in need.




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    Northwestern Medicine


    Transforming the future of healthcare, Northwestern Medicine represents the research, teachings and patient-care activities of Northwestern’s academic medical center, making it the destination of choice for people across the country seeking the highest-quality healthcare. Leading-edge treatments and breakthrough discoveries have helped Northwestern Memorial to become the only Illinois hospital ranked on U.S. News and World Report's 2012 Honor Roll of America's best hospitals.  In addition, The Feinberg School of Medicine is annually ranked by U.S. News to be among the top research-oriented medical schools in the country.


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    ABC7 Chicago


    ABC7 Chicago has consistently remained the city's #1 news station for the past few years. For more information about ABC7, click here.

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    Radio Disney


    Radio Disney is the #1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families. Kids help pick the music that is played and are encouraged to interact via a toll-free phone line to the Radio Disney studio. The network's current playlist, driven by listener requests and representing major record labels, includes recording artists Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Cody Simpson, Mindless Behavior, Hot Chelle Rae and Adele.

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    Brookfield Zoo


    Brookfield Zoo presents Holiday Magic, a warm family tradition and the Chicago area’s largest lights festival, helping visitors enjoy the season, Illinois Mile, After Magnificent Mile!

    “SEE THE LIGHTS…Experience the tradition …FEEL THE MAGIC” at Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic, Saturdays and Sundays November 30 – December 22 plus all week December 26-31. At Holiday Magic, enjoy 1 million twinkling lights, caroling to the animals, animated light displays, a laser light show and much more. Visit czs.org for more details. Holiday Magic is presented by ComEd.

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    More than a corner candy store, Candyality offers a carefully selected, highly indulgent, quirky, nostalgic, exclusive, and unique sweets and products. At the heart of Candyality’s philosophy is the desire to uncover an individual’s universal connection to their confections. When you visit Candyality, don’t forget to ask the candy specialist what your choices say about you. At Candyality, you really are what you eat!

    Candyality's "Lollipop Lane" float made its way down the parade route adorned with thousands of colorful lights and candy-scaped lollipops. Trailing behind the float was the "got candy" team who bestowed the crowd with a selection of holiday treats for the young and the young at heart.

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    Chicago Park District


    The Chicago Park District owns more than 8,100 acres of green space, making it the largest municipal park manager in the nation.  The Chicago Park District’s 580 parks offer thousands of sports and physical activities as well as cultural and environmental programs for youth, adults, and seniors.  The Chicago Park District is also responsible for 26 indoor pools, 51 outdoor pools, and 26 miles of lakefront including 23 swimming beaches plus one inland beach.  From canoeing to batting cages to arts and crafts, there is never a shortage of activities to participate in Chicago’s parks.

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    Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.


    Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. is one of the city's most familiar attractions. Those big red double decker buses and their famous red & green trolleys provide tours of Chicago to millions of visitors every year.

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    Connie’s Pizza


    For over 50 years, Connie’s Pizza has been a family owned pizzeria based on the South side of Chicago. Last year Connie’s expanded by opening another city location on the North side at 1030 N. State St. and can now truly say that they service the entire Chicagoland area. A family style restaurant that’s known for their legendary pizza, hospitable service, and family history, Connie’s Pizza offers a wide range of dishes including salads, pastas, sandwiches, and entrees, with space for private parties and events. Call 312-CONNIES for delivery or to book a reservation.

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    The Eli’s Cheesecake Company


    The Eli's Cheesecake Co. creates the finest desserts from the best ingredients and ships them all over the world. Their dessert products make great gifts and can even be customized for any occasion.

    Lights Festival Lane:
    It was family fun this year at The Eli's Cheesecake booth, where festival goers were invited to decorate a delicious slice of Eli's Cheesecake for the holidays.


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    Garrett Popcorn Shops


    Garrett Popcorn Shops® is dedicated to handcrafting only the finest, small batch gourmet popcorn. A Chicago tradition since 1949, every batch of Garrett Popcorn is handmade daily using old-fashioned copper kettles. Garrett Popcorn Shops mixes their signature blend of kernels into their secret family recipe, passed down through three generations. Their uncompromising commitment to their recipe makes Garrett Popcorn Shops® a destination that generates lines of historic proportions outside of their Shops all around the world. Visit GarrettPopcorn.com to view all of their tin designs and flavors.

    Lights Festival Lane “BrighTin the Holidays”
    Attendees visited the Garrett Popcorn Shops® booth for a complimentary treat size bag of the Garrett Mix® and a warm cup of our delicious CaramelCrisp® Apple Cider ($2 per cup of which 100% was donated to Lurie Children’s Hospital Heroes for Life).

    the Garrett Popcorn Shops® holiday float entitled, “BrighTin the Holidays” featured a 20-foot tall, Red and Green striped Signature tin.

    On board, the chefs cooked their secret family recipe for CaramelCrisp® in old-fashioned copper kettles, the same way they do in Shops throughout each day. You could smell that enticing aroma as the fluffy clouds of gourmet popcorn fell from the sky.

    A holiday tradition since 1949, every batch of Garrett Popcorn is handmade daily using only the highest quality ingredients.

    The crowd went crazy as Garrett team members shared bags of their famous Garrett Mix® alongside the float. Unwrap your favorite flavor this holiday season. Visit GarrettPopcorn.com to view all of their tin designs and flavors.

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    Lurie Children’s & Kohl’s


    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, formerly Children’s Memorial, opened the doors to the new, state-of-the-art hospital last summer in The Magnificent Mile district. Lurie Children's, dedicated to the health and well-being of children, offers the latest innovations in pediatric medical care and technology.

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    Attendees stopped by and enjoyed a spin the wheel safety game and learned more about Lurie Children’s facilities, including services and locations.

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    MasterCard® Priceless Chicago®


    MasterCard's Priceless Chicago celebrates the best Chicago has to offer while bringing consumers closer to their passions – dining, sports, shopping, arts and entertainment, and travel – through exclusive experiences and privileged access throughout the Chicagoland area. To stay in the loop on Priceless Chicago access and experiences, click here.

    Lights Festival Lane:
    Attendees stopped by the MasterCard® Priceless® Chicago/BMO Harris Bank® tent to participate in a family-fun holiday photo.

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    Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago


    The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere, is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. Since opening our doors in 1933, the museum has welcomed more than 175 million guests from around the world.

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    Navy Pier


    Historic Navy Pier® is Chicago's lakefront playground as the Midwest's #1 tourist and leisure destination, attracting more than 8.6 million visitors a year. From rides to restaurants, exhibitions to entertainment, shopping to dining cruises and tour boats, Navy Pier has it all - in a location unlike any other!

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    The Peninsula Chicago


    The Peninsula Chicago is the five-star hotel that brought traditional Hong Kong service to a city already renowned for the warmth of its hospitality. The Peninsula has become an integral part of Chicago life and is often the first choice for everything, from accommodation to celebration parties and corporate events.

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    Underwriters Laboratories


    UL is a global independent safety science company with more than a century of expertise innovating safety solutions from the public adoption of electricity to new breakthroughs in sustainability, renewable energy and nanotechnology. Dedicated to promoting safe living and working environments, UL helps safeguard people, products and places in important ways, facilitating trade and providing peace of mind.

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    Water Tower Place


    Water Tower Place is Chicago's premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination! Named for the nearby historic Water Tower, the eight-level vertical shopping center features family-favorites like American Girl Place, Macy's and Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse, plus more than 100 stores, spas and a unique Chicago dining experience. In fact, Water Tower Place features the most stores that are exclusive to downtown Chicago, including The Lego Store, Henri Bendel, Tourneau, Pandora, Cusp by Neiman Marcus and Vera Bradley.


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    Whole Foods


    Whole Foods Market has been providing fresh, wholesome foods to Chicagoland for more than 20 years. At Whole Foods Market we are passionate about real, great tasting food and the pleasure of sharing them with others. We feature the highest quality food available, free of artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, and hydrogenated fats. Choose from our seasonal organic fruits and veggies, sustainable meat and seafood, and carefully selected specialty items. We provide every needed ingredient for at-home cooking, but If time is a concern, we offer those on the go delicious options including hot entrees, savory deli salads, and delicious baked goods.

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