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 presented in 2013!


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    BMO Harris Bank


    Based in Chicago, BMO Harris Bank N.A. provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through over 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, 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. Deposit and loan products and services provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC.

    Lights Festival Lane
    Visitors stopped by the big BMO Harris Bank tent to be part of 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.

    The 10x24’ mural, composed of 2,500 individually painted tiles, remained on display in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue) during the month of December.

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    The BMO Harris Bank Board Game Tent in John Hancock Center Plaza offered endless prizes and activities all day. ESPN Radio talent hosted a life-sized board game where kids can learned helpful steps about managing their money.

    BMO Harris Bank presented a variety of elements, including a doubledecker bus, a sneak peek of the Community Art Project and a float full of mascots waving hello to the crowd. A helium-filled Hubert the Lion balloon sailed down the parade route in style!

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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 lead the parade down Michigan Avenue illuminating 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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    DePaul University


    We are passionate about service and service learning at DePaul University.

    As the nation’s largest Catholic university, we prepare our students to be socially engaged. In fact, thousands of our students support more than 500 area organizations annually through our service-learning courses alone.

    We support Chicago directly, as well. Our Steans Center matches non-profits with academic and other resources at DePaul. We’re proud to say that next year we will launch the Institute for Global Homelessness, making a major contribution to the worldwide fight against homelessness and poverty.

    Learn more about the light DePaul shines in our hometown.  Happy holidays!

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    Southwest Airlines®


    Southwest Airlines® is 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 BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, 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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    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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    John Hancock Observatory


    Located inside the iconic John Hancock Center on the 94th floor, John Hancock Observatory stands in the heart of The Magnificent Mile. Highlights include spectacular 360-degree views spanning 80 miles and four states and the city's only open-air Sky Walk, all accessed by the fastest elevators 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 AM 1300


    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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    93.9 MY fm

    When do you think your Holiday music will start playing on 93.9 MYfm?  If you guess the exact date and time we change to All Holiday Music, you could win $500!  Click here to enter your guess!

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    103.5 KISS FM

    For only around $33, you can get into 103.5 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball, presented by Jam Bluetooth Wireless Speakers December 9th at the United Center.  Featuring Robin Thicke, Enrique Iglesias, Flo Rida, Icona Pop, Avril Lavigne, Travie McCoy, Fifth Harmony.  Get your tickets here!

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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 were the "got candy" team bestowing 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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    Choose Chicago


    Choose Chicago is the official destination marketing organization for Chicago, Illinois. The private, nonprofit organization is responsible for marketing the greater Chicago area as a business and leisure visitor destination. For more information, click here.


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    Connie’s Pizza


    Connie's deep dish pizza has been a Chicago favorite for more than 50 years. Similar to the panned pizza with just an extra amount of goodness. Their deep dish is legendary, being featured at festivals and sporting venues throughout the Chicagoland area.

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    Doubletree Hotel Magnificent Mile


    The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago—Magnificent Mile is among those hotels ideal for leisure or business travel. Located between the famed Magnificent Mile shopping and the excitement of Navy Pier, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - Magnificent Mile is within walking distance to dozens of Chicago's top attractions.

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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.

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    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. You could take a photo with Eli's "Big Cheese" slice and bring a non-perishable food donation for the Greater Chicago Food Depository to receive an additional free cheesecake slice. Those who donated $10 or more received a whole Eli's Cheesecake!


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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.

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    Tins the Season TO SHARE THE LOVE!

    Guests received a complimentary treat size bag of The Chicago Mix at the Garrett Popcorn Shops® booth and a warm cup of delicious CaramelCrisp• Apple Cider for just $2 per cup (of which 100% was donated to Lurie Children's Hospital Heroes for Life).

    And NEW in 2013, SHARE THE MEMORIES at the Garrett photo kiosk. Friends and family climbed aboard our "Garrett Float" to have their picture taken as they waved to adoring fans along The Magnificent Mile, then shared instantly on Facebook or by email!

    The Garrett Popcorn Shops holiday float was entitled, “Tins the Season, To Share the Love”. The float's Signature Stripes guaranteed Garrett! Dressed in holiday style, the float 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. Mmm, along the route, you could smell that enticing aroma and watch as fluffy clouds of gourmet popcorn fell from the sky. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

    Plus, Garrett team members shared bags of their famous Chicago Mix alongside the float. 

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    Landscape Concepts Management


    Landscape Concepts Management is an award-winning commercial landscaping company servicing the entire Chicagoland area. They are also responsible for beautifying many of the properties along North Michigan Avenue to help maintain the district's renowned atmosphere.

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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 this 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.

    Lights Festival Lane
    Kids and families were invited to the Lurie Children's & Kohl's booth to enjoy a new memory safety game, testing knowledge on everything safety. Giveaways included band aids, flashlights and chapstick to keep loved ones safe during the festive activities! Plus, visitors learned about Lurie Children's new 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:
    Guests explored the new BMO Harris Bank Debit MasterCard® Tag through an interactive trivia game for a chance to win prizes from MasterCard Priceless® Chicago.

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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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    Underwriter’s 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, known as America’s Healthiest Grocery Store, seeks out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintains the strictest quality standards in the industry and continues to offer an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture.

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