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 during our 25th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, November 19, 2016!


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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


    Moments at Disney Parks take on extra magic. They happen every second of every day.  Moments big and little that will never, ever be forgotten.  And there’s no better place to make family history because, unforgettable happens here.

    Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida is a contiguous, nearly 40-square-mile, world-class vacation destination featuring four not-to-be-missed theme parks (Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park , Epcot®, Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Magic Kingdom® Park); two water adventure parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon);  25 Disney hotels; and  the recently expanded Disney Springs with one-of-a-kind shopping and waterfront dining.

    Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse lead the parade down Michigan Avenue and illuminate more than one million lights on 200 trees to kick off the holiday season! Plus, their friends from Walt Disney World® come cruising down the route in double decker buses and on floats. Chip ‘n’ Dale, Goofy, Pluto, Donald and Daisy are 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 is a proud sponsor of this year’s BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival to bring joy to families throughout the Chicagoland area. Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive vehicles will lead 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. EyeSight is an extra set of eyes on the road, and if need be, an extra foot on the brake when you drive. When equipped with Subaru EyeSight, the 2015 Subaru Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and Crosstrek models received the highest possible score in front crash prevention by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To learn more about EyeSight and Subaru, visit http://www.subaru.com.

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    Attendees are invited to stop by the Subaru tent and check out the full line of symmetrical all-wheel drive vehicles. While there, you’ll be treated to a professional ice carving demonstration and holiday themed giveaways. Subaru’s goal is to keep you and your family safe and confident on the road in all weather conditions.

    While there, be sure to ask about our annual Share the Love event. For every new Subaru purchased between November 19th and January 2nd, Subaru will donate $250 to those in need.




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    93.9 MYfm Chicago’s Christmas Music Station


    93-9 MYFM is Chicago’s Christmas music station! When MYFM isn’t playing your favorite holiday music, you can hear Chicago’s best music variety. Stars from today like Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Swift along with the biggest artists of all time like Bon Jovi, Madonna and Journey. It’s Chicago’s new 93-9 MYFM.

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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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    Blue Buffalo


    Often the light of our days, our pets make our lives brighter. All of us at Blue Buffalo are proud to support this year’s BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Be sure to keep an eye out for the BLUE float and stop by our tent to visit with our team who will have treats, coupons and more to give away!

    Because we think of our pets as family members, we believe that we should feed them with the same care as family. That’s why all BLUE foods feature delicious, real meat plus wholesome fruits and veggies. And our recipes don’t include things like chicken (or poultry) by-product meal, corn, wheat or soy.

    For more information on BLUE foods please visit our website.

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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 December 5 – December 31 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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    British International School of Chicago


    British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park is the only Nursery – Grade 5, private school offering rigorous academics through individualized, global and innovative hands-on-learning experiences. Our individualized approach to learning supports ambitious students who achieve their best selves academically, socially and emotionally. We connect our students amongst the 42 Nord Anglia Education schools worldwide, and these meaningful interactions and collaborations provide a truly international education.

    Our Lincoln Park campus offers a large recently renovated facility with state of the art classrooms and specialist areas. Our students use our STEAM corridor to explore robotics, arts, the maker space, science labs and aspects of design and technology. A large gymnasium and multiple indoor/outdoor play spaces is just one of the reasons families both across Chicago and internationally find our urban campus desirable.

    The best way to learn about BISC, Lincoln Park is to come in and see our dynamic staff and ambitious students in action. Tours are available; please inquire at admissions@bischicagolp.org or (773) 506-2097.

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    Since 2007, Chicago entrepreneur Terese McDonald has been uncovering her customer’s personality connections to their confections at her Candyality Lakeview, Andersonville and two Michigan Avenue locations.  Drawing on childhood memories like the candy counter at the local five & dime, gumdrops, chocolate and lollipops and more, Terese, a born and bred Chicagoan who dreamt of starting her own business felt Candyality was just the sort of unique shop and concept that her city needed.  What does your candy choices say about you?  Visit any Candyality location or shop the company’s website and have the candy experts reveal their findings.  Aimed at being more than just a location to satisfy one’s sweet tooth, Candyality hopes to become a business and concept as widely accepted as reading tea leaves, tarot cards, or zodiac charts.  While no definitive scientific research can be quoted, a delicious and comprehensive body of work has uncovered many personality links.  A refreshing retail destination and an unforgettable customer experience, Candyality is a new take on the corner candy store proving the old adage, “You are what you eat!”

    Candyality's "Lollipop Lane" float makes its way down the parade route adorned with thousands of colorful lights and candy-scaped lollipops. Trailing behind the float is the "got candy" team who bestowes 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 Transit Authority (CTA)


    The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the nation's second largest public transportation system and covers the City of Chicago and 35 surrounding suburbs. On an average weekday, approximately 1.7 million rides are taken on CTA buses and trains.

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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


    Synonymous with quality pizza and Italian specialties, Connie’s Pizza has been serving Chicago since 1963. We’re still family owned which guarantees a continued commitment to the highest standards of service. Our restaurants are perfect for any occasion, offering an intimate setting for both private and semi-private dining for up to 300 guests. Our delivery trucks are equipped with ovens to ensure your order arrives to you piping hot. We offer dine in, carry out, delivery, and full service catering options seven days a week. Open 11 a.m. to late night. Call (312)-CONNIES.


    Conrad Chicago Hotel


    The new Conrad Chicago Hotel is a stunning luxury hotel that will be located on Michigan Avenue and Erie Street, opening in Spring  2016. Designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, the hotel’s location inspires you to explore the incredible culinary, cultural, shopping, and entertainment venues that surround the hotel.  With exceptional views of the Chicago Skyline and Michigan Avenue, the hotel appeals to a new generation of luxury traveler for whom life, business and pleasure seamlessly intersect.

    At Conrad we understand that traveling isn’t just about the destination, it’s about the journey. And how you use every moment. That’s why we’ve curated a list of quintessential experiences called Conrad 1/3/5. Each experience reflects a local take on culture, art, food, and adventure, so you can now make the most of your trip, even when time is at a premium. Whether you are joining friends at the rooftop restaurant overlooking The Magnificent Mile, or meeting colleagues in the  exclusive Conrad Club your stay will be inspiring. Never just stay. Stay inspired. See the inspirational stories at stayinspired.com. #stayinspiredchicago

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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.


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    Fannie May


    From the opening of our first store on LaSalle Street back in 1920, Fannie May has been proud to call Chicago home.  Our commitment to our customers, the purity of our ingredients, and the uncompromising taste and quality of our recipes have remained unchanged, a reflection of our Chicago roots. Over the years, Fannie May has become a hometown favorite, joining the city in celebrating family occasions from Easter to Valentine’s Day, and city festivals and events like the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Be sure to stop by and visit us in Pioneer Court during the Festival for sweet treats and fun for everyone.

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    Fleetmatics Group PLC (NYSE: FLTX) is a leading global provider of mobile workforce solutions for service-based businesses of all sizes delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS). Our solutions enable businesses to meet the challenges associated with managing local fleets, and improve the productivity of their mobile workforces, by extracting actionable business intelligence from real-time and historical vehicle and driver behavioral data.

    Fleetmatics Group's intuitive, cost-effective Web-based solutions provide fleet operators with visibility into vehicle location, fuel usage, speed and mileage, and other insights into their mobile workforce, enabling them to reduce operating and capital costs, as well as increase revenue. An integrated, full-featured mobile workforce management product provides additional efficiencies related to job management by empowering the field worker and speeding the job completion process - quote through payment. As of March 31, 2015, Fleetmatics served approximately 28,000 customers, with approximately 594,000 subscribed vehicles worldwide. Fleetmatics has used, and intends to continue to use, the investor relations portions of its website as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with disclosures obligations under Regulation FD.

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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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    “BrighTin the Holidays”

    Visit the Garrett Popcorn Shops® booth for a complimentary Treat Size Bag of Garrett Mix® and a warm cup of our delicious CaramelCrisp® Apple Cider. Donations will benefit Lurie Children's Circle of Friends.

    Here comes the Garrett Popcorn Shops® holiday float entitled, “BrighTin the Holidays.” Those classic Signature Stripes guarantee Garrett! Dressed in holiday style, the float features a festive 20-foot tall, Red and Green Signature Striped Tin.

    This is Garrett Popcorn Shops® fifth year participating in the paradeOn board, the chefs are handcrafting Garrett Popcorn's secret family CaramelCrisp® recipe in old-fashioned copper kettles, the same way Garrett dos in Shops throughout each day.


    A Chicago Tradition since 1949, every small batch of Garrett Popcorn is handmade throughout the day using only the highest quality ingredients. Garrett Popocrn Team Members share bags of their famous Garrett Mix® along the parade route.

    Unwrap your favorite flavor this holiday season. Visit GarrettPopcorn.com to view all of their unique tin designs and signature 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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    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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    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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    We have a pretty strong hunch that joy is better when shared – in fact, a recent survey from Reddi-wip shows that 94 percent agree joy is more intense when shared with others. Whether it’s curling up with a fresh cup of cocoa or taking a bite of warm pie (topped with a whoosh of Reddi-wip, of course!) the holiday season is the perfect time to come together to #ShareTheJoy with your loved ones; because the more contagious the smile, the more joyful we are!

    Reddi-wip is proud to #ShareTheJoy this holiday season at the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. In partnership with ABC Family, we’ll be sharing joy (and maybe even some special treats!) near Santa himself. Take your picture with a giant can of Reddi-wip after your photo with Santa and use #ShareTheJoy when sharing on social media.

    Visit reddiwip.com and its social media outlets, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for joyful content and tips.

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    Shedd Aquarium


    ’Tis the season for festive holiday fun at Shedd Aquarium! Thirty-two thousand creatures are stirring! Dolphins are leaping and penguins are marching in Shedd’s festive aquatic show, Holiday One World. Situated on the shore of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium is the “must-sea” destination in Chicago, with its long-standing rank as the city’s No. 1-attended paid cultural attraction. Nearly 2 million guests walk through our doors to experience the wonders of the aquatic world. Visitors come from near and far to explore the world’s oceans, rivers and reefs as well as the new special exhibit, Amphibians, and have a chance to meet the 32,000 animals that call Shedd home.

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    Sport Clips


    Visit Sport Clips for the ultimate MVP Haircut Experience! Stylists who know men’s hairstyles – from the classic haircut to cutting edge, we have the expertise and experience to create the perfect look for you. No appointment ever, walk-ins are welcome – just come in any time. You’re always welcome for a mini Man Break. The MVP Experience – precision haircut, legendary hot steamed towel, massaging shampoo and relaxing neck and shoulder treatment. Beard trimming and detailing – keep your scruff neat and in line. We also provide free neck trims between visits.

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    Apparel that comes from the Japanese values of simplicity, quality and longevity. Designed to be of the time and for the time, LifeWear is made with such modern elegance that it becomes the building blocks of each individual’s style. A perfect shirt that is always being made more perfect. The simplest design hiding the most thoughtful and modern details. The best in fit and fabric made to be affordable and accessible to all. LifeWear is clothing that is constantly being innovated, bringing more warmth, more lightness, better design, and better comfort to people’s lives.

    UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world's most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a truly global brand. Today the company has a total of more than 1,600 stores in 17 markets worldwide including Japan, Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and the U.S. In addition, Grameen UNIQLO, a social business established in Bangladesh in September 2010, currently operates several Grameen UNIQLO stores in Dhaka. UNIQLO manages an integrated business model under which it designs, manufactures, markets and sells high-quality, casual apparel. The company believes that truly great clothes should be supremely comfortable, feature universal designs, are of high quality and offer a superb fit to everyone who wears them.

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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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