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The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival would not be possible without all of our sponsors’ support.
See greetings below from sponsors of the 26th annual Lights Festival. Check back during the year as we announce new and returning sponsors for this year's holiday celebration on Saturday, November 17.
BMO Harris Bank presents an immersive virtual reality experience at the BMO Dome, inviting visitors to “Show their Light” by writing a holiday message using Virtual Reality (VR) headsets that will be projected on the 30’ tent. The BMO Harris Bank Kids Zone tent will have larger-than-life games provided by the Chicago Toy and Game Fair, along with free face painting. And this year the first 1,000 kids that stop by the Kids Zone will get a free Hubert bank with an opportunity to earn up to $50 from BMO Harris Bank for their savings account. Details are provided with Hubert bank.
Attendees can stop at one of the three BMO Helper Tents where BMO volunteers and local concierge are ready to answer any questions.
BMO Harris Bank will once again host the all-time favorite mascot float. Benny the Bull, Tommy Hawk, Southpaw, IceHog’s Hammy, Willy the Wildcat and the Milwaukee Bucks Bango will get the crowd going! Also appearing again this year, is the 35-foot Hubert inflatable balloon. BMO Harris Bank will continue with its annual Community Float and Double Decker Bus which this year will be hosting some of Chicago’s finest heroes along with youth from neighborhoods such as Back of the Yards, Englewood, and Lawndale.
It’s 93-9 MYFM, Chicago’s Christmas music station along with their friends from Entenmann’s! This year’s float combines two favorites for all Chicagoans – holiday music and sweet baked goods from Entenmann’s! When MYFM isn’t playing your favorite holiday music, you can hear the Best variety from the 80s to now for Chicago! Stars from today like Maroon 5, Adele and Taylor Swift along with the biggest artists of all time like Bon Jovi, Madonna and Journey. It’s Chicago’s 93-9 MYFM and Entenmann’s, everybody’s got a favorite!
Angelo Gelato Italiano is sharing passion and love of gelato making this holiday season at The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.
Angelo Gelato Italiano is a Gelato Maker, providing innovative All-natural, Non-GMOs, Gluten-Free, quality products locally and nationwide. The company has been in the forefront of the industry since 1969 and offers manufacturing of products such as gelato, sorbet, co-packing, and private label.
You can find Angelo Gelato Italiano handcrafted flavors made daily like his Pistachio, Sea Salt Caramel Fudge, Raspberry Sorbetto in local retail stores, hotels and restaurants Whole Foods, Hilton, Pete’s Fresh Market, Drake, Caputo’s, 312, Tony’s Finer Foods just to name a few.
We strive to innovate, so Angelo works with local artists, chefs, scientists, businesses, and other unique individuals. We draw inspiration from energies and innovation and source fresh milk and cream from our local farms.
While Angelo's is authentically ITALIAN, “Chicagoland is our home and we are committed to making sure the sweetness and economic impact of our gelato is shared through-out the area. We have plans to expand our manufacturing, looking at workforce development where it is most needed.”
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 BlueBuffalo.com.
Brookfield Zoo presents Holiday Magic, Chicago area’s largest lights festival!
Brookfield Zoo’s float is inspired by the amazing experiences you’ll have during the zoo’s annual Holiday Magic event in December. The giant polar bear in the center represents all the animals you’ll meet during Holiday Magic, including polar bears, reindeer, and snow leopards. The lighted trees on the side of the float represent the spectacular lighting displays you can see when you enjoy the zoo’s park-like setting during Holiday Magic. Brookfield Zoo’s float is also accompanied by giant holiday light bulbs, representing the over one million twinkling lights at Holiday Magic.
At Holiday Magic you can also enjoy caroling to the animals, larger than life light displays, a huge Talking Tree, ice carvers, and much more.
Enjoy Holiday Magic December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, plus weeknights December 26 to 31.
Visit BrookfieldZoo.org for more details. HOLIDAY MAGIC IS PRESENTED BY COM-ED AND MEIJER.
Home is where you celebrate together. As the city of Chicago's official destination marketing organization, we hope you enjoy your visit and take advantage of the many holiday activities in the coming weeks, including Caroling at Cloud Gate, Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier or ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo. And, mark your calendars for Chicago Restaurant Week (January 26 - February 8, 2018) and Chicago Theatre Week (February 8-18, 2018). Find out more at choosechicago.com.
Don't forget to use #ChicagoHome to share your favorite Chicago photos! Happy holidays!
Connie’s Pizza is a family-owned pizzeria known best for its Chicago style deep dish, Italian beef, and fresh pasta. Back in 1963, Jim Stolfe's Oldsmobile Starfire was exchanged for a small storefront pizzeria on 26th Street on Chicago's South Side. That storefront became the original home of Connie's Pizza, which is now located at 2373 S. Archer Ave. Since then, Connie’s Pizza has expanded to McCormick Place, Glen Ellyn, and to grocery stores nationwide with its frozen pizza line. Connie’s is currently the official pizza of the United Center. For more information, call (312)-CONNIES or visit www.conniespizza.com.
An integrated energy strategy incorporating power, gas and efficiency upgrades can reduce one of the top five operating costs to your business.
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If you’re interested in learning more about integrated solutions for electricity, natural gas, energy efficiency and more—and seeing how teaming up with Constellation, the endorsed electricity supplier to The Magnificent Mile® Association, can help you make informed decisions about energy management—go to constellation.com/TakeChargeMM.
Come Share the Magic at the Disney Store booth where families can take a photo in our wintry wonderland, make a wish on our wishing tree and receive and exclusive Disney Store offer! Be sure to stop by the Disney Store Michigan Ave and purchase your light up necklace in preparation for the parade!
The Eli’s Cheesecake Company is the country’s largest specialty cheesecake bakery, creating 50+ varieties of desserts on Chicago’s northwest side since 1980. Although Eli’s, still a family-owned business, has grown a lot over the past 35 years, they still take their time to create the highest quality desserts by using the finest ingredients like pure Madagascar vanilla, slow baking in small batches, and hand decorating each so it tastes as good as it looks. Eli’s cheesecakes are certified kosher and contain no artificial trans fats. It is their mission to support local farmers, vendors and small businesses whenever possible.
For more, visit www.elicheesecake.com.
A Chicago chocolate legend that first came to this beloved city nearly 100 years ago, Frango® will be celebrating their centennial anniversary next year. That is going to be one sweet celebration you don't want to miss.
Not only does Frango® have a brand new look, coming soon is a brand new home right here on Michigan Avenue in Water Tower Place! As soon as you walk in you'll be greeted with the new Frango® gem colored boxes and bows - which you can personalize to create your own custom gifts. And if you can't make it downtown, they will have another boutique opening in O'Hare International Airport as well as a brand new website - www.Frango.com. Prepare to be amazed.
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.
Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is a not-for-profit organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation and educates the public about donation in Illinois and northwest Indiana. Our mission is to save and enhance the lives of as many people as possible through organ and tissue donation. Since 1986, we have saved the lives of more than 24,000 organ transplant recipients and improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of tissue transplant recipients.
The theme of our float is "Share the Light, Be an Organ & Tissue Donor." Riding on the float are the families of Chris Lenzini and D’Anthony Fryerson, both of whom turned tragedy into triumph by being organ and tissue donors. Jacob Lenzini is helping Gift of Hope spread the word that the Drive for Life Act was signed into law, allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to register to be organ and tissue donors, beginning January 1, 2018.
The photos on the float represent families and their loved ones who gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation. What an amazing gift!
For more information, visit Giftofhope.org.
Hilton’s forty-foot locomotive float will steam along The Magnificent Mile, jingling and mingling to the musical teen sensation, Alec Joseph as Michigan Avenue illuminates the start of your holiday season during the BMO Harris Lights Festival procession.
The celebration doesn’t stop there.
These Hilton Hotels in Chicago have countless celebrations to add some sparkle throughout your holiday season. Little musketeers (and parents) will delight with a Lights Festival Buffet celebration overlooking the procession at The Drake, a Hilton Hotel. Future chefs will love the cookie decorating class at the Hilton Chicago and your little ballerinas will delight at the enchanting Joffrey Ballet Nutcracker Tea at Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel.
Learn more about holiday events, seasonal celebrations and exclusive holiday savings at all 21 Hilton Hotels surrounding the Magnificent Mile this holiday season. Visit Hilton.com
From horse and buggy home deliveries to today's state-of-the-art supermarkets, Jewel-Osco takes great pride in being Chicago's local go-to grocer for 118 years. With 187 store locations everywhere from Alsip to Zion and beyond, customers can find a convenient Jewel-Osco right in their neighborhood.
Whether it's for a quick dinner fix of their top-rated fried chicken or an elegant entree featuring USDA Choice beef, it's easy to see why so many have counted on Jewel-Osco for consistent quality, value, and variety since 1899.
With the holiday season fast approaching, Jewel-Osco can help you ease into entertaining with everything from festive party trays and delicious dinner to custom-baked cakes, fruit platters, and other crowd-pleasers.
As a sponsor of the annual Lights Festival, Jewel-Osco is proud to be a part of such a special Chicagoland tradition- and looks forward to helping usher in the 2017 holiday season for local residents and international visitors alike.
For more, visit www.jewelosco.com.
Lands’ End has been delivering holiday cheer to their customers since 1963. That’s why all of us at Lands’ End are proud to support this year’s BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Be sure to stop by our booth at Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court to meet our team who will have special holiday giveaways and a chance to be “Santa For a Day”!
Join us Friday, November 17 starting at 4 p.m. and Saturday, November 18 starting at 11 a.m.
With something for everyone on the gift list, outstanding home items to deck the halls and legendary customer services, Lands' End has earned its reputation for being "The Holiday Makers." Moreover, we make the holidays simple with our legendary Guaranteed. Period.® return policy.
For more information, please visit www.landsend.com.
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago & Kohl’s Cares have teamed up once again and proudly sponsor the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.
Lurie Children’s, previously Children’s Memorial, opened in 2012 just steps from the Magnificent Mile. This beautiful, brand new state-of-the-art building offers patients and families more comforts while in the hospital like private rooms, and family great rooms along with their compassionate, superior care from the best nurses and doctors for kids. Plus, all of the latest innovations in pediatric medical care and technology.
Since 2000 Kohl's Cares has donated more than $11 million to Lurie Children’s. Kohl’s donations to Lurie Children’s fund the “Play it Safe with Kohl’s” program, which allows the hospital to distribute home safety materials and participate in community events, building awareness of important safety topics like preventing falls, playground safety, and sport injury prevention. Thanks to Kohl’s, Lurie Children’s is able to extend its reach beyond the hospital walls to children and families across the city. Chicago is so lucky to have such a special place dedicated to the health and well-being of our kids.
Northwestern Medicine is once again proud to be part of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. This year’s float features the Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. Riding the float are cardiovascular patients, as well as their family members to show the impact heart care can have on those closest to you.
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is consistently recognized as one of the elite programs in the nation, ranking highest in Illinois for 10 straight years, and top 10 in the nation, for cardiology and heart surgery, by U.S. News & World Report, 2017-18. Through the integration of education and research, their patient-focused, multidisciplinary clinical team achieves among the best survival in the nation from the most commonly occurring cardiovascular conditions to the most complex.
Northwestern Medicine is Chicago’s premier integrated academic health system, providing patients access to world-class care through seven hospitals and more than 100 locations in communities stretching from Chicago, to the suburbs and throughout Northern Illinois.
Together with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, they are pushing boundaries in research labs, training the next generation of physicians and pursuing excellence in patient care.
Whether it’s a routine check up, a complex procedure or a lifelong condition, what makes Northwestern Medicine better, makes you better.
For decades, Peet’s Coffee®, The Original Craft Coffee™, has celebrated each holiday season with bold blends and enticing beverages, like our Holiday Spiced Latte and Winter Solstice Tea Latte, that are synonymous with cheer. The festivities of the season and expertly handcrafted beverages go hand in hand. We’re proud of our Coffee team for continuing the tradition of a Holiday Blend made with the year’s best beans, ones that conjure the heartwarming flavors and aromas that memories are made of.
The Peet’s Coffee 2017 Holiday Blend is crafted with beans from Guatemala for notes of bittersweet chocolate, Sumatra for a hint of warm spice, and Ethiopia for a floral citric twist. Whether paired with festive indulgences or sipped on its own, the Holiday Blend is sure to delight holiday guests.
Peet’s Coffee is committed to crafting the finest coffee by sourcing the highest quality beans from around the world, hand-roasting them in small batches and adhering to the same exacting standards that Alfred Peet set when he opened the first Peet's Coffeebar in 1966 in Berkeley, California.
Stop by our Peet’s Coffeebar at 410 North Michigan Avenue to pick up some Holiday Blend today or visit www.peets.com/store-locator to find a Peet’s Coffee near you.
Radio Disney has new music, interviews and exclusive behind the scenes moments from this year’s biggest artists, including Camila Cabello, Sofia Carson, Shawn Mendes, Kelsea Ballerina, Nick Jonas and more.
Plus you can request songs, enter contests, and more! It’s all the holiday fun of your favorite station the way you like it.
Listen to Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country 24/7 on the Radio Disney App!
At RAM Racing we are passionate about creating races that give our participants an unforgettable emotional experience from start to finish. Our portfolio of races takes you all over the city of Chicago and the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k takes you all over the country. See RAM Racing to view our upcoming 2018 race schedule and choose where you will run in 2018!
Visit RAM Racing at Lights Festival Lane to see first-hand where our unique RUN MAG MILE race takes place. This one of a kind event does something no other race gets to do, run The Magnificent Mile. This One Day To Run event celebrates the culture of our city and provides a unique way to see these iconic places in Chicago.
Start the season right with a Holiday Breakfast at Shedd Aquarium! On select Saturdays and Sundays in December, enjoy breakfast and hot chocolate, The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience, a visit from Santa, time for kids in Polar Play Zone and reserved seats to the all-new aquatic presentation. That’s just the start! See how Shedd has decked its halls with the sustainable splendor of Wreath-Cycled, more than 100 holiday wreaths with a conservation theme, crafted by Chicago-area schoolchildren using only “art materials” from their recycling bins. The “reduce, reuse, repurpose” theme continues with the Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea special exhibit. This colorful collection of 16 larger-than-life sculptures of aquatic animals is made entirely from plastic beach trash. Start a family holiday tradition now by planning a visit to Shedd Aquarium!
Subaru is a proud sponsor of the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival again this year to bring joy to families throughout the Chicagoland area.
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 EyeSight, Subaru models received Top Safety Pick +, 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/engineering/eyesight.html.
T-Mobile’s Signature Store at 700 North Michigan Avenue is a proud supporter of the 26th Annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. The store is an immersive wireless shopping experience, featuring massive LED video walls, interactive touch-screens, and unmatched customer engagement and care.
As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 69.6 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS. For more information, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.
Texas de Brazil is delighted to be a participant in this year’s BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival parade, a first-ever for the Brazilian-American Steakhouse. Texas de Brazil proudly continues its longstanding partnership with The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago, Northern Indiana and Columbus, Ohio, by spreading holiday cheer as it hosts three families supported by the charity on this year’s float.
Texas de Brazil is a Brazilian-American steakhouse, or churrascaria, that takes the time-honored tradition of churrasco-style cooking and combines it with generous southern hospitality and superior service. Family-owned and operated in the US, Texas de Brazil has become the world’s largest Brazilian steakhouse group with 53 restaurants …and they’re still growing!
Located just steps away from The Magnificent Mile, Texas de Brazil invites you to fuel up for holiday festivities with endless servings of flame-grilled meats and a gourmet salad area.
Visit www.texasdebrazil.com to reserve your experience.
This year marks UIC’s first year as a participant in the BMO Harris Mag Mile Lights Festival featuring Disney’s Asher Angel, known as Jonah Beck from the hit show, Andi Mack. UIC also celebrates Homecoming Week! Tonight, we have our Homecoming Court and some of UIC’s students are riding in the float/marching today as representatives of UIC’s more than 250+ student organizations and 30 Fraternity & Sorority Life chapters. The UIC community is proud to be part of the fabric of this great city!
Coming up to the Corner of Happy and Healthy...we find Walgreens! Walgreens is happy to be sponsor once again of the BMO Harris Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Walgreens – one the nation’s largest drugstore chains – has all the holiday essentials you need and a surprising selection of small gifts you’ll feel good about giving.
Walgreens has more than 8,000 stores across the country, including TWO stores on the Magnificent Mile: a beautiful flagship store in the historic Wrigley Building on the south end of the mile, and its busy store at Chicago Avenue has been serving Chicagoans and visitors since 1965!
At these and our other stores in communities across America, more than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens every day, including online and on mobile devices. With a new, broader assortment of gifts for him, her and home, as well as exclusive beauty gift sets and customizable photo gifts, Walgreens makes it easy to find small gifts (many under $25) that people will appreciate.
We are certainly at the corner of Happy & Healthy at the Lights Festival! Learn more at Walgreens.com.
WGN Radio AM 720, the 2016 Illinois Broadcasters Association Chicago Market Station of the Year and Marconi Station of the Year finalist, has been dedicated to being the #1 source of Chicagoland news, information, entertainment and sports. WGN Radio is the official broadcaster of the Chicago Blackhawks and Northwestern University. You can listen for holiday stories and traffic updates on 720 on the WGN Radio mobile app, wgnradio.com, TuneIn or iHeart Radio. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wgnradio and follow us on Twitter @WGNRadio.
All the best: This time of year, only the best will do. If you need something uniquely delicious, Whole Foods Market can help you find it...and best of all, there’s plenty more where it came from.
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