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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 27th 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.
Make the holidays brighter and join in the festivities at the BMO Kids Zone featuring face painting, a decoration station, and photo booth at Lights Festival Lane. We’re here to help you at the BMO Helper Tent if you have any questions.
During the parade, check out the BMO mascot float. BMO’s very own Hubert T. Lion will be joined by his friends Benny the Bull, Tommy Hawk, Southpaw, Hammy, Bango, and Bucky. Speaking of Hubert, the giant 35-foot Hubert balloon will be marching down Michigan Avenue too.
BMO is also excited to host students from Chicago’s CPS Scores program on our float along with other groups like Instituto del Progreso, After School Matters, and One Goal.
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!
Since 2007, ABC 7 Chicago has teamed up with the Magnificent Mile Association to ring in the holidays with the broadcast of the BMO Harris Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Capturing the magic of the season, the ABC 7 special, hosted by Alan Krashesky and Cheryl Burton, features musical performances, Disney characters including Mickey and Minnie, an appearance by Santa and a grand finale of dazzling fireworks.
ABC 7 is Chicago’s #1 choice for news and the most watched television station in Chicago. You can find ABC 7 Chicago on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @abc7chicago and online at abc7chicago.com.
Angelo Gelato Italiano is sharing passion, happiness and love of gelato making this holiday season with the Michigan Mile Lights Festival!
Angelo Quercia is a local Gelato Maker here in Chicago, providing innovative custom handcrafted flavors; made fresh daily.
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 labeling for local chefs, restaurants, hotels, and retail; both local and nationwide.
Angelo Gelato Italiano. Pure Satisfaction.
Low in fat. High in flavor.
All natural, non-GMO, and Gluten-free.
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.
Chicagoland’s largest and longest-running lights festival is back and ready to delight families with more than one million LED lights, new displays, and activities that will get everyone in the holiday spirit. Brookfield Zoo’s 37th annual Holiday Magic, presented by ComEd and Meijer, will take place on Saturdays and Sundays, December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and the week of December 26-31. The zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day of the event.
New this year, guests will be able to take a spin on the Chicago Wolves Skating Rink on the East Mall. Additionally, Brookfield Zoo will be aglow with light displays throughout the park. The North and South Mall will showcase spectacular larger-than-life animal figures featuring a bear, giraffe, and bison. Just south of The Carousel, guests can walk through a nearly 20-foot-tall lit orb—making for memorable photo opportunities. Finally, lining the walkways along the zoo’s four malls and around the fountain will be nearly 600 lit trees decorated with ornaments by Chicagoland communities and corporations.
Each night of Holiday Magic will feature a full schedule of music and live entertainment in the Holly Jolly Theater, professional ice carving demonstrations, magic shows, costumed characters who will greet zoogoers of all ages, a model train display, and an animated video accompanied to holiday tunes that will illuminate the front of The Swamp. For more information and a complete schedule of Holiday Magic activities and entertainment, visit CZS.org/HolidayMagic.
The Chicago Blackhawks are opening a Hockey House on the first floor of 333 N. Michigan Ave, on the corner of Wacker and Michigan. The Pop Up will be open to all fans throughout the month of December, leading into the Winter Classic when the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium. The Hockey House will be filled with one-of-a-kind team exhibits, exclusive Winter Classic merchandise, and much more!
Additional details can be found at chicagoblackhawks.com!
Now entering its 22nd season in Major League Soccer, the Chicago Fire Soccer Club is celebrating the holiday season like never before. Pay a visit to the first-ever Chicago Fire Holiday Pop-Up Shop on the first floor of the iconic Wrigley Building (400 N Michigan Ave.), where the Fire are bringing the world’s game to life on The Magnificent Mile now through January 13. Shop the latest gear from the Chicago Fire—including jerseys, scarves, outerwear, headwear and more—as well as a selection of apparel from the world’s top clubs to find the perfect gift for the soccer fan in your life. While you’re there, try your hand at a game of Soccer Skeeball, foosball or EA SPORTS FIFA19!
Can’t make it to our location at the Mag Mile? You can shop online anytime for the perfect holiday present at ShopChicagoFire.com.
If gifting your friends and family with an unforgettable experience is more your style, visit Chicago-Fire.com or call 888-MLS-FIRE to learn about a wide range of ticket options for the 2019 Major League Soccer season kicking off in March. Season Ticket packages and multi-game plans are on sale now, with group and single-game tickets becoming available following the upcoming release of the Fire’s 2019 schedule.
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!
An integrated energy strategy incorporating power, gas and efficiency upgrades can reduce one of the top five operating costs to your business.
As you think about your electricity or natural gas supply requirements, imagine reducing your total energy budget and usage at the same time through high-impact energy conservation measures. Constellation’s Efficiency Made Easy® (EME) is a solution that can play an integral role in achieving your strategic financial and environmental goals.
EME provides an opportunity for you to pay for conservation measures — with no upfront capital — through monthly charges that appear on your competitive power or gas supply bill from Constellation.
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.
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.
Whether it’s road tripping down Route 66, exploring one of many state parks or dining in a Michelin star restaurant- Illinois is the perfect destination for anyone seeking an amazing getaway.
This year marks Illinois’ Bicentennial anniversary, and the Illinois Office of Tourism is celebrating 200 years of contributions to architecture, history, culture, agriculture, sports and more!
Visit EnjoyIllinois.com for trip ideas and travel inspiration, and share your own amazing Illinois adventures on social media using #EnjoyIllinois
We're Illinois - are YOU up for Amazing?
Introducing a new perspective in the heart of Chicago, offering upscale dining and unparalleled views. Dining cruises aboard Odyssey Chicago River will feature the same three-course gourmet lunch and dinner menus as Odyssey Lake Michigan, as well as the same brunch buffet and a similar cocktail menu. The boat cruises year-round, including Holiday cruises!
Create unforgettable memories with our lunch, brunch and dinner cruises on the Chicago River. Learn more at odysseycruises.com.
A Chicago chocolate legend, Frango is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year! Founded in Seattle and brought to Chicago in the late 1920s, Frango’s Milk Mint and other chocolate recipes have been a holiday staple for generations. Available with customizable boxes and bows, visit frango.com to browse all the chocolates in their collection. Join the Frango tradition!
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 holiday tin designs and recipes.
Headquartered right here in Chicago for over 100 years, Greeley and Hansen is excited to be part of Chicago’s 2018 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade! A global leader in engineering, Greeley and Hansen is focused exclusively on serving the needs of the water sector. Specifically, we design water infrastructure systems and facilities that improve the quality of life in communities across the U.S. and across the globe. Our mission is to design better urban environments – worldwide. And, that’s a responsibility that we take seriously, and something we’re proud to have been doing for this great city since our founding in 1914.
As an environmentally focused global engineering firm, we believe it’s important for us to be a sponsor of this amazing event that brings together Chicago’s diverse people and communities to celebrate the holiday season!
Join The Drake, a Hilton Hotel, Hilton Chicago and Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel as Michigan Avenue comes a-glow to kick-off the holiday season. This year’s float combines a 40 foot locomotive and musical sensation, Alec Joseph to jingle and mingle during Chicago’s largest holiday tradition.
Kick off your holiday season with the BMO Harris Lights Festival and continue the magic of the season with a Hiltons of Chicago stay to explore all The Magnificent Mile has to offer. With rates beginning at $116/night, you can add a little holiday sparkle to experience countless holiday inspired celebrations and events in Chicago with an overnight Chicago Dibs package stay. Visit HiltonsofChicagoDibs.com
The Illinois Lottery is teaming up with BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival to give you the gift of possibilities! Come by the giant pot of gold on Lights Festival Lane for Holiday Instant Tickets, a gift with purchase, a chance to win a dream staycation, Bulls game tickets, or a stocking full of Holiday Instant Tickets. Look for the Illinois Lottery float filled with stocking stuffers, and your favorite holiday tunes!
Check friends and family off your list by filling their stocking with something that can fill their pockets... Holiday Instant Tickets from the Illinois Lottery! For gift ideas, visit IllinoisLottery.com/holiday.
Play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play.
Lakeshore Beverage is a beverage distributor that is deeply passionate about bringing beers and beverages with great liquid and compelling stories to Chicagoland. This holiday season, Lakeshore Beverage is proud to support the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.
Whether it is Chicago’s own Goose Island Beer or Stella Artois Belgian Lager, originally crafted as a gift for the people of Leuven, Belgium and named after the holiday star… Lakeshore Beverage toasts the City of Chicago and wishes everyone a safe and joyous holiday. Please drink responsibly.
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 proud to have 4 hospitals ranked among “America’s Best” by U.S. News & World Report, 2018-19.Anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the #1 hospital in Illinois for seven straight years, Northwestern Medicine is leading the quest for better care and better treatments in the Chicagoland area. Because what makes us better, makes you better.®
Learn more at nm.org/better.
We are Pork & Mindy’s. We are creative BBQ. It’s based on passion. Our Founder Kevin Corsello was on a long drive and feeling homesick for quality BBQ, when he dreamed of combining three of his passions: food, music and art, or as he calls it, “The Holy Grail” of experiences. He called his long-time friend Jeff Mauro, Emmy-Nominated Celebrity Chef, and it was an immediate melding of the minds for two Italian kids from Chicago who are happiest behind a grill or slow-smoker enjoying great food together with friends and family. Together they began shaping a vision for a brand that at its core would do what food, music and art has always done: bring people together.
Pink Taco, the iconic, playful Mexican restaurant brand located in River North, is excited to light up the grill and be the first-ever food truck to participate in the 2018 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival! Brandy, Pink Taco’s “taco truck,” will be serving up street-style tacos, Mexican Hot Chocolate, and more to warm up attendees along North Michigan Avenue.
A rock star hotspot, Pink Taco offers a signature blend of energy, passion, and always made from scratch fare to Chicago. Pink Taco is truly a community pillar, supporting the River North neighborhood, partnering with local charities and giving back.
For more information, please visit www.pinktaco.com or call (312) 212-5566. Follow Pink Taco on Instagram at @pinktacochicago to get exclusive offers and delicious foodie news.
RAM’s mission is to create and execute race parties that elicit an unforgettable and unimaginable emotional experience from start to finish for runners of all levels. An event company for more than fifteen years, the RAM Racing brand has become synonymous with the highest quality USATF officially certified and sanctioned running races that also maintain a family-friendly race environment. RAM’s top of the line participant goodie bags paired with efficient registration and timing processes appeal to elite and first-time runners alike.
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!
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. With families in mind, Subaru is proud to present the all-new 3-row 2019 Subaru AscentTM. It’s the largest and most versatile Subaru ever, with seating up to 8 passengers. When you’re ready for life’s next big adventure, the all-new 2019 Subaru AscentTM is ready to take you to new heights. To learn more about the all-new Ascent, visit https://www.subaru.com/vehicles/ascent/index.html.
At Subaru, we care about you and your family’s safety. That’s why every Ascent includes standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. Like a second pair of eyes on the road ahead, EyeSight® monitors traffic movement, optimizes cruise control, and warns you when you’re swaying outside your lane. The Pre-Collision Braking feature can even apply full braking force, bringing you to a complete stop in emergency situations. It’s another way Subaru designs vehicles with your safety in mind. To learn more about EyeSight and Subaru, visit http://www.subaru.com/engineering/eyesight.html.
We love being a part of Chicago and The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival! If you’re a downtown Chicago resident or visiting the Mag Mile, the Mobile Experts at our 700 N. Michigan store will treat you like a rock star. Stop in at your convenience or make an appointment online – whatever fits your busy schedule. We’ll help you find the right phone and plan, and hook you up with all the unique benefits of being a T-Mobile customer, like a free Pandora Plus subscription, discounts and exclusive access to Live Nation events, Netflix included on family plans, free Gogo Wi-Fi on domestic flights, freebies and deals each week on T-Mobile Tuesdays and a dedicated Team of Experts who provide the best customer service in the industry.
Texas de Brazil is delighted to be back again as a participant in this year’s BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival parade. Texas de Brazil proudly continues its longstanding partnership with The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago, Northwest Indiana and Columbus, Ohio, by spreading holiday cheer as it hosts families supported by the charity on this year’s float.
Texas de Brazil is a Brazilian-American steakhouse, or churrascaria, that features endless servings of flame-grilled beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and Brazilian sausage as well as an extravagant salad area with a wide aware of seasonal chef-crafted items. Family-owned and operated in the US, Texas de Brazil recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary and has become the world’s largest Brazilian steakhouse group with 59 restaurants …and they’re still growing!
Located just steps away from The Magnificent Mile, Texas de Brazil invites you to carve a new experience with perfectly seasoned grilled meats cooked over a wood-charcoal fire, plus a chef-crafted salad area.
Visit www.texasdebrazil.com to reserve your experience.
No visit to The Magnificent Mike Lights Festival would be complete without a light up necklace or wand for the kids to take home. The Glow Zone, the official light up vendor for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, will be offering dozens of unique festive souvenirs to remember your visit.
Look for our carts at the event and choose from Christmas Light Bulb Necklaces, Jingle Bell Necklaces, Candy Cane Wands, and Snowflake Wands to help you stand out on The Magnificent Mile!
The National Association of REALTORS® is America's largest trade association, representing 1.3 million members, including NAR's institutes, societies, and councils, involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
Our membership is composed of residential and commercial brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, counselors, and others engaged in the real estate industry. Members belong to one or more of approximately 1,200 local associations/boards and 54 state and territory associations of REALTORS®.
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.
The holidays are by far Wallflower Studios’ favorite time of year. Between the lights, the scents, the weather, and the joy, photographer Andrea comes alive during these months. With so many wonderful family traditions and memories, we are thrilled to support the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival in their long-standing Chicago tradition of bringing magic to the city.
With every click of the shutter, we find ourselves looking for life. Capturing life has become such an important part of our mission, as candid imagery allows someone to see into the other persons true soul and nature.
Wallflower Studios is excited to share the season with you, to not just take pictures, but to observe and capture your family’s most special moments this holiday.
For more than 90 years, WGN Radio AM 720, the 2018 IBA Chicago Market Station of the Year, 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, Chicago White Sox, and Northwestern University.
Listen at AM 720, online at wgnradio.com, on your WGN Radio app, AI smart devices, or TuneIn. Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @WGNRadio and Instagram @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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