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Sponsor Greetings

The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival would not be possible without all of our partners’ support, especially during an extremely challenging year!

Learn more about the sponsors of the 29th annual Lights Festival who are sharing the light with Chicago and the nation this holiday season.

  • BMO Harris Bank

    BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through more than 500 branches and fee-free access to over 40,000 ATMs across the United States. BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the United States.

    Accounts are subject to approval. BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a highly diversified financial services provider with total assets of CDN$974 billion as of July 31, 2020.

    For more information about BMO Harris Bank, visit the company fact sheet

  • ABC7 Chicago

    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 parade broadcast, hosted by Alan Krashesky, Cheryl Burton, Janet Davies and Rob Elgas, 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.

  • Amlings Interior Landscape

    Amlings Interior Landscape is honored to play a part in this year’s holiday festivities.  Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season and the very best for 2021!

    Learn more at www.amlingsinterior.com.

  • Choose Chicago

    Choose Chicago® is the official destination marketing organization for Chicago, Illinois. Our mission is to bring regional, national, and international business and leisure visitors to Chicago for the economic benefit of the city, the community, and our membership — while being an advocate for the tourism industry and our partners. Choose Chicago comprises 10 departments that work together to achieve these goals.

    Find out more at choosechicago.com.

  • Constellation Energy

    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

    In 1980, restaurateur Eli Schulman decided cheesecake would be the signature dessert at his legendary Chicago steakhouse, Eli's The Place For Steak.  His unconventional no-water bath, fast and hot baking method resulted in a beautiful caramelization on the outside and a rich and creamy consistency on the inside.  The key to Eli's unique taste and texture is sourcing the purest and best ingredients, like Madagascar Vanilla from Nielsen-Massey, and baking in small batches with custom slow-cultured cream cheese and sour cream. 

    All of our desserts are handmade and decorated by a team of extraordinary pastry chefs at our bakery located on Chicago's northwest side. Eli's Cheesecake and desserts can be shipped anywhere in the continental USA, and local delivery is available. Still a family-owned business, Eli's is committed to quality, empowering its workforce and following our founder's mantras:  "Charity will never bust you" and "Treat others as if you were the other."  

    For more, visit elicheesecake.com.

  • Enjoy Illinois

    Illinois is unique among Midwest destinations. We're the best of many worlds, including big city excitement, deep historic roots, beautiful vistas and open spaces. But Illinois is not just about our places – it's about our people who will welcome you with open arms.

    The Illinois Office of Tourism, part of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, manages industry efforts that result in sustainable and significant economic and quality-of-life benefits for Illinois residents.

    Learn more at EnjoyIllinois.com

  • Frango

    A Chicago chocolate legend, Frango has been melting hearts for over a century. 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.

    Visit frango.com to browse all the chocolates in their collection plus exclusive holiday packaging. Join the Frango tradition!

  • 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 holiday tin designs and recipes.

  • Lurie Children's

    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s delivers the highest quality, family-centered care and high-impact research. It is the largest pediatric specialty provider in the region by volume. Lurie Children’s prides itself on its mission which is to enhance the health and well-being of children through patient care, research, education and advocacy. Support from donors, government and community leaders, businesses and child advocacy partners is essential to the mission.

    Consistently ranked by the U.S. News & World Report as the top children’s hospital in Illinois, Lurie Children’s is the only Illinois-based pediatric hospital ranked in all 10 specialties. Their Heart Center, Urology and Gastroenterology and GI Surgery ranked in the top 10. With more than 1,665 specialists in 70 pediatric specialties, Lurie Children’s wants to ensure that the best pediatric specialty care is close to most with thirteen outpatient locations in numerous Chicagoland suburban locations making access to care easy.


    Visit www.luriechildrens.org to learn more.

  • Northwestern Medicine

    Northwestern Medicine is proud to be anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the #1 hospital in Illinois and #10 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report, 2020 – 2021. With 10 hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians on our medical staffs and more than 200 locations in the Chicagoland area, Northwestern Medicine is leading the quest for better care and better treatments close to where you live and work. Our physician-scientists are pushing the boundaries every day, because they know that what makes us better, makes you better.

    Learn more at nm.org/better.

  • Southwest Airlines

    In its 50th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service to a Customer base topping 130 million passengers in 2019. Southwest became the nation's largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the U.S. Department of Transportation's most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded. In peak travel seasons during 2019, Southwest operated more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 101 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries. In early 2020, the carrier added service to Hilo, Hawaii, and Cozumel, Mexico. Southwest will begin service to Palm Springs, California, and Miami on Nov. 15, as well as two new seasonal destinations in Colorado, Steamboat Springs, and Montrose (Telluride) on Dec. 19, 2020.

    In 2021, the carrier will add service at Chicago (O'Hare) on Feb. 14, and Colorado Springs on March 11, and has announced intended service next year at Houston (Bush Intercontinental), Savannah, Jackson, Miss., and Sarasota- Bradenton.

    Book Southwest Airlines' low fares online at southwest.com or by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA. 

  • Special Olympics Illinois

    Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit every day through the transformative power and joy of sport.  Through programming in sports, health, education, leadership and community building, Special Olympics is creating a new world of inclusion – building a culture that accepts and welcomes every single person. Special Olympics Illinois athletes meet at the intersection of race, ethnicity, poverty, hunger, sexual orientation, religion, nationality and of course, disability. Special Olympics advocates for loving those who hate, equity and equality.

    Special Olympics Illinois offers sports training and competitions year-round in 18 Olympic-style sports.  Currently, the statewide program serves more than 23,100 athletes with intellectual disabilities and over 17,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics is also more than just sports. It is the world’s largest public health organization for the intellectually disabled. Through its Unified Champion School program, Special Olympics Illinois works with over 300 elementary, high school and colleges in the state of Illinois to foster Unified Sports (sports where athletes and student peers participate together), as well as whole school engagement. Your donation this holiday season supports all of those initiatives and are vital during COVID. Please click HERE to donate.

    Through sports, our athletes celebrate their abilities, not their disabilities. Their world opens with acceptance and understanding, while becoming confident and empowered by their accomplishments. They make new friends, joining the most inclusive community on the planet – a global community that’s growing every day.


  • Starbucks Reserve Roastery

    Discover all 5 stories of Chicago’s Starbucks Reserve Roastery, on the corner of Michigan and Erie. Every step of the Roastery’s 35,000 square feet promises you a spectacular journey through inventive beverages, extraordinary culinary creations, exclusive merchandise, and of course, coffee. 

    We welcome you, Chicago, to one epic Starbucks experience.

    Discover more at starbucksreserve.com.

    For a guided tour or more information, contact us at Chicagoroasteryevents@starbucks.com.

  • T-Mobile Signature Store

    As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services. Our customers get our award-winning customer care and unmatched benefits, like unlimited text and data roaming in 210+ countries and destinations, free stuff every week with T-Mobile Tuesdays, and monthly taxes and fees included in our Magenta Plans. Our advanced nationwide 4G LTE network is the fastest in the U.S. according to OpenSignal, and we launched our 5G network nationwide in 2020.

    For more information, check out https://www.t-mobile.com.

  • Tribune Tower Residences

    Tribune Tower Residences offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live in one of the most architecturally significant buildings in the world. The Neo-Gothic style tower is being transformed to create 162 exclusive luxury residences with a suite of thoughtful amenities.

    With 56 unique floorplans, these classically designed residences feature high-ceilings, wide-planked hardwood flooring, custom moldings and exquisite finishes. Every detail has been considered, from custom-designed cabinetry to the Sub-Zero®, Wolf® and Miele appliances.

    The building's redesign highlights iconic architecture including the historic Hall of Inscriptions and internationally gathered relics embedded into the building’s veneer. The 25th floor famed Crown Terrace inspires awe as an exclusive amenity space that puts the city on display with 365-degree skyline views though dramatic flying buttresses.

    In its renewal, Tribune Tower Residence’s richly detailed history is beautifully articulated — creating a seamless connection from yesterday to today.

    For more information, visit tribunetower.com

  • WGN Radio AM 720

    For 96 years,  WGN Radio AM 720 has been dedicated to being the #1 source of Chicagoland news, information, entertainment and sports. WGN Radio is the official broadcast of the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago White Sox and Northwestern University.

    Listen at AM 720, online at wgnradio.com, on your WGN Radio app, smart speakers or TuneIn. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @wgnradio and Instagram @wgnradio.

A Special Appeal

In the Spring of 2020, The Magnificent Mile Association made the difficult decision to cancel its Annual Gala.  As one of the organization’s primary sources of revenue, the financial loss was devastating.  To ensure that The Association’s 108 year mission of service to its members and The Magnificent Mile district continued, a special emergency funding appeal was launched to offset this loss. 

Members of the Board of Directors, longstanding Gala supporters and other stakeholders were asked to contribute at levels consistent with their past support.  A new revenue goal of $200,000 was established along with an effort to retain more than $100,000 that had already been contributed to the event prior to the COVID pandemic. 

Thanks to the leadership and generosity of many, the goals established for the Special Appeal were achieved.  While our gratitude and appreciation is extended to all that contributed, it is our pleasure to recognize major donors to this important effort here.

Leadership Level Contributors ($7,000 or more)

401 N. Michigan Avenue/Zeller (Lori Olson)

625 North Michigan Avenue.Golub & Company (Lee Golub)

737 North Michigan Avenue/CRRE (Laura Bossert)

900 North Michigan Shops (Barry Graham and Stacy Kolios)

BMO Harris Bank (Amy Patel)

Connelly Electric (Joe Connelly)

Golub & Company (Lee Golub)

HEARN / 875 North Michigan Avenue (Nancy Capadona and Lindsay Hearn)

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (Kevin Trojanowski)

Lodge Management Group (Lyn McKeaney)

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (Robert Christie)

REALTOR Building GNP Realty Partners (Dean Kutrumanes)

Walgreen Co. (Donovan Pepper)

The Wrigley Building/Zeller (Bradley Borowiec)

TimeZoneOne (Daniel Thomas)

Tribune Tower/CIM (Lee Golub)

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