SOURCE: Autism Speaks Chicagoland Chapter

Autism Speaks Chicagoland Chapter

Autism Speaks Chicagoland Chapter

March 28, 2011 16:20 ET

Chicago to Participate in Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue Campaign in Support of World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month

Buildings Illuminate Blue On April 1 and 2 as Part of a Global Initiative to Help Raise Awareness and Shine a Bright Light on a Growing Public Health Crisis; Mayor Richard M. Daley Signs Proclamation in Honor of Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - March 28, 2011) -  Chicago area landmarks and retailers will illuminate with special blue lights on the evening of Friday, April 1 and/or April 2 in support of Autism Speaks' global Light It Up Blue campaign to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day (April 2) and Autism Awareness Month. Over 450 iconic landmarks, airports, bridges, sports arenas, museums, concert halls, restaurants as well as retail, corporate and media partners in over 120 U.S. cities and 30 countries will light up in bright blue that evening to raise awareness and shine a light on autism as a growing public health crisis now affecting 1 in every 110 American children.

In Chicago, the following will Light It Up Blue on April 1 and 2:

Landmarks Address  
227 W. Monroe 227 W. Monroe Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
525 W. Monroe 525 W. Monroe Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
900 North Michigan 900 N. Michigan Ave. Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/30
Des Plaines Casino Des Plaines, IL Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
Heller International Bldg 500 W. Monroe Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
Hilton Chicago 720 S. Michigan Ave. Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
LaSalle Wacker 221 N. LaSalle St. Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
MB Real Estate 181 W. Madison Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/30
Merchandise Mart 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/4
Northwestern College 633 Clark St., Evanston, IL Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
One Financial Place 440 S. LaSalle S.t. Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
One N. Wacker Drive One N. Wacker Drive Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
One South Dearborn One South Dearborn Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/3
Palmer House Hilton 17 E. Monroe St. Light It Up Blue and Blue Cocktail 4/1 - 4/30
Reid Murdoch 325 N. LaSalle St. Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
Trump International Hotel 401 N. Wabash Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
Stone Container Bldg 150 N. Michigan Ave. 1 in 110 on building slope 4/1 - 4/2
Underground Nightclub 56 W. Illinois Light It Up Blue, DJ booth will be lit blue and blue signature cocktail 4/1 - 4/2
Union Tower 550 W. Van Buren Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/4
Village of Rosemont Fountain Corner of Higgins and River Road Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
Water Tower 835 N. Michigan Avenue Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
Willis Tower 233 South Wacker Drive Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
Wrigley Building 400 N. Michigan Ave. Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
Restaurants    
676 Restaurant 676 N. Michigan Ave. Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
Coco Pazzo 300 W. Hubbard Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/30
Lone Star Steakhouse 2705 Plainfield Rd., Joliet Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
Nibbles Play Café 13 Huntington Ln., Wheeling Customer wearing blue will receive a blue cookie 4/1 - 4/2
Piccolo Sogno 464 N. Halsted Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/30
Ruth's Chris Steak House Chicago, Barrington, Northbrook Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/30
Museums    
Chicago Children's Museum Navy Pier Light It Up Blue, Autism Awareness Activities 4/1 - 4/2
Discovery Center 711 N. Main, Rockford Autism Awareness Activities 4/1 - 4/2
Kohl's Children's Museum 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview Autism Awareness Activities 4/1 - 4/2
Wonder Works 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park Autism Awareness Activities 4/1 - 4/2

Ways members of the community can support the Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue campaign:

  • Light windows or homes with specially marked blue light bulbs and LED lanterns sold exclusively at Home Depot stores nationwide
  • Download the FREE LIUB iPhone App at the iTunes Store and turn your own pictures blue with a choice of five different style frames
  • Bake puzzle piece shaped cookies and frost them with blue icing, then bring them to your school, work or place of worship to raise autism awareness
  • Wear blue clothing and the Autism Speaks puzzle piece pin on April 1 and 2 and ask your co-workers, schools and friends to wear blue too. Take pictures and add them to our Flickr gallery at www.lightitupblue.org
  • Build a Blue Website and ask friends and family to support Autism Speaks by making a donation to your personal page 
  • For other unique and fun ideas visit Light It Up Blue website at www.lightitupblue.org

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Chicagoland Chapter of Autism Speaks
    Mary Rios
    (224) 567-8573
    Email Contact

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