SOURCE: Autism Speaks Chicagoland Chapter

Autism Speaks Chicagoland Chapter

Autism Speaks Chicagoland Chapter

March 30, 2012 17:16 ET

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

Buildings and Landmarks Illuminate Blue on April 2 as Part of a Global Initiative to Help Raise Awareness and Shine a Bright Light on a Growing Public Health Crisis

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Signed Proclamation in Honor of Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Mar 30, 2012) - Chicago area landmarks and retailers will illuminate with special blue lights on the evening of Monday, April 2 in support of Autism Speaks global 3rd Annual Light It Up Blue campaign to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month.

They join a list of nearly 2,000 iconic structures, buildings and landmarks in over 220 U.S. cities and 28 countries around the world that will shine a bright light on autism as a growing public health crisis. The Empire State Building in NYC, the Aspen Ski Mountain in Colorado, Niagara Falls in Canada, Christ the Redeemer Statue in Brazil, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and even the International Space Station will all join Autism Speaks and Chicago area landmarks in support of the millions of families affected by autism.

In Chicago, the following buildings will participate in our Light It Up Blue campaign:

900 North Michigan Shops 900 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
ABN AMRO Plaza 540 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL
AON 200 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois 181 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL
Chicago Board of Trade 20 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL
Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Chicago City Hall 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL
Chicago Mercantile Exchange 10 and 30 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
City of Chicago Proclamation Chicago, IL
City of Elmhurst Proclamation Elmhurst, IL
College of Lake County 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, IL
Crains Communication Building 150 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
DePaul University Chicago, IL
Embassy Suites Lombard, IL
Franklin Center 277 W. Monroe, Chicago, IL
Merchandise Mart 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL
Morraine Valley Community College Palos, IL
Northwestern University Evanston, IL
Oak Park Viaduct Oak Park, IL
One Financial Place 440 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL
One N. Wacker Drive 1 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
One South Dearborn One South Dearborn, Chicago, IL
Palmer House Hilton 17 East Monroe St., Chicago, IL
Rivers Casino 3000 S. River Road, Des Plaines, IL
Three First National Plaza 70 West Madison, Chicago, IL
U.S. Cellular Field 333 West 35th Street, Chicago, IL
Union Tower 550 W. Van Buren St., Chicago, IL
United Center 1901 W. Madison, Chicago, IL
Village of Rosemont Fountain Corner of Higgins and River Road, Rosemont, IL
Wrigley Building 400-410 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
Wrigley Field 1060 W. Addison Street, Chicago, IL

Ways members of the community can support 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 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 2 and ask your co-workers, schools and friends to wear blue too. Take pictures and add them to our photo gallery at
  • Social Media: Change your Facebook profile picture to the Light It Up Blue logo or update your Facebook/Twitter status to read "Light it up blue to shine a light on autism."
  • Turn the Bean Blue - Join Autism Speaks at The Bean in Millennium Park on April 2nd at 5:45 p.m. to culminate our Light It Up Blue Campaign! With the help of many dressed in blue, we will be able to #turnthebeanblue and take in our skyline on World Autism Awareness Day
  • For other unique and fun ideas visit the Light It Up Blue website at

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