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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 Awa

CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 03/28/11 -- 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:

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Landmarks               Address
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227 W. Monroe           227 W. Monroe         Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
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525 W. Monroe           525 W. Monroe         Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
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900 North Michigan      900 N. Michigan Ave.  Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/30
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Des Plaines Casino      Des Plaines, IL       Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
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Heller International    500 W. Monroe         Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
Bldg
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Hilton Chicago          720 S. Michigan Ave.  Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
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House of Blues          329 N. Dearborn       Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
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LaSalle Wacker          221 N. LaSalle St.    Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
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MB Real Estate          181 W. Madison        Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/30
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Merchandise Mart        222 Merchandise Mart  Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/4
                        Plaza
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Northwestern College    633 Clark St.,        Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
                        Evanston, IL
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One Financial Place     440 S. LaSalle S.t.   Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
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One N. Wacker Drive     One N. Wacker Drive   Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
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One South Dearborn      One South Dearborn    Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/3
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Palmer House Hilton     17 E. Monroe St.      Light It Up Blue and Blue
                                              Cocktail 4/1 - 4/30
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Reid Murdoch            325 N. LaSalle St.    Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
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Trump International     401 N. Wabash         Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
Hotel
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Stone Container Bldg    150 N. Michigan Ave.  1 in 110 on building slope 4/1
                                              - 4/2
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Underground Nightclub   56 W. Illinois        Light It Up Blue, DJ booth
                                              will be lit blue and blue
                                              signature cocktail 4/1 - 4/2
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Union Tower             550 W. Van Buren      Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/4
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Village of Rosemont     Corner of Higgins and Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
Fountain                River Road
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Water Tower             835 N. Michigan AvenueLight It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
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Willis Tower            233 South Wacker DriveLight It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
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Wrigley Building        400 N. Michigan Ave.  Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
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Restaurants
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676 Restaurant          676 N. Michigan Ave.  Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
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Coco Pazzo              300 W. Hubbard        Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/30
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Lone Star Steakhouse    2705 Plainfield Rd.,  Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/2
                        Joliet
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Nibbles Play Café       13 Huntington Ln.,    Customer wearing blue will
                        Wheeling              receive a blue cookie 4/1 -
                                              4/2
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Piccolo Sogno           464 N. Halsted        Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/30
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Ruth's Chris Steak HouseChicago, Barrington,  Light It Up Blue 4/1 - 4/30
                        Northbrook
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Museums
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Chicago Children's      Navy Pier             Light It Up Blue, Autism
Museum                                        Awareness Activities 4/1 - 4/2
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Discovery Center        711 N. Main, Rockford Autism Awareness Activities
                                              4/1 - 4/2
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Kohl's Children's Museum2100 Patriot Blvd.,   Autism Awareness Activities
                        Glenview              4/1 - 4/2
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Wonder Works            6445 W. North Ave.,   Autism Awareness Activities
                        Oak Park              4/1 - 4/2
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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

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