the chicago skyline will go dark on 19 january, for a national covid-19 memorial service. as will many other cities throughout our country.
at 6 p.m. on tuesday mayor lori lightfoot is asking chicagoans to turn off lights, go outside and light a candle in honor of the 2 million people that have lost their lives to covid-19 worldwide. the event is happening across the united states.
navy pier and the group that organizes the skyline’s holiday-themed lights have already signed on to go dark.
the concept, after 10 minutes, everyone is supposed to turn their power and electronics back on. if you can, gradually relight your building and set your exterior color to orange. this process is meant to simulate the lighting of a candle as part of a nation-wide memorial. this symbolizes the movement from darkness to light.
president-elect joe biden and vice president-elect kamala harris will preside over a lighting ceremony for victims in washington d.c. at the lincoln memorial reflecting pool.
above > 875 north michigan avenue (formerly john hancock center) all images taken 9 april 2020 in chicago when landmarks and buildings across the nation were displaying blue lights to show support for health care workers and first responders on the front lines of the covid-19 pandemic.
from 25 april through 1 may, chicago downtown buildings in support of essential workers will be illuminated blue; from 2 – 5 may in support of first responders buildings will light up red.
properties set to take part in both the blue and red lighting are chase tower and prudential plazas. buildings include 1 north dearborn, 120 north lasalle, 181 west madison, 525 west monroe, 555 west monroe, and 540 west madison.
properties participating only in the blue lighting are 150 north michigan, 200 west madison, 300 east randolph, 311 south wacker, 875 north michigan avenue (formerly john hancock center), 900 north michigan, chicago board of trade building, the franklin, inland steel building, merchandise mart, and willis tower.
above – blue lighting from left / 401 north wabash / one prudential plaza / two prudential plaza / jay pritzker pavilion – millennium park (foreground) / blue cross blue shield of illinois illinois
above/below > one prudential plaza / two prudential plaza | photo jonathan daniel/getty images
above/below > merchandise mart / united center | photo jonathan daniel/getty images
above/below > wrigley building | photo jonathan daniel/getty images / willis tower | photo terrence antonio james/chicago tribune
above/below > the millennium monument | photo chris sweda/chicago tribune / a general view of downtown buildings | photo by jonathan daniel/getty images)
chicago is part of a worldwide salute honoring first responders and essential workers in engineering, health care, janitorial, property management personnel, security, and many more according to boma/chicago, an association of 240 downtown buildings.