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Media Advisory: Over 150 Chicagoland Buildings to Participate in Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue Campaign in Support of World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month

Buildings and Landmarks Will Light It Up Blue on April 2, 2014 as Part of a Global Initiative to Help Raise Awareness for Autism

CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 04/01/14 -- Chicagoland buildings and businesses will illuminate with special blue lights on the evening of Wednesday, April 2 in support of Autism Speaks global annual Light It Up Blue (LIUB) campaign to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month.

The City of Broad Shoulders' skyline will join a list of more than 8,400 iconic structures, buildings and landmarks in 1,300 cities on all seven continents that will shine a bright light on autism. You will certainly recognize some of the buildings that will go blue in support of the millions of families affected by autism. Willis Tower, The John Hancock Center, CBS Channel 2, Navy Pier, Trump International Hotel & Tower, Blue Cross Blue Shield Building, CNA, 311 W. Wacker, Chicago Board of Trade, 900 N. Michigan Ave. and Water Tower are just some of the structures that will Light It Up Blue for the 1 in 68 affected by autism spectrum disorder.

Throughout the month of April, Chicago residents can lend their additional support and get involved by:

  • Light a Building Blue - Change your white bulbs to blue. Light up your home, business, school, place of worship or even your website blue to show your support.
  • Host a Blue Event - From blue-themed bake sales to blue cocktail parties and galas, be sure to register your participation and fundraising activity at www.autismspeaks.org/LIUB.
  • Make a Donation - Help raise funds and click to donate at www.autismspeaks.org/LIUB or text* AUTISM to 25383 to give $10.
  • Light Up Someone's Day - The smallest act can go a long way in brightening up the day for an individual with autism and his or her family. Tell us about your Acts of Kindness and Inspire the Global Autism Community by posting on the World Autism Awareness Day Facebook Page.

Visit www.autismspeaks.org/LIUB for more fun and creative ways that you can support your neighbors and friends.

WHAT: LIUB Celebration
DATE: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
TIME: Beginning at dusk
PLACE: Millennium Park Bean (Cloud Gate)
201 E. Washington, Chicago, IL

Additional Iconic Buildings include:
150 N. Michigan Ave
Chicago Civic Opera House
Rivers Casino

CONTACT:
Mary Rios and Jose Macias
Autism Speaks, Chicagoland Chapter
(224) 567-8573
chicago@autismspeaks.org

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