It was in 1992 that we first celebrated the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival in its current form. The leaders of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association had started celebrating the holidays with ceremonies in Water Tower Park in the 1950′s and later by lighting Italian Lights in the trees on the Magnificent Mile in 1959

Today the Magnificent Mile Lights Festivals is one of the country’s premiere holiday events.





Eli’s Cheesecake will again be part of Lights Festival Lane on Saturday, November 22nd. Come meet Eli’s Big Slice while supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository (bring in a can of food and receive a free slice of Eli’s Cheesecake or donate $20 and receive a free Eli’s Cheesecake). Eli’s will also be partnering with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and offering free Eli’s Cheesecake Slice Decorating for children.






This is a historic year for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival as the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association’s, Ellen Farrar, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, has authored “The Magnificent Mile Lights
Festival” as part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America Series. The first book ever written about the holidays on the Magnificent Mile, it tells the story of the development of this Great Avenue of the World, how the holidays have been celebrated on the Magnificent Mile since the early 1950′s and the founding in 1992 and continued growth of what is now the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. It was my honor to be Founding Chairman of the event in 1992 and to watch it grow because of such great volunteer, civic, government and sponsor support.









Maureen and Marc Schulman join Mickey Mouse for a preview of the Lights Festival at Pioneer Court. Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts have been an integral part of the Lights Festival since 1994.

It was an honor for me to be able to pre-tape a welcome from the members and volunteers of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association to viewers of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Broadcast on ABC 7 Chicago and
affiliates nationally. Joining me for the taping was a special guest from Disney World who is known to like cheese and of course cheesecake!







The success of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival would not be possible without the support of our presenting sponsor, Harris Bank, here represented by Hubert the Harris Lion, and the dedicated staff of the Greater
North Michigan Avenue Association. 2008 will mark the 4th Lights Festival for John Maxson, as President and CEO of the GNMAA.

I am most grateful to John, to Ellen Farrar, who is the staff leader for the event and who has so passion for the Lights Festival and to all the other staff members at GNMAA. I am also most grateful to my friend and
former GNMAA President, Russ Salzman, who was such a strong advocate and believer of the potential of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival since that first walk up the Magnificent Mile in 1992.

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