Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What are Lighthouses
on The Mag Mile?

Lighthouses on The Mag Mile is a citywide public art display that will showcase more than 51 six-feet-tall lighthouse sculptures, along North Michigan Avenue and in nearby communities this summer. 

What dates will the lighthouses be up?

The lighthouses will be up from June 19 through August 11.

Who is designing the sculptures?

The sculptures are being created by talented national and local artists, many with disabilities.

Who is behind Lighthouses on
The Mag Mile?

The effort is being conducted by The Chicago Lighthouse in partnership with Huber Financial Advisors, LLC; and many other visionary businesses and individuals, including The Magnificent Mile® Association.

Lighthouse President & CEO Dr. Janet Szlyk developed the concept for the art display and is spearheading the entire initiative.

What is the purpose of Lighthouses on The Mag Mile?

This public art display will celebrate in dramatic and colorful fashion, access and inclusion.  The lighthouses will serve as bright and shiny reminders that we all need to be beacons and champion those causes for people with disabilities.

In addition, visitors will find the experience thought-provoking as they ask themselves the same question: “How can I be part of access and inclusion for people with disabilities?”

What other
key messages
do you hope to
get across?

People with disabilities can do just about anything if given a chance and they make some of the most productive and competent employees around.

People with disabilities are a talented, reliable and productive component of the workforce who way too often are untapped.

The Chicago Lighthouse is issuing a clarion call to Chicago area employees to “be beacons for access and inclusion” and open their doors to greater opportunities for people with disabilities.

We all have a powerful role to play to make inclusion possible for people with disabilities. The challenge is to find your own sphere of influence and use it!

Be a Beacon!

Will tours be available?

Self-guided tours of the lighthouses which includes the artists speaking about their access and inclusion concept will be available by downloading OTOCAST.  For enhanced audible wayfinding, download AWARE. 

What will happen to the lighthouses after the event ends on August 11?

After the display ends on August 11, sponsors will have an opportunity to purchase the lighthouses.  They will also be bid on an online auction.  Proceeds from the sales will support the 39 Lighthouse programs serving people who are blind, visually impaired, disabled and Veterans.

What can I do to become involved?

We are eager to create a community of allies around this initiative.  We are encouraging everyone to come to North Michigan Avenue to visit all the lighthouses; mention it to all your friends; follow us on social media and share the content.

Also, we invite you to take photos with the lighthouse sculptures and post on Instagram, using our hashtag, #MagMileLighthouses.  Once you do that, you will be automatically entered into a contest for a free prize!

How can I find
out more about Lighthouses on
The Mag Mile?

To learn more, please contact:
Angela D’Antonio | Marketing Director
(312) 447-3246 |