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Chicago landmarks will Light It Up Blue on April 2

In honor of World Autism Awareness Day, various landmarks in Chicago will Light It Up Blue on April 2, 2018! 

Wrigley Field

  • It is the home of the Chicago Cubs, one of the city's two Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises.
  • It first opened in 1914 as Weeghman Park for Charles Weeghman's Chicago Whales of the Federal League, which folded after the 1915 baseball season.
  • The Cubs played their first home game at the park on April 20, 1916.

Shedd Aquarium

  • It first opened on May 30, 1930.
  • The aquarium contains 32,000 animals, and was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world with 5,000,000 US gallons of water.

Soldier Field

  • It opened in 1924 and is the home field of the Chicago Bears of the NFL, who moved there in 1971.

United Center

  • The United Center is home to both the Chicago Bulls of the NBA and the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL.

Navy Pier Centennial Wheel

  • The Pier has welcomed a brand new Centennial Wheel, which opened Memorial Day 2016. 
  • It stands is 196 feet tall and has 42 climate controlled gondolas.

John Hancock Building

  • When the building topped out on May 6, 1968, it was the second tallest building in the world and the tallest outside New York CIty.
  • The building is 100 stories and stands at 1,128 feet tall.

Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower)

  • Built as and still commonly referred to as the Sears Tower, is a 110-story, 1,450-foot skyscraper.
  • The Willis Tower is the second-tallest building in the United States and the Western hemisphere – and the 16th-tallest in the world.

Chicago Board of Trade

  • The Chicago Board of Trade was stablished on April 3, 1848, is one of the world's oldest futures and options exchanges

CME Building

  • The CME was founded in 1898 as the Chicago Butter and Egg Board, an agricultural commodities exchange.

Wear something blue on April 2nd in support of understanding and acceptance for people with autism. Get your #LightItUpBlue gear here.

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