Chicago goes red on World AIDS Day

Tue. December 1, 2009 12:00 AM by News Staff

Chicago, IL - Chicago joins cities across the nation today in observation of World AIDS Day by illuminating iconic city landmarks in the color red for the day.

The CNA building in Chicago's Loop honors the day with a red ribbon and the words "Fight AIDS" in lights on the side of the building. According to, Illinois has the nation's seventh highest number of reported AIDS cases, totaling 30,000 since 1981.

13 cities worldwide are participating in the observance to raise awareness and funds to fight the AIDS pandemic in Africa, where it's reported that 22 million people are coping with the disease and 4,100 die every day.

Los Angeles will turn its Central Library and the pylons at its airport crimson, while San Francisco will light its Coit Tower and City Hall, the Columbus City Hall and Public Health Building will be red the entire week and St. Louis will light the Civil Courts Building in red. Other participating cities include Baltimore, Boston, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and Providence, R.I.

Click Here for a complete list of World AIDS Day events in Chicago.

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