With over 22 years of holiday lights installation in Chicago and the Midwest, Illuminight can provide you with anything and everything you can think of.

“I learned about creating holiday lighting displays while working at a local church,” says Scott Parrish, owner of Illuminight. “I was helping my buddy decorate the trees. I always loved seeing the trees turned into glowing balls of happiness.”

That skill came in handy following the birth of Scott’s daughter several years later. “To make some extra income after my daughter arrived, I started offering holiday lighting services to homes and businesses. Things just took off from there.”

Fast forward to 2006, when Scott founded Illuminight Lighting LLC. “I decided to go full-time with the lighting business. The customers loved what we were doing, and it was getting to be more than just a part-time thing,” recalls Scott.

Other milestones since then include moving from rented lift trucks to having his own fleet of lifts; taking over the illustrious ZooLights installation for Lincoln Park Zoo, and expanding from single homes to doing holiday displays for local towns and suburbs.

“Our business has doubled and tripled, but we remain a family-oriented business. I mean, what we do basically celebrates all the great traditions of family and friends at the holidays, seasonal gratitude, and the beauty of winter,” says Scott.

So what’s next for Illuminight?

“We’re looking forward to raising the bar when it comes to holiday lighting design trends, and doing some of the best light shows on the planet,” reports Scott. “We’re planning to expand our fleet and crew, and do even more large-scale installations, such as suburban and industrial park campuses; we love creating beautiful, inspiring displays for people who are going to and from work often in the wee morning hours or after sunset. And we’re looking forward to helping Lincoln Park Zoo celebrate 25 years of ZooLights!”

The bottom line? “I love that we’ve created a business that provides livelihoods for my crew and their families, and that we bring joy to others. Simple as that.”


 
I love that we’ve created a business that provides livelihoods for my crew and their families, and that we bring joy to others. Simple as that.
— Scott Parrish, for Nature Conservancy Magazine
 

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