Tracey Dear founded Dear Productions in 1998 with a desire to use his vast knowledge of event lighting to pursue architectural projects.

He approached the Mayor’s office in Chicago with the idea to illuminate the bridges that span the Chicago River, an installation that would be one of the largest of its kind in the world. A dazzling array of 160 lights over 11 bridges, this sensational display immediately established Dear Productions as a fresh, innovative company and Tracey Dear as a leader in the field.

Building on the success of his initial project, Dear went on to light the historic Wrigley building, widely considered Chicago’s most treasured architectural landmark. The imaginative lighting gave the eighty year old

  building a distinctly modern edge, transforming its white terra cotta surface into a gleaming, colorful feature of the Chicago skyline. And with the lighting of the historic Totland Bay Pier on the Isle of Wight, Dear Productions cemented its international reputation in this highly specialized market.

Dear has designed lighting for musical artists like Basia, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith and WhiteSnake; corporate clients including Apple, HBO, Softsoap, and Amoco; and venues such as New York’s Radio City Music Hall, Nashville’s Grand ‘Ole Opry, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and Chicago’s House of Blues. His wealth of experience is a testament to his passion for architectural lighting design: “There really are no borders when it comes to these wonderful projects. I am fascinated by the creative challenges presented by architectural lighting and I love nothing quite so much as solving them.”

Most recently Dear Productions has been lighting a series of installations in Chicago’s Millennium Park as part of the Burnham Festival. This highly anticipated project features multi-colored, environmentally responsible LEDs that provide stunning texture to each sculpture.