McHenry Tree Ready to Light Up Daley Plaza

November 23, 2010

Remember when Chicagoland Real Estate Forum told you about the Colomer family, whose more than 75-year-old tree was chosen as the official holiday tree in Daley Plaza?

Well, it’s lighting time.

A Huge blue spruce tree

This is what the Colomer tree looked like before it was transferred to Daley Plaza.

The 97th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is set for Wednesday, November 24 in Daley Plaza, where the Colomer family will help flip the switch and officially start the holiday season in Chicago.

Chicago actress Joan Cusack will be there too! She’s so cool.

This was the first year that the City of Chicago held a contest to find this year’s ceremonious tree. The one chosen was a 70-foot blue spruce tree from the John Colomer family of McHenry. It weights 11,900 pounds. The tree, not the family.

Seven thousand red, green and white energy-saving LED lights, provided by UL Underwriters Laboratories, will adorn the tree, which will by topped off with a brightly lit star.

Chicago’s first municipal Christmas tree was lit on Christmas Eve in 1913 by Mayor Carter H. Harrison in Grant Park. The tree was 35 feet tall and decorated with 600 lights.

The city has come a long way since then.

Happy Holidays!

What: Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

When: Wednesday, November 24; Musical performances start at 4:30 p.m.; the tree will be lit at 5 p.m. The tree will be on display until January 8.

Where: Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn Streets, Chicago

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