Could Your Tree Be Chicago’s Next?

September 10, 2011

Labor Day is over. Time to think Christmas.

The city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is looking for the tree that will be displayed at Daley Center Plaza this holiday season.

Applications are being accepted now through the end of September. You can enter your tree for submission as long as it is:

christmas tree in daley plaza*At least 55-feet tall.

*Within 100 miles of downtown Chicago.

*Not a pine tree; they aren’t sturdy enough. Spruce and fir trees are best.

Residents will be able to vote for their favorite tree at from October 17-25, and the winner will be announced later that month.

The winner: While that family will be losing a majestic tree, they will be the ones to “flip the switch” and light the tree at Daley Plaza at the 98th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony during Thanksgiving week.

Last year, Chicago Real Estate Forum wrote about the Colomer family of McHenry, whose 70-foot blue spruce was Chicago’s 97th “official” Christmas tree.

To submit your tree to be considered for Chicago’s 98th tree, you must include three photos of the tree — two close-up and one from far — along with a brief description.

Send nominations:

*Via email to


*By mail to:

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

ATTN: Christmas Tree Contest

Room 806

121 N. La Salle Street

Chicago, IL 60602

For complete contest details, visit

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