Time to Choose Chicago’s Holiday Tree

October 17, 2011

Is your Chicago real estate ready for Halloween? It doesn’t really matter; this story is about Christmas.

It’s time to pick the official conifer that will decorate Daley Plaza this holiday season.

Thirty-eight Chicago-area residents submitted their trees for this second annual contest, and the city of Chicago has chosen three finalists.

From left: The Jozefow tree, the Spangler tree and the Trudel tree. Which do you like best?

Now it’s up to the public to decide.

The finalists:

*The Jozefow family of Northlake: This 55-foot Colorado Spruce is the tallest in the town.

*The Spangler family of Western Springs: This family and their 55-foot Colorado Spruce were finalists in last year’s first-ever Christmas tree contest.

*The Trudel family of Glenview: This more than 55-foot Colorado Spruce was purchased from Wheeling Nursery in 1966 when it was only four feet high.

Read about the trees at chicagochristmastreecontest.com, then vote for your favorite at suntimes.upickem.net from Monday, October 17 through Tuesday, October 25. You can vote for your favorite once a day.

The family of the winning tree will get to help light it at the 98th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, November 23 at Daley Plaza.

The winner will also receive decorative LED holiday lights courtesy of Underwriter Laboratories.

Last year’s tree came from McHenry’s Colomer family, whose 70-foot blue spruce made the Chicago holiday season bright. Want to read about that story? Click here.

Then go vote.

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