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Chicago Christmas Tree Chosen

November 03, 2011

A piece of metro Chicago real estate now has a lot less shade.

The public chose an 83-year-old Colorado spruce that belongs to the home of Don and Klaudia Spangler in Western Springs as this year’s official City of Chicago Christmas tree.

Scott Stewart of the Sun-Times took this shot of the Spangler family - Aidan, Klaudia, Don and dogs - standing in front of the winning tree.

The Spangler’s 55-foot evergreen tree lost in the final round of voting for the contest at suntimes.com, but towered over the others in this year’s competition.

The Spangler spruce was to be chopped down on Wednesday and installed the next day at Daley Plaza, where the Spanglers will get to flip the light switch on November 23 during Thanksgiving week to mark this year’s holiday season.

The family will also receive a package of decorative LED lights as a prize, courtesy of Underwriter Laboratories.

“Over the years, the tree has served us well,” the Spanglers wrote in their contest submission. “It has been a fort for our kids when they were younger, a great source of shade and an ideal marker when directing people to our home.”

But the enormous tree now exceeds the total length of the Western Springs home by 20 feet and its base sits a mere 10 feet from the front porch. The family had considered eliminating it in the past but couldn’t. Now the tree will serve a good purpose.

“So while we would never cut our tree down just for the sake of removing it, if we knew it would be “going to a better place” — sharing its glory with the entire City of Chicago — then we could feel good about letting it go,” wrote the Spanglers.

This is the second year that the city has held a contest encouraging Chicagoans to vote for the winning tree. The Spangler tree was chosen from 38 submissions and will be illuminated during Chicago’s 98th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

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