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Chicago’s search for official Christmas tree is on

The city’s official Christmas tree is officially lighted on Nov. 26, 2013, in Daley Plaza. Your tree could be next! | Melissa Klauda/Sun-Times Media

It’s not even Halloween yet!

Andy while Kmart is already touting its holiday layaway services, the City of Chicago is getting into a similar spirit by announcing today that your 55-foot tree (minimum) could be Chicago’s 2014 official Christmas tree.

The search is officially on! Through Sept. 26, the the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will accept tree nominations from the Chicago area via email at dcase@cityofchicago.org (or by mail at Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, ATTN: Christmas Tree Submission, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602. MUST be postmarked by Sept. 26).

All tree nominees must meet the following criteria:

— Trees must be at least 55 feet or taller;

— Spruce or fir trees are best (Pine trees are ineligible, as they are not sturdy enough);

— All submissions must include 3 photographs (1 from afar and 2 up-close);

— Tree must be located within 100 miles from Chicago’s Loop;

— Nomination must include name(s) of owners, address and contact information.

If your tree wins, your family will get the chance to “flip the switch” and light the tree on Daley Plaza at the 101st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony during Thanksgiving week.

More info is available at cityofchicago.org/dcase

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