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Daley Plaza Christmas tree headed to Chicago from Elgin

The City of Chicago announced that the Atkinson Family tree from northwest suburban Elgin has been selected to serve as this year’s official Christmas tree in Daley Plaza.

The 57-foot Colorado blue spruce will be lit at the 101st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 25. The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. with live performances by Dee Snider, Hansel and Gretel and The Grinch, followed by the lighting ceremony at 5 p.m.

The Atkinson’s tree had been a runner-up for the past three years in the annual competition.“My friends and family are looking forward to celebrating in Chicago. I’m ready to flip the switch!,” said owner Donna Atkinson in a statement.

The tree will be cut down on Thursday and delivered to Daley Plaza (Washington and Dearborn) after 7 p.m. Friday.

The decorated tree will be on display Nov. 25, 2014 through Jan. 6, 2015.