Annual Chicago Christmas tree contest is underway

The tree will be set up in Millennium Park near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Washington Street.

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Chicago’s official Christmas tree will be located in Millennium Park once again, but this year’s official lighting ceremony will be closed to the public due to the pandemic.

Chicago’s official Christmas tree stands in Millennium Park in 2019.

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The city of Chicago is getting into the holiday spirit in a big way.

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events on Friday announced the annual search for the massive tree to grace Millennium Park and serve as the City’s 107th “official”Christmastree.

Nominations must come from a Chicago-arealocation and are being accepted at atdcase@cityofchicago.org through Oct. 23.

The tree will be set up in Millennium Park near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and WashingtonStreet.

Nominated trees must meet the following specifications:

  • Be at least45 feet tall.
  • Be located less than50 miles from Chicago’s Loop, with preference given totreeswithin 15 miles of Chicago.
  • Preferably be aNorwaySpruce or Fir; pinetreesare ineligible, as they are not sturdy enough.

All submissionsmust include the owner(s) name, address, phone and email; a brief description of why thetreeshould be Chicago’s officialChristmastree,including any information about what makes thetree special; and at least two photographs of the tree — one from afar, one up-close.

Details on the official tree lighting will be announced at a later date.

Complete rules and information can be found at  MillenniumPark.org.

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