Out of 74 entries submitted to the Mayor's Office of Special Events, the three strong and silent finalists were all blue spruces:
To view the three finalists, visit www.explorechicago.org/specialevents
The voting deadline was Oct. 24. The tree will be illuminated at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, on Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. by Mayor Daley, officially kicking off the holiday season in the Loop.
From November 24- December 31, 2010, Chicago's Daley Plaza is transformed into the Christkindlmarket, an outdoor German market. Inspired by the famous Nuremburg Christmas market, it offers handmade gifts and food. Christkindlmarket, www.christkindlmarket.com, is open Sunday-Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
From November 24- December 31, 2010, Santa will hold a children's workshop at Daley Plaza with fun activities and safety tips. He'll also be available for photos:
The Associated Press contributed to this report.