Contest begins for Chicago's 'Official' Christmas Tree

September 7, 2011 (NEWS RELEASE)

Beginning September 7 through September 30, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will accept tree nominations for this year's tree in Daley Plaza. The top three tree finalists will then be voted on by Chicagoans.

Once the tree is selected the winning family will get the chance to "flip the switch" and light the tree on Daley Plaza at the 98th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by Underwriters Laboratories the week of Thanksgiving. The winner will also receive decorative LED lights courtesy of Underwriter Laboratories.

Last year the Colomer family of McHenry, Illinois nominated their winning 70 foot blue spruce. It stood in Daley Plaza as Chicago's 97th "official" Christmas tree. Will your tree be number 98 to shine this holiday season?

In order to secure the perfect tree, all trees nominated must meet the following criteria to be considered.

Trees must be at least 55 feet or taller;
Spruce or Pine Trees are best. Pine trees are ineligible, they are not sturdy enough;
Please include a brief description of why your tree should be Chicago's Official Christmas Tree and include any background information on the tree;
All submissions must include 3 photographs (1 from afar and 2 up close) or the tree will not be considered;
Tree must be located within 100 miles from Chicago's Loop;
Please provide name(s) of owners, address, contact information, etc.;
Trees that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.

Trees can be submitted via email to or by mail to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, ATTN: Christmas Tree Contest, 121 North LaSalle Street, Room 806, Chicago, Ill 60602 (must be postmarked by September 30). Chicagoans will be able to vote on the three finalists beginning October 17 through October 25. The winner will be announced in late October. For complete contest details please visit or

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