Chicago in search of city's 'official' Christmas tree to display in Millennium Park

Saturday, October 10, 2020
Chicago's 2019 Christmas tree to come from Elgin man's front yard
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Chicago's official 2019 Christmas tree will be cut down from an Elgin front yard Thursday morning and travel to Millennium Park.

CHICAGO -- Christmas is just around the corner and the City of Chicago is already in search of the perfect Christmas tree.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) are looking for a tree to grace Millennium Park and serve as the City's "official" Christmas tree this holiday season.

RELATED: Chicago's 2019 Christmas tree comes from Elgin man's front yard

Nominations for tree from the Chicagoland area will be accepted through October 23, city officials said.

All nominated tree must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 45 feet or taller;
  • Be located less than 0 miles from Chicago's Loop, but preference will be given to trees within 15 miles of Chicago; and
  • Preferable, be a Norway Spruce or Fir Tree. Pine trees are ineligible, as they are not sturdy enough.
  • Tree that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.

    The City of Chicago's 107th Christmas Tree will shine this holiday season in Millennium Park near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Washington Street.

    RELATED: Chicago lights Christmas tree in Millennium Park

    To submit a tree for consideration, you can email

    Submissions must include:

  • the owner(s) name, address, phone and email;
  • a brief description of why the tree should be Chicago's official Christmas Tree - including any background information on the tree that makes it special; and
  • at least two photographs of the tree (one from afar and one up close).
  • For more information or details, visit the Millennium Park website.

    The video featured is from a previous report.