Chicago selects 2016 official Christmas tree

CHICAGO (WLS) -- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The city has chosen Chicago's 103rd Christmas tree.

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events selected a 69-foot Norway Spruce from north suburban Wauconda out of more than 120 submissions.

City officials said the tree was donated by the Bill and Margie Scholla. Bill Scholla grew up on the North Side.

The tree was cut down around 9 a.m. Thursday, officials said. It was be delivered to Millennium Park around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Over the weekend, crews erected thee tree at the park and placed a "W" flag on top, in honor of the world champion Chicago Cubs.

The city's Christmas Tree will be lit at a special ceremony on Nov. 18, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

The 103rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is open to the public and will feature performances by STOMP, the cast of the musical, "Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer" and others. Santa Claus and the Scholla family will also be there.

The Scholla family.

The Scholla family.

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