City’s annual holiday tree search underway – Chicago Tribune

Off to Daley Plaza

Spruce and firs around the area are trying to lower their profiles this week as the city of Chicago starts casting a net to find the Christmas tree that will tower over Daley Plaza.

With Halloween nearly two months away, the city has opened nominations for somebody to donate a tree the city can chop down and transport to the plaza for the annual tree lighting ceremony in late November. The winning tree must be at least 55 feet tall, and pine trees are ineligible — not sturdy enough, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office.

The lucky tree must be within 100 miles of the Loop.

Applicants have to turn in three glamour shots of the tree they are nominating, two close-ups and one “from afar,” according to the city.

In 2013, a 57-foot Colorado blue spruce from South Holland was chosen. In 2012, a 64-foot Colorado spruce estimated to be 65 years old was the winner.

Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 26.

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