Published on Sunday, 17 October 2010 19:52
For the first time ever, Chicagoans will be choosing the City of Chicago's official Christmas Tree. More than seventy trees from Illinois and Indiana were submitted for consideration, ranging in height from 55 feet to 70 feet, but now three finalists have been selected as the possible tree to grace Daley Plaza this holiday season. The only way Chicagoans can choose one of these three trees is by visiting the Chicago Sun-Times' website.
Beginning tomorrow, October 18th, visitors can vote up to once a day for their favorite tree at this link HERE
. Voting will end on October 24th, with the winning tree being announced on October 25th.
The link above will show each of the three trees, along with an essay from each family donating the tree. The winning family that donated the winning tree will join Mayor Richard M. Daley on Daley Plaza for the official tree lighting ceremony during Thanksgiving week and help flip the switch.
The three trees are:
70 foot blue spruce from the Colomer Family, McHenry, IL
56 foot blue spruce from the Smith Family, Willowbrook, IL
55 foot blue spruce from the Spangler Family, Western Springs, IL
Out of all of the voters on the Sun-Times website, one randomly picked voter will also win a prize. That lucky winner will receive four VIP tickets to the official tree lighting ceremony on Thanksgiving week, as well as a strand of special Christmas lights.
The Mayor's Office of Special Events, along with the landscaping/tree professionals of The Brickman Group, selected the three finalists based on the following criteria: it must be a spruce or fir tree (no pine trees), it must be at least 55 feet or taller, tree must be accessible to insure a safe removal, and must be within 100 miles from Chicago's Loop.