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The Spruce Is Loose

Daley's last tree lighting as mayor set for Nov. 24



    Daley Plaza Christmas Tree

    McHenry Christmaas tree is cut down and will end up in Daley Plaza for Chicagoans to enjoy. (Published Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010)

    The Christmas tree tabbed to preside over Daley Plaza for the holiday months is on its way to the show.

    Crews cut down the 70-foot spruce Thursday in McHenry and loaded it onto a truck.

    This year the city aimed for a much bigger tree this year than the 2009 version.  Officials hosted an open contest for any spruce or fir within 100 miles of the Loop. The contest deadline was extended after the initial submissions fell short of the 55-foot-tall minimum, about the size of last year's tree.

    The behemoth blue spruce from McHenry was voted best by Chicagoans in an online poll. It was cut off an undeveloped lot owned by the Colomer family.

    The tree is to be erected in Daley Plaza Friday Nov. 5, and the lighting ceremony will start 4:30 pm on Nov. 24, the day before Thanksgiving. Mayor Daley and the Colomer family are set to flip the switch at 5 pm.

    The lighting will be Daley's last as Mayor of Chicago.