Chicago Chooses 101st Annual Christmas Tree

This is the fourth year in a row a family from Elgin nominated the tree

The fourth time is the charm for a persistent Elgin family and their 57-foot Colorado blue spruce.

Donna Atkinson nominated her family's tree to become Chicago's official Christmas tree for the past three years and each year was picked runner-up.

This year, the spotlight is on them. The tree was chosen as the city's 101st annual Christmas tree, to be unveiled and lit Nov. 25 on Daley Plaza.

“My friends and family are looking forward to celebrating in Chicago," Atkinson said. "I’m ready to flip the switch!”

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events received more than 80 submissions from Chicago area residents. Crews will cut down Atkinson's tree on Tuesday and deliver it to Daley Plaza on Friday.

The lighting ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. with live performances by "Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale," "Hansel & Gretel - A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat" and The Grinch from "Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas."

The tree lights up at 5 p.m. and remains on display through Jan. 6, 2015.

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