How to Submit Your Tree to Be Chicago's Official Christmas Tree

Think your evergreen tree could become the center of Chicago's holiday celebration this year? 

The search is on for the city's next official Christmas tree. 

Submissions must be 55 feet or taller, a spruce or fir, and located less than 100 miles from downtown. 

At least two photos of the tree, one close up and one from afar, must be submitted by Oct. 20. 

To nominate a tree, submissions must include the owner’s name, address, phone and email along with a brief essay on why the tree should be Chicago's offiical Christmas tree.

Entries can be sent via email to or via mail to: Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, ATTN: Christmas Tree Contest, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL. 60602.  

The selection will be announced in early November, city officials said. 

The 104th lighting of the tree ceremony is set for Nov. 17 at Millennium Park. 

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