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The City of Chicago is looking for a tree to grace Millennium Park this holiday season and serve as the City’s “official” Christmas tree. Through October 21, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will accept tree nominations from the Chicagoland area. The family of the selected tree will get the opportunity to “flip the switch” and light the tree at the 103rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 18 in Millennium Park.
The City of Chicago’s 103rd Christmas Tree will shine this holiday season in Millennium Park near the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Washington St. Santa Claus will also set up shop for visits in the Park, and with additional holiday fun like Caroling at Cloud Gate and skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, Millennium Park will be one of Chicago’s premier holiday destinations.
In order to secure the perfect tree, all trees nominated must meet the following criteria:
Trees that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.
All submissions need to include: the owner(s) name, address, phone and email; at least two photographs (one from afar and one up close); and a brief description of why the tree should be Chicago’s official Christmas Tree including any background information on the tree that makes it special.
Trees can be nominated via email to DCASE@cityofchicago.org or by mail to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, ATTN: Christmas Tree Contest, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL. 60602 (must be received by October 21). The selected tree will be announced in early November. For complete details, please visit cityofchicago.org/dcase.
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural asses to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
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