October 9, 2020

The City of Chicago is Looking for the Perfect Christmas Tree

The 107th Annual Christmas Tree will return to Millennium Park

Christine Carrino    christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org, 312.656.6108

Jamey Lundblad    jamey.lundblad@cityofchicago.org

 

CHICAGO, IL — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) are looking for a tree to grace Millennium Park and serve as the City’s “official” Christmas tree this holiday season. Nominations for trees from the Chicagoland area will be accepted at dcase@cityofchicago.org through Friday, October 23. The City of Chicago’s 107th Christmas Tree will shine this holiday season in Millennium Park near the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Washington St.

All nominated trees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 45 feet or taller;
  • Be located less than 50 miles from Chicago’s Loop, but preference will be given to trees within 15 miles of Chicago;
  • AND preferably, be a Norway Spruce or Fir Tree. Pine trees are ineligible, they are not sturdy enough.

Trees that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.

All submissions sent to dcase@cityofchicago.org need to include:

  • the owner(s) name, address, phone and email;
  • 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; and
  • at least two photographs (one from afar and one up close).

For complete details, please visit chicago.gov/dcase.

Millennium Park is open daily, 8am to 9pm, including the Great Lawn area with social distancing circles. Visitors are required to practice physical distancing and wear face coverings. Visit MillenniumPark.org to plan your visit - including where to enter/exit the park and which facilities are open. For information about Millennium Park, visit millenniumpark.org, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@Millennium Park).

Millennium Park holiday programs are produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and presented by Powering Chicago IBEW 134/NECA, with support from the Millennium Park Foundation and Chicago Transit Authority.

 

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events 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 assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

 

Powering Chicago IBEW134/NECA

Powering Chicago brings together the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 134 electricians and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) of the City of Chicago, Powering Chicago is an electrical industry labor-management partnership (LMCC) that invests in consistently better construction, better careers and better communities within the metro Chicago region.

 

Millennium Park Foundation

The Millennium Park Foundation, a private, philanthropic nonprofit partner, was created in 1998 to support the City of Chicago’s efforts in the design, construction, and curation of Millennium Park. It is the steward of Millennium Park’s internationally-recognized icons and public features. These include the prestigious Jay Pritzker Pavilion and dramatic BP Pedestrian Bridge, world-renowned Cloud Gate and Lurie Garden, iconic Crown Fountain, and exquisite Boeing Galleries for public art exhibitions. Through its ongoing development initiatives, the Millennium Park Foundation is dedicated to keeping Millennium Park a free, accessible and equitable venue for all Chicagoans today, and for generations to come.

 

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