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Downtown Christmas Tree: Hunt Begins for Chicago's 100th Holiday Spruce

 A lighted tree in the Loop
A lighted tree in the Loop
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THE LOOP — Is a tree on your property destined for greatness?

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is seeking a few good spruces and firs as contenders for Chicago's 100th Christmas tree.

In 1913, the city designated its first "official" Christmas tree and illuminated it with a ceremony.

Today, a tree more than 55 feet in height growing within 100 miles of the Loop is selected each year, outfitted with lights and switched on in November at Daley Plaza.

Submissions to nominate potential trees will be accepted through Friday via dcase@cityofchicago.org or by calling 312-744-3316.

The individual or family whose tree is chosen gets the honor of flipping the light switch at the 100th Annual Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Contenders must be easily and safely removable.