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Chicago Finds Its Christmas Tree In Wauconda

By Heather Cherone | November 3, 2016 5:51pm | Updated on November 14, 2016 9:42am
 Chicago's Christmas tree is a 69-foot Norway Spruce from Wauconda.
Chicago's Christmas tree is a 69-foot Norway Spruce from Wauconda.
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CHICAGO — The city's official Christmas tree is on its way to Millennium Park, officials said Thursday.

Donated by the Scholla family of Wauconda, the 69-foot Norway Spruce is set to arrive at Millennium Park at 7:30 p.m. Friday, city officials said.

The tree beat out 120 other tree submitted to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events during the late summer and fall.

Bill Scholla, who nominated the tree, is a native of the North Side and lives in Wauconda with his wife, Margie.

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After 48 years in Daley Plaza, the city's Christmas tree will spend its second year at Millennium Park, where the city offers ice skating and other winter-themed events such as caroling at the Bean.

The Scholla family will help light the tree at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 as part of the 103rd annual event that will include an appearance by Santa Claus as well as performances by the cast of the musicals "Stomp" and "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," officials said.

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