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The 2014 Daley Plaza Christmas Tree during the official tree lighting ceremony. (Credit: CBS)

The History Of The Official Chicago Christmas Tree

For 101 years now, the City of Chicago has lit up an official tree to celebrate Christmas.



Too Early For A Christmas Tree? Not To Sellers

CBS 2’s Jim Williams has tree-buying tips for people who are getting a jump on the holiday tradition.


The 57-foot blue spruce in Donna Atkinson's yard in Elgin will be cut down and installed at Daley Plaza as the city's official Christmas tree for 2014. (Credit: City of Chicago)

Elgin Woman’s Blue Spruce Selected As Chicago Christmas Tree

The nearly 70-foot tall tree on Donna Atkinson’s property in Elgin dwarfs her tiny one-story house, so she figured donating it to the city of Chicago would be the perfect inexpensive way to remove it.


The 2013 Christmas tree was a 57 foot Colorado blue spruce.  (Credit: city of Chicago)

City Now Accepting Nominations For Daley Plaza Christmas Tree

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Event will begin accepting tree nominations beginning September 8-26.



Recycling Christmas Trees

Don’t try to throw away your natural Christmas tree. Recycle it! Here are a list of dropoff locations within the city of Chicago: Bessemer Park, 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. Clark Park, 3400 N. Rockwell St. […]


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Christmas Tree Lights Up Daley Plaza

Chicago’s official Christmas tree is lighting up Daley Plaza this hour after the official tree-lighting ceremony during the Tuesday evening rush hour.


A depiction of fireworks above the Daley Plaza tree lighting. (Credit: City Of Chicago)

2013 Chicago Tree Lighting Tuesday To Include Fireworks

The city will officially light up its Christmas tree on Daley Plaza on Tuesday, but that’s only part of the show.


A plaque dedicated to Captain Herman Schueneman. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Plaque Honors ‘Captain Santa’ Who Sailed On Christmas Tree Ship

Members of a Chicago church dedicated a plaque today in honor of Herman Schueneman captain of “The Christmas Tree Ship,” which, long ago, brought trees to Chicago and gave many to the poor, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.



Drop Off Your Christmas Trees At City Parks

The gifts are unwrapped, and soon the pine needles will starting to fall to the floor, meaning it’s almost time to plan for the removal of your Christmas tree.


Burglar Helps Self To Cake, Watches TV, Turns On Tree Lights

A would be burglar with a bit of the holiday spirit is now behind bars



Best Holiday Craft Ideas From Chicago Artists

From beaded photo frames to ornaments featuring inside jokes, the holidays are a perfect time to add a bit of kitsch to your celebrations. Three Chicago art stores give tips on how to add flair to decorations this year.


James Dombrowski is the owner City Tree Delivery. (CBS)

Looking For The Perfect Holiday Tree? Here Are Some Hints

CBS 2’s Courtney Gousman talked to some tree experts to get the tips you need to know before making the big decision.


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Need A Little Christmas? Macy’s Decks Out The Walnut Room Tree

Tomorrow’s Halloween, but on State Street Macy’s is decking out its store for Christmas.


Bundles of Christmas tree lights strands, like this one, were stolen Monday in Flossmoor. (CBS)

Christmas Tree Recycling Effort Marred By Theft Of Light Strands

Organizers had hoped to use the proceeds from the recycling to help finance next year’s Christmas tree drive. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


A Man And Boy Shop For A Christmas Tree. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Chicago Urges Residents To Recycle Trees

If your Christmas tree has more pine needles on the floor than on its branches, it may be time to recycle it.



Guide To Finding The Perfect Christmas Tree

Your number one spot for the perfect Christmas tree!


A shopper searches for a Christmas tree. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Which Type Of Christmas Tree — Real Or Artificial — Is More ‘Green’?

As far as Christmas trees go, there are two kinds of people: real tree people and artificial tree people. But, which kind of tree is better for the environment?


A shopper searches for a Christmas tree. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Thanksgiving Weekend One Of Busiest Times For Christmas Tree Shopping

After the turkey and the shopping comes the Christmas tree. Farms in McHenry County say this is one of their busiest weekends.


Hundreds of people turned out for the annual hoilday tree lighting ceremony in the Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza on Nov. 23, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Lights City Christmas Tree At Daley Plaza

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago’s first Jewish mayor, flipped the switch for the city’s 98th annual tree lighting ceremony at Daley Plaza on Wednesday.

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The Spangler family tree.

This Year’s Daley Plaza Christmas Tree Cut Down In Western Springs

Chicago’s Christmas tree was cut down this morning in spectacular fashion Thursday morning from outside a home in Western Springs.

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