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Top Places To Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree

December 3, 2010 1:18 PM

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Tis The Season To Buy A Christmas Tree

Tis The Season To Buy A Christmas Tree

Tis The Season To Buy A Christmas Tree

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Venturing out to cut down your own Christmas tree might be one of the more iconic images of the Christmas season. Tromping through snow covered fields to find the perfect tree to bring home to your living room. While the Chicago forest preserves might not be too wild about you cutting down one of their trees, there are plenty of Christmas tree farms around the Chicagoland area that would love to see you.

Ziegler Christmas Tree Farm

This farm offers fun for the whole family, including the dog. They offer Firs, Pines and Spruce trees and even wreaths, boughs and garland. While they shake and bale your tree for free, you can peruse the gift shop and get some Christmas shopping done.

42W109 McDonald Road
Elgin, IL 60124
Phone: 847-464-5776

Christmas Tree Farmers

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Pioneer Tree Farm

Looking for a tree raised organically, this is your place. Approximately 50 miles north of Chicago, the farm offers free tractor-drawn wagon rides to and from the trees, coffee and cocoa and tree shaking and baling. And for you first-timers, they also offer a great guide on their website for tips on cutting your own tree.

4614 Pioneer Rd.
McHenry, IL 60051
Phone: 815-385-8512

Ide Christmas Tree Farm

If you’re not looking to drive too far outside of the city, but don’t mind spending a bit more for a tree than other farms ($60) then visit Ide. They run by a more self-serve method. There are no helpers in the field to offer their services, so if you think you might need help getting the tree on your car roof make sure you have some of your own helpers. They have saws available for a $5 deposit, tree hauler wagons and twine for your car. They don’t accept credit cards like most places so make sure you have cash on you when you pay on your way out.

1500 83rd St.
Downers Grove, IL 60516
Phone: 630-743-4032

Abbey Farms of Marmion Abbey

With over 120 acres of trees to choose from, you are bound to find the perfect one here. For only $30-$40 you can find a great tree. If you are looking for a pre-cut one, the cost is a little bit more. All tree sales help support the community at Marmion Abbey. They offer sleds for kids or to help transport your tree and free hot chocolate to enjoy around their warming fires.

850 Butterfield Rd.
Aurora, IL 60502
Phone: 630-897-7215 x375

Richardson Farm

Here you’ll find over 50,000 trees spread out over 75 acres. Enjoy a free wagon ride out to the trees and then it’s happy hunting until you find the right one. When you find it, they shake and bale it in plastic netting for free. They’ll even tag it so you can go enjoy free hot chocolate and coffee. Check out the website to view the different types of Christmas trees and a detailed description of each.

9407 Richardson Rd.
Spring Grove, IL 60081
Phone: 815-675-9729

Rachel Azark is a writer and lives on Chicago’s northwest side. Read more of her work on her blog

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  • Love nature

    Can people stop killing nature!!! go and get a fake tree and let this beatiful tree live. Is a crime that in about 4 weeks you see this trees dead in the curbs of this mansion, Shame on!!!

    • Ashley

      At least you can recycle the trees. Plastic is even worst for the environment1

    • Pete

      English as a second language?

  • Maria

    Do something good for christmas, plant them not cut them!!!

  • Tom

    Christmas trees are a crop that is grown to be cut. The people that plant them are farmers and earn a living growing them. No shame on anyone.

  • Roman Phernetton

    Thank you for your resource! I really appreciate what you’re providing here.

  • Burton Coin

    I really respect what you’re writing here. Keep going that way. Take care!


    When you see the trees for recycling your local village or town will come around and get them on garbage day for chipping. TREE HUGGERS MAYBE YOU SHOULD SEE IF YOUR TOWN OR VILLAGE HAS THIS PROGRAM! You can not stop Christmas the celebration of Christ. Merry Christmas!

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