CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s official Christmas tree is on its way from Elmhurst to Millennium Park, after city crews cut down a 60-foot Norway spruce donated by Deborah Orth and her family.

The city chose Orth’s tree from among 79 submissions in this year’s competition for the Millennium Park tree.

The Orth family’s 60-foot Norway Spruce tree was chosen to be decorated and displayed in Millennium Park as the official Christmas tree for the city of Chicago in 2018. (Credit: CBS)

Orth said it’s not easy to give up her tree, but “the tree’s been way too big for way too long.”

“I knew that Chicago was taking applications several years ago, and every year swear I’m going to do it, and haven’t done it,” she said. “The last two years, I heard the announcement that they’d picked the tree already. So this year I put on my calendar a week ahead of time ‘Application Deadline.’”

On the day of the deadline, she got a reminder on her phone as she pulled into her driveway, so filled out her application then and there.

City workers cut down the tree Thursday morning and loaded it onto a flatbed truck.

The Orth family’s 60-foot Norway Spruce tree in Elmhurst was wrapped up to be shipped to Millennium Park on Nov. 1, 2018, to be decorated and displayed as Chicago’s official Christmas tree for 2018. (Credit: CBS)

The tree will arrive at Millennium Park on Friday.

The tree lighting ceremony will be Nov. 16 at 6 p.m.