Mackinaw Christmas Ship brings trees for Chicago families

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It's the time of year, the "Chistmas Ship" is coming to town

Hundreds of Chicago families will get a free Christmas tree today because of it.

For 15 past years, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter "Mackinaw" has sailed down from Cheboygan, Michigan to navy pier with the Christmas trees on board.

This year, they brought more than 1200.

The Mackinaw re-enacts the original "Chicago Christmas ship" from the late 1800s, which brought trees every year until the ship sank in 1912.

To kick off today's celebration, Taft High School Choir will perform, and a wreath will be dropped in honor of the original Chicago Christmas Ship.

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