Chicago’s official Christmas tree moving from Daley Plaza to Millennium Park

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CHICAGO -- The city's official Christmas tree will be relocated to Chicago's Millennium Park this holiday season after a nearly 50-year run at Daley Plaza.

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events said the 2015 tree will be unveiled at a tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 24, in Millennium Park.

The tree had previously called Daley Plaza home for the past 48 years, with the exception of 1982.

The city still hasn't chosen which tree will be featured; it is accepting nominations through Oct. 26. 

The Department of Cultural Affairs released the following criteria for potential trees:

  • Must at least 55 feet tall
  • Must e located less than 100 miles from Chicago’s Loop
  • Preferably would be a Spruce or Fir Tree. "Pine trees are ineligible, they are not sturdy enough," the department said.

Also, all submissions for tree nominations must include the following:

  • The name(s) of owners, address, contact information, etc.
  • At least two photographs, one from afar and one up close
  • A brief description of why the tree should be Chicago’s official Christmas tree

Nominations can be submitted to or by mail to the following address:

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

ATTN: Christmas Tree Contest

78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, Ill. 60602

All submissions must be received by Oct. 26.