55-foot spruce in Elgin chopped down for Chicago’s Christmas tree

The 55-foot Blue Spruce from Elgin is being donated by Gene Nelson and his family.

ELGIN, Ill. – The City of Chicago’s Christmas tree is one step closer to show time!

A 55-foot Blue Spruce, donated by Gene Nelson and his family in Elgin, was chopped down Thursday and loaded onto a truck for Millennium Park.

Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events chose Nelson’s tree from more than 40 submissions.

The annual tree lighting ceremony will be held Friday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. in Millennium Park. Nelson and his family will light the tree at 6:30 p.m.

Ice skating, music, exhibitions, Santa Claus and an art market will also be there to round out the event.

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