Search underway for Chicago’s official Christmas tree

CHICAGO -- Christmas is more than two months away but Chicago is already preparing for the holiday.

The search is underway for the city's official Christmas tree.

The tree must be at least 55 feet tall and preferably a spruce or fir tree -- not a pine -- and it must be located less than 100 miles from the Loop.

Trees can be nominated via email to or by mail to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, ATTN: Christmas Tree Contest, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL. 60602 (must be received by Oct. 21).

The selected tree will be announced in early November, and will be lit at the annual ceremony in Millennium Park.