62-foot spruce from Grayslake is Chicago’s Christmas tree

GRAYSLAKE, Ill.  — A 62-foot (18.9-meter) Norway spruce growing in suburban Grayslake was chopped down Thursday morning so it can be Chicago’s 2017 Christmas tree.

The city of Chicago says the Dorfler family’s tree was chosen from 71 submissions to be the tree displayed in Millennium Park.

The city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events says the tree is to be cut down in Grayslake on Thursday morning and delivered to Millennium Park along Lake Michigan on Friday evening.

The Dorfler family will join dignitaries and Santa Claus for the city’s annual tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. WGN’s Demetrius and Erin Ivory will be hosting the ceremony.