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Chicago’s Huge Christmas Tree Is Coming Soon — But There Won’t Be A Lighting Ceremony

The city has picked a 45-foot blue spruce from Morgan Park as its Christmas tree for Millennium Park.

The city has picked a 45-foot blue spruce from Morgan Park as its Christmas tree for Millennium Park.
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CHICAGO — The city has picked a 45-foot blue spruce from Morgan Park as its Christmas tree for Millennium Park — and the tree’s already on the way.

But there won’t be a grand tree-lighting ceremony this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the city announced Friday.

The tree is being donated to the city by the family of Catherine Townsend, of Morgan Park, according to a Mayor’s Office news release. It’s about 45 feet tall and should be up — though not decorated — in Millennium Park by Monday.

Because the city can’t have an in-person lighting ceremony, it will instead host a virtual celebration. The online event will start 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 on YouTube. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her wife will greet viewers and talk about upcoming holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

The online event will also feature musical performances.

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