Halloween is still weeks away, but Chicago officials are already thinking about Christmas.
The hunt is on for the city's official Christmas tree, with nominations open through Friday.
Think you've got the winner? For a tree to be considered, it needs to meet the following criteria:
— 45 feet or taller.
— Located within 50 miles of Chicago's Loop.
— Preference given to Norway spruce or other fir tree (like Douglas, Fraser or Noble). Pine trees are ineligible, due to lack of sturdiness.
Send submissions to [email protected]. In addition to the owner(s) name, address, phone and email, nominations should include a brief description of what makes the tree special. Attach at least two photos, one of which should be a close-up image and the other a wide shot of the tree's full height.
The selected tree will serve as the centerpiece of Chicago's official holiday celebrations in Millennium Park, beginning with the tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. The tree will remain illuminated through Jan. 8.
Chicago's 2021 tree came from the Logan Square neighborhood. The 51-foot blue spruce was donated by Noemi and Mario Benavides.