The city of Chicago has a job opening and the main qualification is pretty unusual: Applicants must be at least 45 feet tall.
Along with the height requirement, the following criteria apply:
— Located within 50 miles of Chicago’s Loop.
— Preference given to Norway spruce or other fir tree (such as Douglas, Fraser or Noble). Pine trees are ineligible, due to lack of sturdiness.
That’s right, the hunt is on for the city’s next official Christmas tree, with nominations open through Oct. 12.
Send submissions to [email protected]. Be sure to include:
— The owner(s) name, address, phone and email.
— 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. 17. The tree will remain illuminated through early January 2024.
Chicago’s 2022 tree came from Morton Grove. The 55-foot Colorado blue spruce was donated by the Glisovic family.