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5 Must-See Christmas Trees in the Chicago Loop

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3 MIN READ - These five Christmas trees are the definition of holiday grandeur. Spend a day exploring the Loop’s magnificent holiday displays or take a break from holiday shopping and visit your favorites – there is no better way to get into the holiday spirit!


The Great Tree in Macy's Walnut Room

This year, the world-famous Great Tree emulates the Believe in the Wonder theme through the wonder of giving. It features large gifts and festive silver, gold and red colors. The tree features more than 2,000 ornaments and 6,600 sparkling lights. The Great Tree is 45-feet tall and hangs from the ceiling of the Walnut Room, the very first restaurant in a department store and the nation’s longest continuously-running restaurant. Since it hangs from the ceiling, the very first piece to be installed is the star that sits on top. Section by section, the Great Tree is steadily lifted, constructed and decorated from the top down until completed.

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The City of Chicago’s Official Christmas Tree in Millennium Park

Travelers and Chicagoans alike will get a chance to marvel at the City of Chicago’s official Christmas Tree at Millennium Park. This year’s tree was selected from seventy-nine candidates from throughout the Chicagoland area. Deborah Orth and her family donated the 48-year-old, 60-foot Norway Spruce from their Elmhurst, IL. home.

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Palmer House Hilton’s Historic Christmas Tree

No Christmas Tree in the Loop is quite as grand as the Palmer House Hilton’s Grand Christmas Tree. Located in the hotel’s stunning lobby, the 18-foot tall tree is decorated with over 7,000 twinkling lights. Grab a hot toddy or mulled-wine at Lockwood Restaurant & Bar and enjoy the Christmas display under the historic lobby murals.

The Berghoff Restaurant's Christmas Tree

The Berghoff Restaurant has been a signature holiday dining experience in the Loop for over a hundred years. Lush draped garland, life sized nutcrackers and brightly colored ornaments cover the historic German restaurant's rich wood interior. The 16-foot Christmas Tree in the main dining room bring one of the Loop's most beloved family traditions to life with 'Die Weihnachtsgurke' or the Christmas Pickle. Those 12 and under can find the hidden pickle in the Christmas Tree for a complimentary root beer! 

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Hilton Chicago’s Extravagant 24-Foot Christmas Tree and Gingerbread Hotel

Named one of the best Christmas displays in the nation by Conde Nast Traveler, Hilton Chicago’s 24-foot Christmas Tree, life-size gingerbread hotel and 60-foot wreaths make up one of the most extravagant and must-see displays in the city. The life-size replica of the hotel in gingerbread takes over 270 hours to complete and is made up of 16,000 gingerbread bricks. Book a stay to experience the hotel in all its holiday splendor.

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Holidays in the Loop

Craft the perfect holiday itinerary for you and your family in the Chicago Loop.

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