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5 Must-See Christmas Trees in the Chicago Loop


Posted  6 months ago  by  Brittany Tepper

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

The spectacular 45-foot Great Tree greets guests as they enter the historic Walnut Room, located on the seventh floor of Macy’s on State Street. This year’s ornaments and décor celebrate Chicago’s historic landmarks including the store’s famous Marshall Field’s clocks, Chicago Ferris Wheel and a miniature ‘L’ Train. Sneak a peek while shopping or reserve your seat for The Great Tree Buffet, a new dining experience featuring a selection of the restaurant’s famous dishes. Families can also enjoy breakfast or lunch with Santa & Mrs. Claus on select days from November 24 – December in the Narcissus Room.

Learn More about Holiday Dining at Macy's on State St.

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

Starting November 16, travelers and Chicagoans alike will get the chance to marvel at the City of Chicago’s official Christmas Tree in 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. The tree will make its official debut during the City of Chicago’s Christmas Tree Lighting on November 16 at 6 p.m. in Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square with special performances by cast members from 'Twas the Night Before Christmas', musicians from the Grant Park Music Festival, and a special appearance by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

Learn more about the City of Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting

Find the Christmas Pickle in 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! 

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, and on select Saturdays from November 24-December 22 families can enjoy special cookie decorating with Santa Claus.


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.