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City Tree Founder talks about the history at City Tree and discusses the eco friendly side of real trees. Click here to watch the video

From ABC 7 Chicago: 

November 27, 2011 (WLS) -- It's the time of the year when we get our Christmas trees, but there are several factors to consider.

For example, how do you get the tree home? How can you choose a sustainable tree option?

City Tree Delivery has taken these questions to heart. Until Christmas Day (or earlier if they run out of trees), they will sell Christmas trees at the Big Star restaurant parking lot.

But City Tree Delivery also allows you to order a tree and even ornaments and services online, and the company then delivers the tree to your house. You can even order in-home tree and accessory delivery, setup, and tree removal/ recycling!

Chris Hohenstein, founder of City Tree Delivery, joined us live during our ABC7 News Sunday Morning newscast from the Big Star lot to tell us all about the services his company offers. City Tree is a member of "One Percent for the Planet," and it donates a percent of sales to green charities.

Big Star Lot Tree Sale 
1531 N. Damen Ave. 
Monday - Friday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
Saturday & Sunday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
Tree Prices: Start at around $40

Tips for picking out a tree

1. Find a fresh and healthy tree 
- Green, pliable needles that are firmly attached 
- Minimal shedding

2. Find the shape and height you like

Tree Care (courtesy of the National Tree Association)

1. Get the tree into water within 6-8 hours from the cut 
2. If need be, temporarily store the tree in a cool place for several days before placing it into water 
3. Displaying trees in a traditional reservoir stand is the easiest and most effective way of maintaining their freshness, color, smell, and minimize needle loss 
4. Do not whittle out edges of a tree trunk to fit in a stand; the outer layers are most effective in water absorption 
5. Check the water level daily; make sure it is above the bottom of the trunk 
6. Display your tree as far away from heat sources as possible 
7. Use low heat-emitting lights, such as LED lights 
8. Inspect the lights for frays and worn-out strings 
9. Don't overload circuits with too many strings of lights 
10. Turn off lights when going to bed or leaving the house

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