It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 8

Picasso and Christmas tree

The city’s Picasso sculpture gazes over Christkindlmarkt at Daley Plaza at the official Chicago Christmas tree.  It’s a scaled-down version of the Christmas trees we used to get under the Daley administration, but money is tight these days.  It’s also much bluer looking.  Probably not a reflection of having a Jewish mayor, but instead the use of LED lights, which simply suck for Christmas applications because instead of looking warm and welcoming, they look like high tech litter.

As Chicagoans we should take pride in our tree. I ran into a group of tourists from the Plains a couple of weeks ago who thought the sunken Christmas tree in front of the John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue) was the official city tree because they couldn’t imagine a larger, more illuminated tree.  I gave them directions to Daley Plaza.  Hopefully they made it and took lots of pictures.

Author: Editor

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