The Christmas tree will always be the primary staple of the holiday season and while, as a society, we are becoming increasingly akin to simply picking an artificial spruce up from the mall, the nostalgic underpinnings of picking out a real tree still cannot be rivaled.
For Chicago residents, there are quite a few places to go with your family if you’d like the real tree experience of being able to pick out a fresher pine with its authentic smell and these locations also make for a great weekend daytrip.
Ben’s Christmas Tree Farm
7719 Ryan Rd., Chicago IL
Families can enjoy a wagon ride onto the tree field and then make their selection from a wide variety of pine, spruce and fir trees. The Ben’s staff provide saws and twine to help you chop down your selection and also assist you I wrapping and attaching the tree to your car’s roof. It’s $6-$8.75 per foot. Ben’s is open until December 22.
Bengston’s Christmas Trees
10919 W. Wilmington Rd., Peotone IL
There are 10 types of fir trees available at Bengston’s and you can enjoy hot chocolate and mini-doughnuts while your tree is being prepared for you to take home. It’s $7-10 per foot. Bengston’s is open until December 22.
Ide Christmas Tree Farm
1500 83rd St., Downers Grove IL
You will find 35 acres of land and 45,000 trees to choose from, making Ide Christmas Tree Farm, one of the best places to grab a tree in the windy city. All trees at this location are $65 and Ide does not accept credit cards. The location is open until December 22.
45 Lees Rd., Maple Park IL
This small tree stop still offers a lot of choice among its firs, pines and spruces. The homely location also offers hot chocolate, popcorn and homemade cookies along with a gorgeous view of Lily Lake. It’s open until December 22.