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Daley Plaza Christmas Tree En Route To Chicago (VIDEO)

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A McHenry family has won Chicago's Christmas tree contest--and their 70-foot blue spruce is now on its way to Chicago's Daley Plaza.

After years of using fake trees, the city held a contest last year seeking any spruce or fir within 100 miles of downtown Chicago, NBC reports. The contest continued this year, and McHenry's Colomer family won.

According to the Chicago Tribune, generations of children at Montini Catholic Middle School watched the tree grow across from their school. One family member told NBC Chicago that their grandfather wanted to cut the tree down, but their grandmother had her way and it stayed, until Thursday.

The tree will be placed in Chicago's Daley Plaza. Mayor Daley will join the Colomer family (and thousands more) for a tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 24.

WATCH the Colomer family discuss the tree's history here:

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcchicago.com/video.