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Naperville Christmas tree: Tall, green and 17

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  • A Naperville Park District crew places the city's Christmas tree in the Dandelion Fountain along the downtown Riverwalk. The 21-foot-tall blue spruce will be lighted after Thanksgiving.

      A Naperville Park District crew places the city's Christmas tree in the Dandelion Fountain along the downtown Riverwalk. The 21-foot-tall blue spruce will be lighted after Thanksgiving.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville's Christmas tree was donated by the Bennington Homeowners Association.

      Naperville's Christmas tree was donated by the Bennington Homeowners Association.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Harry Gortowski works from a bucket truck near the top of Naperville's Christmas tree near Webster Street and Jackson Avenue along the Riverwalk.

      Harry Gortowski works from a bucket truck near the top of Naperville's Christmas tree near Webster Street and Jackson Avenue along the Riverwalk.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

A really tall teenager took up residence Tuesday along Naperville's downtown Riverwalk and soon will become the city's symbol of the Christmas holiday.

No, it's not a basketball player wearing one of those light-up Rudolph sweaters, although there's certainly nothing wrong with that.

This particular teen -- a 17-year-old -- is a 21-foot blue spruce that park district crews installed in the now-dry Dandelion Fountain along the path near Webster Street and Jackson Avenue

The tree was donated by the Bennington Homeowners Association after the owner of a townhouse suggested they'd like a little more lawn and a little less tree on their lot.

Park officials say they picked the spruce out for its size, appearance and accessibility.

Crews are expected to string lights on it later this week, but the district will wait to officially flip the switch until after Thanksgiving.

The display is just a few reindeer-sized steps away from the park district's Santa House, which will open Dec. 1.

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