Discussion: Are These The Best Xmas Tree Spots?

By Mike Fourcher | Monday, November 28, 2011

Trees for sale in the St. Matthias parking lot on Monday. Credit: Mike Fourcher

Every year, on Thanksgiving weekend, empty lots manage to fill up with conifers for the holidays. Racks of trees, wreaths and sometimes holly are arrayed behind beat up fences and hand painted signs reading, “Trees For Sale”.

But the thing is, unless you drive around the neighborhood, it’s hard to keep track of these places – let alone know which ones are any good. So we at CSJ have done a bit of homework for you in advance. We drove around and took note of the Christmas tree vendors we could find this weekend.

Here’s where we found trees for sale. Then, if you’ve got tips, complaints or another place to share, drop a note in the comments.

  • Irving Park Rd. and Paulina St.
  • Lawrence Ave. and Seeley Ave.
  • The 4500 N. Lincoln Ave. block, next to the Daily Bar & Grill
  • Queen of Angels parking lot, Western Ave. and Sunnyside Ave.
  • St. Matthias parking lot, Western Ave. and Ainsley St.
Do you know of other spots? Had a good or bad experience with a vendor? Tell us in the comments!


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  • Donna Martin

    I always stick with Gethsemane Garden Center. Yeah, it’s a bit more expensive, but it’s worth it to me because I trust them to have quality products and they’re a permanent presence in the neighborhood that I like to support.

    • Anonymous

      Can’t go wrong with them. I’ve bought lots of plants there. A bit out of our coverage area though.

  • Nicholas Brewer

    I’ve bought trees from the lot on Seeley and Lawrence for the past 4 years.  The guy who works there has always been very polite and friendly.  I think they sell frasier firs  primarily, but they’re not always the freshest trees around.  However, I only live a block away from the lot so it’s tough to argue with the convenience of walking my Christmas tree home vs. tying it to the roof of my car.

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