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New Christmas tree lands in Pioneer Court downtown

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November 19, 2012|By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko | RedEye

It’s not Marilyn Monroe, but it has taken her place in Pioneer Court.

On Monday, crews were setting up--and repairing--a giant tree on the Magnificent Mile plaza near the river, preparing to install the decoration for property management at 401 N. Michigan Ave. At more than 45 feet high, it’s hard to miss. Here’s some fast facts about the festive fir:

Height: 47 feet

Weight: 4,400 pounds

Type: Con-color fir

Where’s it from? Armintrout's nursery in Allegan, Mich.

What’s going on it? 400 to 500 strings of colored LED lights, according to Travis Glay of Landscape Concepts Management.

What’s with all the broken branches? “All the trees get busted,” Glay said, adding that dozens of extra branches were sent with the tree to be re-affixed after transport. It was too big to fit down the road, so Glay said several branches were purposely broken so it was road ready.

How long does it take to prep? About three full days, Glay said.

When’s it being taken down? “Until they tell me to come take it down,” Glay joked. In all likelihood, the tree will be up through the new year.

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