The holiday season can be very stressful as we try to fit too many chores and errands into just a few weeks. While not yet available here in Elmhurst, City Tree Delivery provides a service to the Chicago area that may just make this time a bit less hectic for many people.

Local small business City Tree Delivery offers its customers Michigan-grown Fraser Fir Christmas trees delivered straight to their doors as well as set-up, removal, and recycling. Commercial grade LED lights and American-made tree stands are also available either for sale or for rent. The company also offers decorating services for both commercial and residential customers. The products are also available at their tree lot at Big Star in Bucktown (1531 N. Damen).

A member of 1% for the Planet and Trees for the Future, City Tree’s business motto is “Dedicated to Sustainability while Delivering Convenience.” More than one percent of the company’s revenues are donated to local Chicago schools and parks. Owner Chris Hohenstein reflected on the business models of some of his competitors, “Big box retailers, their trees come from all over the country. Many take short cuts, pay minimum wage, or do not necessarily care how they dispose of waste at the end of the year. I once asked another lot what they did with unsold trees, and they said they put them in the dumpster in Iowa.”

The trees have been going quickly this year, and the company’s second order is already sold out. As a response to concerns about deforestation, City Tree partners with a non-profit organization that plants one new tree for each tree ordered through the company. Hohenstein looks forward to expanding into Elmhurst next year with its home delivery service and possibly a second tree lot somewhere in the western suburbs. The current lot in Bucktown is open from 10 am to 9 pm Thursday through Tuesday until Sunday, December 23, or you can reach them by telephone at 312-476-9627.

Small businesses tend to have brave hearts and are willing to make their ideals integral components of their business plans. That’s just one of the reasons why we’re so committed to Elmhurst and our local businesses. With community knowledge, industry experience, and personal dedication, the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group is the best place to start when you’re ready to become part of our community. Contact us today at 210 N. York Rd in Elmhurst, or at (630) 567-5902.