Chicago Christmas tree burned in Washington Park hours after community lighting ceremony

CHICAGO (WLS) – A Christmas tree in Chicago’s Washington Park has been burnt and significantly damaged.

Nearly half of the tree was burnt and a holiday banner was also destroyed on Saturday night, according to My Block, My Hood, My City.

The Washington Park Chamber of Commerce hosted a tree-lighting ceremony near 55th Street and King Drive as part of a community celebration on Saturday.

“While this is a setback, it won’t stop us from beautifying the community during the holiday season,” said the MBMHMC.

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“I don’t understand why our community? Why our Christmas tree? All we want to do is just have a wonderful time. We want to bring a beautiful tree to our community and we don’t know why a person would want it. It’s so unfortunate, ”said Donna Hampton-Smith, CEO of the Washington Park Chamber of Commerce.

Hampton-Smith said he was unhappy he burned down, but will be replaced on Monday.

It’s the second setback this weekend, after volunteers decorating homes were broken into on Saturday.

Still, My Block, My Hood, My City said volunteers were able to light up more than 200 homes along King Drive.

They plan to return next weekend with security.

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