Where Can You Buy a Real Christmas Tree in the Southwest Suburbs?

Christmas tree farms aren't as prevalent as they once were, but there's still a handful of southwest suburban spots where you can pick up the holiday's most popular greenery, beyond just your local grocery and home improvement stores.


Ide Christmas Tree Farm

WHERE: 1500 83rd St. 
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, Dec. 18
PRICE AND OTHER NOTEWORTHY NUMBERS: The farm offers 45,000 spruce and pine trees on a 35-acre property spanning Woodridge, Darien and Downers Grove. Trees cost $60 a piece and saws can be rented for $5; no credit cards accepted.
MORE INFO: Read a full story about Ide Christmas Tree Farm on Woodridge Patch, visit the farm's website, or call 630-743-4032


Puckerville Farms

WHERE: 13332 Bell Road
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24
PRICE AND OTHER NOTEWORTHY NUMBERS: Since 2004, the five-acre farm has sold fraser firs starting at $38 in price and ranging from 5- to 12-feet-tall in size.
MORE INFO: Read , visit its , or call 708-508-0906


Anderson Tree Farm

WHERE: 24031 W. Route 126, Plainfield
Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24
The 60-acre cut-your-own farm sells 2,500 trees annually, including balsam and Douglas firs and white pines at $5 a foot, as well as pre-cut fraser pines from $65 to $120. Other offerings include fresh wreaths and roping, free hot chocolate and popcorn, a petting zoo and a gift store.
Visit Plainfield Patch's story on the farm, or call 815-436-2140


Garden Faire

WHERE: 5 S. Madison St.
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Friday, Dec. 23
PRICE AND OTHER NOTEWORTHY NUMBERS: Fraser firs range in price from $19.99 to $99 after rebate.
MORE INFO: Visit in Oswego Patch's places directory, visit the business' website or call 630-636-9125


How to care for your Christmas tree

The Illinois Christmas Tree Association makes these recommendations to keep your tree fresh and safe:

  • If your tree is not freshly cut from a farm, trim one inch off the tree’s base. This allows the tree to take in water. If you don't do this, the base will seal up with sap within minutes.
  • Immediately set your tree into the stand filled with warm tap water.
  • Keep the tree away from heat and draft sources, such as fireplaces, radiators and television sets. Test light cords and connections before placing them on the tree to ensure they're in good working order and don’t have cracked or broken insulation or empty light sockets. Never leave the lights on when you go to bed or leave the house.
  • The tree must be watered every day to keep it from drying out. A fresh tree can take several quarts of water each day if cared for properly.
son of a son of a cumbers November 28, 2011 at 01:51 PM
Is village of shorewood still waiting for their freebie tree?
jaskie1505 November 28, 2011 at 01:55 PM
We just brought our real tree from Home Depot and was a great experience. Numerous trees to chose from, great selection, they trim it for you to your specifications, bundle it, help load it into or onto your vehicle and all you have to do is throw it in the tree stand and decorate when you get home. Thanks Home Depot.
denise November 28, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Pre cut trees at Anderson Tree farm in Plainfield start at $65 NOT $45. I'm not sure were the $5/foot you cut trees are located there, all we saw was $12/foot and were encouraged to purchase a pre cut tree. It was a great place, petting zoo, free hot chocolate and popcorn. Out kids enjoyed it, however, we did go there for the price and since it was advertise for cheaper I was a little irritated.
Debbie Howe November 28, 2011 at 04:25 PM
For the last 4 years we have gone to Ide's tree farm on 83rd street. They are great and I have never seen so many perfect trees. I really do not like that most of the trees you buy at the hardware stores and even most tree lots are sprayed with a green dye. Ide's tree farm takes such good care of their trees no dye is needed. I love real trees. I really feel that Ide's is very reasonable and has wonderful trees. You can take your time and have a lot of fun with the family, we even bring the dog (on a lead) and walk and have fun, take pics. It is something our daughter will remember her entire life. We have made it a tradition. We always love trying to find the biggest most perfect tree we can and Ide's is perfect weather you want small or large, you can find the tree you have dreamed about there.
Melissa Sersland (Editor) November 28, 2011 at 04:28 PM
I just went to Ide's for the first time Saturday with my family. We've always had a fake tree. Our tree looks so perfect, I forget that it's real. The place was packed, even in the rain.
Cari Barcas November 28, 2011 at 06:17 PM
Thanks for the feedback, Denise. We were originally told pre-cut trees started at $45, but have since updated the story based on the accurate pricing. Glad your family had a good time there, despite the confusion!
steven tinsley November 28, 2011 at 09:27 PM
Indian Creek Tree Farm is out in the country but well worth the drive. located in leland just off RT 34. visit their web site: http://www.indiancreektreefarm.com/
Vanessa Holloway November 28, 2011 at 11:39 PM
Tammenberry Farm in Wilmington also has cut your own down. Nice place. Go there in the summer for blueberries.
Joshua manchester November 29, 2011 at 12:34 AM
We went to Ide's and really love the tree that we got there. I ended up getting a huge tree last year, which of course are the same price.
John Law November 29, 2011 at 03:02 AM
Another vote for Ide's. Our tree last year lasted 6 weeks and still looked fresh. Just got our beautiful tree this year. Cutting your own tree down and strapping to the top of the car is such a better experience than going to a big box store and having some tree be thrown into a net.


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