The Christmas tree lot blues on Printers Row

but maybe there's life beyond the season

11/29/2012 2:12 PM

By Bonnie McGrath

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(photo by Bruce Oltman)

So there it was, one of the worst fears of the neighborhood: the end of Bob's Christmas Trees on Printers Row. No longer will the lights and the tunes and the evergreen smell be wafting around the corner of Polk and Dearborn. If we want a fresh tree or a wreath now--we have to go over to Wabash.


A few days ago, trucks came to pick up the fence around the property--the fence that was used to enclose the quaint and most lovely scene of the season in the South Loop. And over to Wabash and 8th it went. No "It's a Beautiful Life" for our neighborhood anymore.

Why did Bob's move on? Who knows?

In any case, Alliance for a Greener South Loop's Gail Merritt had a great new idea for the future of the lot--which she mentioned at the South Loop Neighbors annual meeting last night: a community garden.

Some people--thinking of the days when it was a doggie toilet--kind of wrinkled their noses. But Merritt made an interesting point about a possible new life for that corner. The most frequently called for neighborhood amenity that the Alliance is asked to sponsor, she stated, is a community garden.

So, will the former "chip lot," which many say has seen its better day--and now the former Christmas tree lot--become a land full of veggies this spring, summer and fall? We shall see.

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By Anonymous from Printers Row
Posted: 12/01/2012 2:49 PM

When I went to pick up my tree from the moved Bob's Tree Lot, I asked why they had selected another location. They actually had not intended on moving, it was the person that owns the lot whom Bob's rents it from had issues with the bank. Bob's came out, removed the fencing in preparation for putting up the tree lot then had to scramble at the last minute to find a new place to go.