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Chicago’s Christmas tree burnt down in Washington Park to be replaced;  Volunteer theft of My Block, My Hood, My City

CHICAGO (WLS) – A Christmas tree in Washington Park will be replaced Monday after it was set on fire by vandals over the weekend.

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 on Saturday as part of a community celebration.

The Washington Park Chamber of Commerce says it’s unfortunate but will be replaced.

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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.

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

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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.

If you are interested in signing up and volunteering with the organization, visit their website,

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