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Chicago daily roundup: Masks here to stay, warm December temps, a rotating Christmas tree sticks out a roof & more

Jennifer Geer

(CHICAGO) Welcome to the daily roundup on Friday, December 3rd

Let's take a look at what's happening in the news today.

First off, Gov. Pritzker says due to the Omicron variant and rising numbers, he has no plans to lift the state-wide mask mandate. Also, Chicago has been experiencing some unseasonably warm weather and a suburban Chicago homeowner has a creative idea for his outdoor Christmas decorations.

Finally, if you're heart is set on cutting down your own Christmas tree this year, check out this list of the top five places in Illinois.

Pritzker says Illinois mask mandate to stay in place amid rising COVID numbers

Due to the Omicron variant and rising numbers in the state, don't expect the mask mandate to be lifted anytime soon.

"We have an indoor mask requirement in the state of Illinois and we're not lifting that, especially not now," Pritzker said.

Cook County health officials are recommending if you are not fully vaccinated, don't travel for the holidays this month.

Chicagoans enjoy unseasonably warm December day in Chicago

The weather has been unusually warm for this time of year, with Thursday reaching nearly 60 degrees. It seems everyone in Chicago went outside to enjoy it, with running paths and bike routes very crowded for a December day.

Tony Brooks told Fox32 Chicago, "It’s the last time we’re going to be able to play golf this year. Last year, we played just before this weekend, but it was another one of these freak things."

How Did A Chicago Man Get A 20-Foot Spinning Christmas Tree Through His Roof? He’s Not Telling — But You Should See It

A Jefferson Park homeowner posted a video on Facebook showing a 20-foot rotating Christmas tree that goes out the first and second-floor windows before bursting out through the roof.

It truly needs to be seen to be believed.

Top 5 Places To Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree In Illinois

Not everyone is a fan of real trees. But if you want to experience the old-fashioned tradition of cutting your own tree on a Christmas tree farm, Q985online has you covered.

This article covers their list for five Illinois cut-down-your-own-tree-farms. Note, they are all about an hour or more from Chicago.

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