If you'd rather not have your tree end up in a landfill, you can bring it to selected city parks to have it changed into mulch, which will be available for free beginning January 10th.
Take off the stand, the tinsel, the lights, etc., and leave the tree in a tree corral set up at 23 parks citywide between January 4th and 18th.
There's one right in Uptown -- Margate Park, at 4921 N Marine. Other nearby locations are
- Lincoln Park, Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Ave. (Parking lot east of Cannon Dr.)
- North Park Village, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.
- Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave.