Tree that is older than the city of Chicago cut down in Lincoln Park

Three hundred years is a good run for anything but three centuries are the limit for a tree Tuesday at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

While the actual age of the tree isn't yet known, experts said the tree was here even before Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837.

The tree was mostly dead now and posing a danger with the risk of falling. So on Tuesday, it was time to go.


The sprawling branches that once hung over the walkway were removed one-by-one until the Grand Old Burr Oak was gone.

The remnants of tree will be used for everything from a memorial to artwork.