If you haven't cut down a fresh tree before you should try it! It makes a wonderful family tradition, your kids will love walking around trying to find the perfect tree, and nothing beats the smell of a fresh cut tree!
A few tips: Many places provide saws, but I like to bring my own because then I know it's going to be sharp (a dull blade turns a fun event into an annoyance). Most places have twine as well but I stash some bungees in the trunk. We also bring a moving blanket to put on the trunk of the car. One year the tree scratched up my car so it's probably overly cautious but I bring one just in case.
If you want to learn more about cutting down your own fresh tree, there is more information at the Illinois Christmas Tree Association website. They have more Christmas tree farms listed on their website if you are willing to travel further.
Ide Christmas Tree Farm
1500 83rd Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516
Saturday-Sunday, 8:30am to 4pm.
White Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce
Marmion Abbey Farms
850 Butterfield Road
Aurora, IL 60504
White pine, Scotch & Austrian pine, Norway spruce
Side note: If you are overwhelmed by the thought of getting a Christmas tree home (we all know how tough it can be with little ones sometimes), I just saw a place today on Plainfield Road, one or two blocks east of Route 83 that has free tree delivery!!