The Chicago Flower & Garden Show can be traced back as far as 1847. Originally, it was a flower and fruit exposition presented by the Chicago Horticultural Society (CHS). Back then, gardeners where looking for horticulture tips and techniques.
About the Show
Date, Location & Times:
March 18 – 26, 2017 | Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave. | Chicago, IL 60611
Sunday-Wednesday 10AM-6PM Thursday-Saturday 10AM-8PM
You can enroll in a Potting Party
Daily, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
$20 fee per session. Register on-site at the How-to Garden—classes fill quickly!
“Time to roll up your sleeves and get gardening! A beloved tradition of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, Potting Parties combine color and creativity into a fun activity that everyone can enjoy. Create your own mixed container of plants with the help of Official Potting Parties Instructor Keith Davis! Keith will share how you can create your own spectacular, take-home compositions. Each participant receives a take-home apron courtesy of Subaru.”
8/1/16 – 8/31/16: $14
9/1/16 – 12/31/16: $16
1/1/17 – 3/17/17: $17
3/18/17 – 3/26/17: $19
8/1/16 – 8/31/16: $12
9/1/16 – 12/31/16: $14
1/1/17 – 3/17/17: $15
3/18/17 – 3/26/17: $17
Adult Evening Pass
March 23-25, 5-8 pm
and at the
Navy Pier Box Office
Valid for Ages 4-12
and at the
“On June 16, 1847, the CHS held its first Exhibition of Fruits and Flowers, where it showcased ornamental plants and displays of prized fruits and flowers. The exposition was a surprise hit. Enthusiastically received by both tradesmen and the general public, the success of this event established the growing role of horticulture in the city’s footprint—a role that continues to flourish to this day.” (website)
The event is held at the Festival Halls in Navy Pier. Attendees can walk through life-sized gardens, participate in DIY workshops, learn from educational seminars, enjoy garden-to-table cooking presentations and more.
“Evening in Bloom” is a Preview Benefit at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. It will provide an exclusive first look at “Hort Couture,” the theme for the Chicago Flower & Garden Show.
In the past, models were strolling around wearing innovative designs creations by local young designers from the Chicago Fashion Incubator.
Evening in Bloom at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, Friday, March 17, 2017. Our Charity Preview Benefit is reinventing itself as part of the 2017 Show theme “CHICAGO’S BLOOMING” – with new experiences aligning flowers, food and fashion.
An experience like no other… Upwards of 1,000 VIP attendees will behold the Midwest’s iconic Chicago Flower & Garden Show in all its grandeur the evening before it opens to the public. Guests will also be treated to extraordinary culinary presentations in collaboration with Pilot Light and the Illinois Restaurant Association Education Foundation and a special fashion show presentation of FLEUROTICA, with Honorary Chairs Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ms. Amy Rule, in collaboration with the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.
Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance
“The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest and most stunning conservatories in the nation. Often referred to as “landscape art under glass,” the conservatory occupies approximately two acres inside, where thousands of plant species are on display throughout eight rooms in this magnificent facility. Travel through the conservatory and experience the lush flora and tropical temperatures taking you away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago. Don’t forget to visit the 12 acres of stunning outdoor gardens during the summer!
Although the Garfield Park Conservatory was first built in 1908, the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance did not form until nearly a century later, in 1998, when a winter storm nearly shut the facility down. Formed by a group of people in the Garfield Park community, the Alliance is a non-profit organization that works closely with the Chicago Park District to provide educational programming, events and resources to Conservatory visitors.
The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance changes lives through the power of nature. We inspire, educate and provoke exploration through innovative programs and experiences in one of the nation’s largest and finest historic conservatories.”
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com
The Preview Event will benefit these organizations:
When ordering your tickets you may specify the charity of your choice, or split proceeds between both.
Chicago Gateway Green
Chicago Gateway Green was founded in 1986 on the belief that beauty and sustainability go hand in hand. Since then, Chicago Gateway Green and its partners have helped to improve both the local environment and the quality of life for millions of Chicagoland residents and visitors.
A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Chicago Gateway Green improves Chicago’s communities through three key programs: the Expressway Partnership, transforming city roadways into landscaped parkways; the International Sculpture Program, beautifying gateways through the installation of public, international art on expressways; and the Tree Partnership Program, a large-scale tree planting initiative that transforms vacant land into tree-filled green spaces.
Friends of the Parks
Friends of the Parks (FOTP) is a 501(c)(3) designated park advocacy organization, dedicated to preserving, protecting, and improving Chicago’s parks and forest preserves for all citizens. Since 1975, FOTP has increase private and public commitment to Chicago’s parks through establishing park advisory councils, developing new parks, renovating play lots, and presenting public workshops and lectures to create and informed citizenry. Our mission is to preserve, protect, improve and promote the use of Chicago parks, forest preserves and recreational areas for the benefit of all neighborhoods and citizens.