Love Chicago Sports? Check Out The Flower Show!

March 05, 2011

Are you ready for Spring? Get a taste of it this week inside Navy Pier, regardless of what it feels like outside.

The 2011 Chicago Flower & Garden Show is set for March 5-13 along Chicago’s lakefront.

The show’s theme, “The Sport of Gardening,” incorporates Chicago’s great sports teams and legends and urges professional and amateur green thumbs alike to see gardening as a sport.

Chicago’s great teams — the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox — will serve as themes for several of the gardens created by top landscape designers. There will also be a memorabilia garden and a tribute garden.

Terry Guen Design Associates, the acclaimed Chicago-based landscape architecture and urban design firm, set up the show to give it an urban city feel.

At the show, you’ll find:

*A vendor Marketplace with green products and services by more than 100 exhibitors.

*Over 50 educational speakers on hand covering a wide range of topics at free seminars

*A Kid’s Activity Garden

*Daily chef cooking demonstrations

*Potting Parties

*A Men’s Lounge sponsored by Dish Network

*A chance to meet and greet players and mascots from Chicago sports teams throughout the week

NAR busOther events specifically scheduled:

*Saturday, March 5: To tout the benefits of owning Chicago real estate, the National Association of REALTORS’ Home Ownership Matters bus tour will be at the show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

*Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6: Various cast members will be on hand from NBC’s soap opera, “Days of our Lives.”

*Sunday, March 13: Chicago will host its own “Cake Boss Competition,” in which the finest decorators from the Chicago area will compete to create garden- and sports-themed cakes.

Sounds like this show has something for everyone.

Tickets to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show are $15 during the week and $17 on the weekend for adults. But we have several ways for you to save some green.


*Specially marked Diet Pepsi cans are offering $2-off coupons to the show.

*Members of the Chicago Botanic Garden get $2 off admission by presenting their ID.

*The JULIE newsletter is offering a $2 discount when you order tickets online and use the promotion code JULIE.

*New this year is the “Twilight After-Hours Special,” which offers $13 tickets online for admission to the show from 4 to 8 p.m. only.

*Groups of 15 or more can get a discount with tickets ordered at

What: The 17th annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, Chicago

When: Saturday, March 5 through Sunday, March 13. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: $15 weekdays and $17 weekends. Children ages 4 to 12 are $5 every day. We discuss discounts above.

More: For more information, or to purchase tickets in advance, visit or call (773) 435-1250


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