The 2014 Chicago Flower & Garden Show is almost here! With only 3 days left until the show opens to the public, we thought it would be helpful to share some tips on how to make the most of your trip.
1. Wear your walking shoes. (And maybe a sweater.)
The Festival Hall where the Chicago Flower & Garden Show is held is more than halfway down the 5/8-mile length of Navy Pier. And once you’re inside the Festival Hall, you’ll see 170,100-square-feet of space filled with gardens, activities and exhibitors. This means a lot of walking. (But don’t worry! The show has plenty of seating and lounge space available so you can easily take a breather.) Also note, the Festival Hall tends to be a bit cool…so grab a sweater, just in case.
2. Think of travel time and commute.
This year, the show falls during St. Patty’s Day, so take into account that the city will be booming with festive Chicagoans. Navy Pier is also undergoing construction, so parking and transit might not be as smooth as in years past.
However, there are many convenient and “greener” public transportation options to Navy Pier. The CTA provides seven bus lines with more than 200 buses serving Navy Pier daily. These include the #29 State St., #65 Grand Ave., #66 Chicago Ave. and the #124 Navy Pier Express, serving Metra lines, Millennium Park/Randolph St., Ogilvie and Union Stations.
3. Look at the schedule ahead of time.
The Chicago Flower & Garden Show offers more than 100 educational seminars and workshops hosted by industry pros. From how-to classes to culinary demonstrations to horticulture presentations, our schedule is jammed pack full of inspiring, educational and motivational activities for attendees to participate in. Be sure to check our daily schedule ahead of time so you don’t miss your favorite chef, speaker or activity.
4. Give yourself time to enjoy and explore.
As we mentioned, the Festival Hall is huge—and it’s filled with larger-than-life gardens, engaging activities and great marketplace exhibitors. Give yourself plenty of time to walk through our 22+ garden spaces and 100+ marketplace exhibitors. Also give yourself time to attend seminars, workshops and presentations!
5. Bring your camera! (And be social.)
The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is a show that ignites all your senses. We can’t help but be inspired by the beautiful sights and innovative ideas, and we hope you are too. So take pictures of what you love and can’t wait to bring home! Be sure to share them and join the #ChicagoFlower conversation on our social media channels: Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
6. Take notes.
We want you to leave the show feeling inspired, educated and motivated. Bring a notebook and take notes of what inspires you and what you learned during a seminar or workshop. This will help you to better bring the Chicago Flower & Garden Show home, and find greater success in your own green space.
7. Talk to the pros.
We have top industry pros at the show every day ready and willing to share their expertise. Whether it’s a seminar speaker, chef or garden builder—ask questions, seek advice and take home some great tips.
8. Buy your tickets ahead of time.
Have your tickets ready to go by ordering them online. You’ll also save $2 off box office ticket prices by purchasing your tickets online before March 15th.
9. Use and keep the Show Guide.
Our 68-page Show Guide is not only a great keepsake, it’s full of rich take-home information. From gardening tips to contact information of your favorite exhibitors, the guide is a helpful tool to have even after the show ends.
10. Check out everything!
We all have our favorite must-see attractions, but don’t stop there. See everything! Visitors tend to skip around and end up missing some of the show’s hidden gems. You’ll be surprised at how many activities and sights there are to see, and you never know what will catch your eye and get you excited.
We hope these tips help you to better enjoy the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. And we hope to see you soon! The Chicago Flower & Garden Show runs March 15-23rd at Navy Pier.