Show Info & FAQ

What is the Chicago Flower & Garden Show?

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is a legacy event dating back to the 1800s. This year, we’re thrilled to feature more than 20 gardens, dozens of inspirational and education speakers and daily hands-on activities for gardeners of all ages and experience levels. We tout our show as the official start to spring—just one glimpse of these beautiful gardens and you’ll forget there’s still snow on the ground.

When is the 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show?

Saturday, March 14 –
Sunday, March 18


What are the 2018 show times?

10 am to 8 pm

10 am to 6 pm


What is the 2018 show theme?

The 2018 theme is “FlowerTales” and it will spotlight all of the unique stories that inspire our city and it’s diverse communities.

How much does it cost?

Get your tickets online before January 1, 2018 and receive $2 off the adult box office prices listed below! No service fees!

Adult weekday tickets: $17 (at the box office)
Adult weekend tickets: $19 (at the box office)
Children 4-12: $5

Spring Fling tickets (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; March 14-17, from 4-8 pm): $10


Can I bring my kids? 

YES! The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is extremely kid-friendly. With lots of creepy crawly bugs, hands-on potting parties and other adventures, children will be very entertained. Check out our Kids Activity Garden schedule to plan your visit.

Kids ages 4-12 get in for $5 every day! Learn more.


Do I need to pre-register for how-to workshops and other events?

Because of limited space and required supplies, our daily how-to workshops do require visitors to sign-up and pay for their class prior to the start of the event. Classes do fill up quickly, so we recommend signing up at least one hour before your desired workshop begins. Our daily seminars and cooking demonstrations do not require sign-up or registration. All audience seats are open and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

NOTE: All how-to workshop sign-ups are ONLY accessible at the show.


What day is the best day to come?

Each day is jam-packed with different seminars and chef demonstrations—we can’t pick! If you like cake, you’re not going to want to miss the Chicago Area Retail Bakers of America’s cake-decorating competition on March 18. Want to catch another competition? The Iron Vase competition is on the Gardening Live stage Friday, March 17. Whether you’re looking for organic gardening tips or searching for fresh recipes from top chefs, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show has an activity and event perfect for you. Schedule your trip (or trips!) online now.


What will I find in the Marketplace?

More than 100 vendors of gardening, landscape and horticulture products and services will showcase their green and eco-friendly wares at the Marketplace. Find out who and what companies will be there here.


Is there food?

There are a number of food kiosks, as well as a food court and many other restaurants on Navy Pier, including Harry Carey’s Tavern, Margaritaville and Riva Crab House. Click Here for  a full list of restaurants at Navy Pier.


Can I take pictures?

Say cheese! Share your show photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with #chicagoflower.

Are you on Snapchat? Let all your friends in on the fun with the official Flower Show Snapchat geofilters!


What should I wear?

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.) We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and casual attire. Also note, the Festival Hall tends to be a bit cool…so grab a sweater, just in case.


Do I have to worry about Navy Pier construction?

Although Navy Pier is currently undergoing major renovations, the Pier still offers ample parking and continued bus transportation.

Is Navy Pier handicapped accessible?

Yes, Navy Pier and the Chicago Flower & Garden Show make a concerted effort to make the venue accessible to all visitors. Therefore, all levels are accessible by elevators.

Does Navy Pier rent wheelchairs?

Yes, wheelchairs are available at the Guest Services Desk located inside the main entrance to Navy Pier. They are also available at Entrance 2, near the Festival Halls and entrance of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A valid driver’s license, state ID or military ID will be held at Guest Services in exchange for the rental of a wheelchair.

What else can I do while in Chicago?

Tons and tons! After all, Chicago is the best city in the world. Once you’ve experience the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, you can fill your visit to the Windy City with arts, entertainment, shopping, food, historical sites and more. Learn more about Chicago and plan your perfect trip by visiting

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