We visited the Chicago Flower and Garden Show in March held at Navy Pier. To be fair I had heard from a few people that it was not really worth a visit. But I was looking for anything that would remind me of spring. It has been such a long cold winter and I really wanted to see some flowers. What I thought the FLOWER and GARDEN show would encompass is not what was really exhibited. Maybe call it the Chicago Landscaping show?
Tickets were $17 on the weekday, $19 on the weekend and children 4-12 were $5 each. The show ran for two weeks toward the end of March. I had heard on the radio that tickets were only $10 each if you visited Friday or Saturday nights after 5pm on the last weekend. I didn’t want to pay full price for something I was iffy on to begin with.
We walked to Navy pier from our hotel a little after 6pm, the nice walk was a little over a mile. The weather was warm and there were lots of people out walking toward the lakefront. Seemed like a good sign and it got me in the spring mood!
We arrived to one open ticket window with no wait. (In fact there were very few people in the general area.) For $20 we had our admission to the show! Up the escalator to the 2nd floor show area.
This is the entrance to the show…
There were several display areas.
A floral artist area
Lots of interesting landscape ideas
And several backyard options.
And beautiful displays…
But the real flowers to be seen for were for sale in the market place. Bummer!
These shovels were interesting.
I did see some unusual things, like a waterfall table.
I was hoping for more flower displays.
Maybe new flower varieties, or some hybrids. Anything flower related!
IF you want to visit I would recommend weekend nights. As you can see by the pictures there were very few people around. It took us about an hour and half to leisurely see everything there was offered. Really, if I had spent $19 a person I would have been very disappointed. I did not expect alot going in but I expected to see flower information.