Wednesday, March 11, 2020

DISCOUNT CODE: ChiIL Mama's Readers Get $4 off on Tickets to The Chicago Flower & Garden Show

**Canceled Due to Coronavirus Closures**

Tired of winter? 
The Chicago Flower & Garden Show 
presented by 811 Chicago and Peoples Gas, 
brings a welcome hint of spring. 

There's fun for all ages with a full lineup hands-on fun and learning for future gardeners in the Kids Activity Garden sponsored by JULIE.

Kids activities include:

Bugs & Worms – The U of IL Extension Insect Petting Zoo showcases Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Bess Beetles, American Millipedes, Ant Farms, Tarantulas, and more. Kids will learn the basics of worm composting and can even dare to eat bugs (dried mealworms, crickets and other crawly treats)!

Craftapalooza in the Children’s Butterfly Garden -Offering a myriad of educational activities throughout the weekend!

Tea Time Socials – Kids will marvel at the unique fairy and gnome tablescapes as they enjoy a tea party!

Paint ‘n Take Birdhouse Station

Nature Play
     *From Forest Preserve District of Cook County and Conservation@Home – Kids can help built forts, dress up as woodland animals, and more. They’ll also learn how animals help pollinate plants through hands on activity.
     *From the Chicago Park District – Kids will enjoy a variety of ecological sites where they can learn and explore new ways to connect with nature.

Click link to book your tickets. ChiIL Mama's Readers get $4 off on all adult tickets with Code: ChiILMama20 (not case sensitive)

This is the ONLY Flower & Garden Show in America that offers a Kids Garden. Click here for the full activity lineup!

The Show is open Wed., March 18 – Sun., March 22, held at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Festival Hall.
Hours: Kids activities available at the show between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily
Tickets: Adults $20; Kids $5 (ages 5 – 12) *Click link to book your tickets. ChiIL Mama's Readers get $4 off on all adult tickets with Code: ChiILMama20 (not case sensitive)

The City of Chicago’s longest running event, The Chicago Flower & Garden Show (presented by The Get Growing Foundation) inspires, educates, and motivates the next generation of gardeners and shows people to make gardening a part of their lives in so many different and approachable ways. This year’s impressive lineup includes FREE hands-on fun and learning for future gardeners presented by the Chicago Park District, University of Illinois Master Gardeners, Forest Preserve District of Cook County and more. 

Blooming with New Garden Exhibits, Activities, Exclusive Plant Varieties, Nightly Spring Fling Events, and More

The Get Growing Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring interest in horticulture and the environment – especially in under-served communities – presents the “20/20 Focus on Flowers” Chicago Flower & Garden Show featuring a fresh experience for gardening enthusiasts of all ages and expertise.  Dating back to 1847, the annual Show will kick-off the region’s gardening season by inspiring, educating, motivating and entertaining patrons with stunning gardens, “how to” seminars, a marketplace of the latest gardening trends and products, a culinary stage, new nightly themed events, and much more.

  New to the 2020 Chicago Flower & Garden Show:
·        Bask in the must-see display of floral quilts and quilt-pattern garden of flowers by The American Quilter’s Society.

·        Experience a rare look at a locktender wife’s garden with the interactive Illinois & Michigan Canal Corridor 1848 Garden.

·        Enjoy the magnificent selection of more than 700 plant varieties, including a new exclusive Wave Petunia, unveiled at and only available for purchase at the Show.

·        Be among the first to see new technology for outdoor spaces in unique rooftop exhibits.

·        View stunning floral fashions by local designers with the Hort Couture exhibit and vote for your favorite design.

·        Tour the one-of-a-kind Plant Truck Chicago, a mobile garden boutique operated by The Get Growing Foundation, to bring much needed plant material to urban and under-served local communities.

·        Get ideas for small spaces and parkway gardens with an original exhibit.

·        Stay for the new, nightly Spring Fling events featuring live music, craft beer, local wineries, distilleries and more.

The 2020 Show also brings back:
·        the popular Potting Parties, container garden make and take workshops;

·        Garden Gourmet stage featuring culinary demonstration by top Chefs;

·        free Kids Activity Garden with fun, experience-based learning activities presented by the Chicago Park District, University of Illinois Master Gardeners and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County

·        Horticulture Photography Competition; and

·        Tablescapes Exhibit, featuring creative ideas for the dining table presented by leading interior and floral designers. 

Where: Navy Pier
600 Grand Ave., Festival Hall A & B

When: *Wednesday, March 18 – Saturday, March 21; 10 am – 7 pm
*Sunday, March 22; 10 am – 6 pm
*Nightly Spring Fling Events; 
visit for details

Tickets: *$20 per adult one-day ticket Jan. 1, 2020 – March 22, 2020

*$5 per child one-day ticket, ages 5 – 12 years old
*$10 -$25 per person Spring Fling event (after 4 p.m. admittance)

*Discounted rates are available for groups of 15 or more.
Contact for more information.

*Navy Pier offers a pre-paid reduced daily parking rate of $34; a five-day pre-paid pass is $133.
*Three additional lots serviced by the Navy Pier Trolley offer a discounted daily rate of $15 with a validation by Navy Pier.

Hotel Deals:       
Visit for discount codes and reservations to the following hotels:

*The St. Clair Hotel
                                162 E. Ontario Street
                                $94/night, plus taxes

*Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott – Downtown Magnificent Mile
                                216 E. Ontario Street
                                $129/night, plus taxes

                                *Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile
633 N. St. Clair Street
$139/night, plus taxes

About The Get Growing Foundation
The Get Growing Foundation (TGGF) is a Chicago-based 501c3 nonprofit organization providing year-round educational programming and community outreach, including garden installations, to inspire interest in horticulture and the environment, especially among youth in underserved communities.  GGF produces the annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show, kicking off the region’s gardening season, and operates the new Plant Truck Chicago, a seasonal mobile gardening boutique providing access to much needed plant material in urban and under-served communities.  

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