Celebrate the start of spring at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, an annual tradition that dates back to the 1800s. The event, set for March 18-22, attracts more than 40,000 people to the Navy Pier every year. This year’s theme is “20/20 Focus on Flowers,” and the event is filled with hands-on experiences. You’ll be able to walk through 21 life-sized gardens, take part in DIY workshops, watch garden-to-table cooking presentations, and shop in a marketplace.
Some specific events include a make-and-take workshop, where you’ll build your own custom succulent terrarium and learn about how to take care of it year-round, with the help of an instructor. There’s also numerous culinary demonstrations presented by the culinary leaders of Chicago, who will share some of their top tips on creating fresh dishes at home, as well as a workshop specifically geared toward gardening in small places: in containers and window boxes. There’s also plenty of kids’ activities, including potting parties and crafts. There’s a ton to do, and the event is fun whether you’re into gardening or not. The marketplace itself is an attraction, and is filled with everything from jewelry to spices!
Tickets for adults are $20 and are $5 for kids.