Join us for an Evening in Bloom and behold the Midwest's iconic Chicago Flower & Garden Show in all its grandeur, the evening before the show opens to the public indulging in a variety of food from notable Chicago Restaurants and chefs, along with champaigne, wine, beer and other specialty cocktails.
Tickets on sale January 1!
The Preview Benefit offers a relaxed, inaugural look at the annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano's, with proceeds benefitting local charities. When purchasing your tickets a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit our event's beneficiary.
New in 2017 . . .
the Chicago Flower & Garden Show is excited to welcome FLEUROTICA to the Evening in Bloom festivities! Where flowers meet fashion, the FLEUROTICA fashion show, in collaboration with the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, will feature several of Chicago's hottest designers creating exciting styles using live plants and flowers. For more information, click here!
6:00PM - 9:30PM
Looking for general admission tickets to the 2017 Chicago Flower & Garden Show? Click here for more information!
The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance
The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest and most stunning conservatories in the nation. Often referred to as “landscape art under glass,” the conservatory occupies approximately two acres inside, where thousands of plant species are on display throughout eight rooms in this magnificent facility. Travel through the conservatory and experience the lush flora and tropical temperatures taking you away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago. Don’t forget to visit the 12 acres of stunning outdoor gardens during the summer!
Although the Garfield Park Conservatory was first built in 1908, the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance did not form until nearly a century later, in 1998, when a winter storm nearly shut the facility down. Formed by a group of people in the Garfield Park community, the Alliance is a non-profit organization that works closely with the Chicago Park District to provide educational programming, events and resources to Conservatory visitors.
The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance changes lives through the power of nature. We inspire, educate and provoke exploration through innovative programs and experiences in one of the nation’s largest and finest historic conservatories.
Pilot Light began in 2010 when four Chicago chefs, Jason Hammel, Paul Kahan, Matthias Merges, and Justin Large, wanted to give back to their Chicago community by teaching students about food. They wanted students to learn about where food comes from, how it grows, and how their choices affect their bodies and the environment.
Our chefs and teachers partner in using food to support effective teaching and learning in the classroom that improves academic and health outcomes for students. Our mission is to provide all children with the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to make healthier choices.
In Chicago, the rates of childhood overweight and obesity are nearly twice the national estimate – especially in low-income communities. At the same time, our schools are struggling to meet academic performance standards. Food education often takes a backseat.
The program fosters collaborations between chefs and teachers through professional development with the goals of integrating food education into the school curriculum and equipping teachers to harness food resources within their schools and communities to enhance classroom learning.
The Pilot Light Instructional Model is designed to inspire students to make healthier food choices. Chefs and educators work together to develop their own unique lessons that align to academic standards and our own Pilot Light Standards for food and nutrition education. The model engages students and guides them to make connections between the classroom, the home, and the community through the lens of food.
Illinois Restaurant Association Education Foundation
The mission of the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is to build Illinois’ hospitality workforce through career exploration, workforce development programs and scholarships. The following key initiatives support our mission.
ProStart® provides over 4,000 students in over 60 Illinois high schools with the opportunity to learn about careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry through a two-year industry-driven curriculum. Students gain valuable culinary and management skills through classroom training and work based learning. Students who earn National ProStart® certification are eligible to earn a $2,500 scholarship and articulated college credits.
Since inception the IRA Educational Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to Illinois residents seeking post-secondary education and careers in the foodservice/hospitality industry. In 2012, the IRA Educational Foundation awarded almost $130,000 in scholarships to 54 students attending 25 colleges and universities. Applications are available online in January at www.IllinoisRestaurants.org.
To obtain more information about the IRA Educational Foundation’s program initiatives please contact Kayla Hawkins at 312-380-4117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Flower Show Productions, Inc.
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Flower Show Productions plans, organizes and produces special events in the Chicago area. We focus on events that are stimulating, inspiring and provide a public benefit, allowing people to come together and have fun on a grand scale.
Reserve your parking in advance and get there on time, stress free!
To book convenient and affordable parking for the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, we recommend using SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.
To reserve your parking spot today, visit the Navy Pier SpotHero Parking Pageand book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.