In the midst of winter in Chicago, we can’t stop thinking ahead to the 2017 Chicago Flower and Garden Show, which comes to the Pier March 18 – March 26, 2017. The theme of the show this year is “Chicago’s Blooming,” meaning that many of the exhibits and events throughout the show will be inspired and focused on diverse Chicago neighborhoods. Of the many exciting events happening throughout the week, no event will reflect this theme more than “Evening In Bloom,” the charity preview benefit that kicks off the entire show on March 17 (yes, St. Patrick’s Day). Here are just a few reasons why you should attend this year’s kickoff event.
The three beneficiaries of this year’s charity event are Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Fund, and Pilot Light, all Chicago-based organizations that work hard to improve our community. Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is a collective connected to Garfield Park Conservatory that is dedicated to maintaining the popular nature reserve and serving its visitors. The IRA Educational Fund provides education and scholarships for high school students interested in pursuing careers in the restaurant and hospitality industries. Pilot Light works closely with low-income public schools to provide healthy food education for students. With incredible organizations like these, you know your ticket purchase will be supporting causes that make Chicago a better city.
Unlike years prior, this year’s Evening in Bloom will feature the Fleurotica Fashion Show. In collaboration with Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, artists and designers will create original outfits constructed entirely of flowers, plants, and other natural products. Several Chicago fashion icons will be participating in this uniquely nature-inspired show. You won’t want to miss this special blend of flora and fashion.
Beyond the charities and fashion appeal, there will also be some fairly important people attending this event, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ms. Amy Rule, who just so happen to be the Honorary Co-Chairs for Fleurotica. Emanuel, Rule, and 1,000 other VIP attendees will get to experience all of the beauty of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show and its breathtaking exhibits before it is open to the public. Evening in Bloom will be the kickoff event of the year, so be sure and purchase your tickets now.