CHICAGO – IGC SHOW is celebrating 11 years as your one & only event dedicated exclusively to independent garden centers by introducing - for the first time ever - specially dedicated New Product Showcases for your shopping and order-writing pleasure. New Product Zone You’ll get your hands on the hottest new products coming to market that will help distinguish your mix here. Vote for your favorites - the winners will be announced at the show. New Plant Zone Check out the latest plant introductions and tell us your top picks - the winners will be announced on-site. New Vendor Zone Is Back! Get to know vendors new to the garden center market. These companies have never exhibited at an industry trade show or market before - they’re excited to work with you. IGC Show is Your Trade Show, Keynotes, Education, Tour, Concert & Networking industry hub. Tuesday, August 15 12 - 6 pm Wednesday, August 16 10 am - 6 pm Thursday, August 17 10 am - 3 pm
New Product Showcases, New Interactive Workshops, New Networking, New Fun! It’s All Yours & All In One Place, All In Three Days
Address: 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611If arriving by car or cab, go to “Entrance 2 ” for “Festival Hall” - the convention center is halfway out on Navy Pier, not up front.
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You’ll discover so many new ways to wow your customers with your one-of-a-kind product mix. Meet face to face with vendors. The product knowledge you gain will help you make the best buying decisions for the season ahead. Save money on the new and proven products you scout all across the trade show floor from the many vendors offering IGC Show Specials. Click here for most current list of exhibitors.
You’ll start the day inspired from free keynotes before the trade show opens. Monday: World Exclusive! International ‘IGC Think Tank’ Findings with John Stanley Tuesday: ‘Never Quit!’ Management & Team Leadership Lessons from a Navy SEAL with Robert O’Neill Wednesday: Creating a Customer Experience that Stands Out from the Crowd with ‘Dr. Retail’ Bob PhibbsClick here for keynote descriptions.
You’ll connect, collaborate & create your own success story during five tracks of all-new interactive workshops: Jeff Milchen’s Cashing In On the ‘Shop Local’ Movement. Judy Sharpton’s Seasonal Resets & Stores Development Solutions. Steve Bailey’s Putting Profits First. Eliz Greene’s Managing Garden Center Stress. Mary Ellen Bates’ Using Google to Power Market Research. Click herefor full IGC Retailer Conference program.
You’ll take back the very newest ideas from the area’s top indies on the IGC Show Chicago ‘Retailers’ Choice’ Garden Center Tour on Monday, the day before the trade show opens. On-board moderators will get the wheels rolling, revealing the best practices that put these IGC retailers on top in their market. Then see firsthand what makes them so special as you explore each location.Click here for store tour agenda.
You’ll have fun making new connections & catching up with industry friends at the networking event of the year, the IGC Opening Night Party & Concert. Rock legends Blue Öyster Cult will take the stage, live in the Aon Ballroom Tuesday evening, performing their iconic hits “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Burnin’ For You,” “Godzilla” and more. Free to all IGC Show attendees and exhibitors.Click here to read more about Blue Öyster Cult.
You’ll find new opportunities for networking this year, including ‘Shop Talks’ in the IGC Networking Lounge, where you’ll exchange ideas on a range of retail-relevant topics in a live discussion format, facilitated right on the trade show floor. IGC Show is the industry’s central meeting hub, where new connections are made and longtime industry friendships are renewed.Stay tuned for full exciting details!