Questions About IGC Show?
WHAT IS THE IGC SHOW? IGC Show is the world’s largest trade show and conference for independent garden center owners, managers and buyers. It is not open to the general public. It presents an expansive and carefully selected showcase of garden center products available at wholesale from around the world. IGC Show is a juried show - this means that every exhibiting company has been meticulously screened to ensure the products offered for sale are relevant to garden centers. IGC buyers don’t have to wade through item after item irrelevant to their stores, as is so often the case at lesser events. In addition to the trade show, IGC Show offers the industry’s most comprehensive educational program, with focused seminars, workshops, tours and keynotes led by the brightest minds in business. What's more, a variety of special events offer key opportunities to network. IGC's Free Party & Concert is the fun and networking event of the year for independent garden centers and vendors. Past IGC Show Concert headliners have included REO Speedwagon, the Gin Blossoms, Don Felder of The Eagles, Eddie Money, America, Kansas, Foreigner's Lou Gramm, Charlie Daniels, Styx's Dennis DeYoung and 38 Special, among others. WHERE IS IT LOCATED? IGC Show convenes at Navy Pier's Festival Hall. This beautiful convention center and major tourist attraction is located in the heart of downtown Chicago at the foot of Illinois St. and Grand St., right on Lake Michigan. If arriving by car or cab, go to “Entrance 2 ” for “Festival Hall” - the convention center is halfway out on Navy Pier, not up front. Address: 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 Phone: 1-(312) 595-7437 Website: Click Here for more information about Navy Pier. WHEN IS THE TRADE SHOW OPEN? Tuesday, August 15  12 - 6 pm Wednesday, August  16 10 am - 6 pm Thursday, August 17  10 am - 3 pm DIRECTIONS & TRANSPORTATION? Address: 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 By Car: From the north, take Lake Shore Drive (US 41) to the Grand Ave. Exit. From the northwest, take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) to the Ohio St. Exit, head east on Ohio to Wells, head south on Wells to Illinois St., then proceed east. A secondary route is to take the Kennedy Expressway (I- 90/94) to the Ohio St. Exit, head east on Ohio to Columbus/Fairbanks, then go south on Columbus/Fairbanks to Illinois, and proceed east. From the west, take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) to Columbus Drive, north to Illinois St. and proceed east. From the southwest, take the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) to Lake Shore Drive (US 41) north to Illinois St. Exit, turn right at Grand Ave. and proceed east. From the south, take the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) east to the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) to Lake Shore Drive (US 41) north to Illinois St. Exit, turn right at Grand Ave. and proceed east. From the southeast, take Lake Shore Drive (US 41) north to the Illinois St. Exit. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? If you are coming from the Greater Chicago area, public transportation is one of the best ways of getting to Navy Pier. It makes your visit easy and affordable. Navy Pier Free Trolley Service: Enjoy free daily trolley service between Navy Pier and State St. along Grand Ave. Current trolley hours are: Sunday - Thursday, 10 am - 10 pm; Friday & Saturday, 10 am - 12 am. Trolleys typically run every 20 minutes and pick-up points are indicated by "Navy Pier Trolley Stop" signs along the route. METRA: METRA commuter rail is a convenient travel alternative. Direct service to Navy Pier is provided by CTA buses. Take Metra and then transfer to CTA buses. Use CTA bus #124 from Union/Ogilvie Stations and Millennium Station and CTA bus #29 from LaSalle St. Station and Millennium Station. For details, call METRA customer service at (312) 322- 6777. Airport Transfer: This least-expensive option ($5 vs $45 for a cab) is via CTA Blue Line elevated train from O’Hare Airport to the Clark/Lake stop, then walk or taxi the last few blocks to Navy Pier or your hotel. From Midway Airport, take the CTA Orange Line elevated train to the Clark/Lake stop (for only $2.25), then walk or taxi the last few blocks. Recommended during daylight hours only. Bus Service: CTA has five bus lines that serve Navy Pier's front entrance daily. These include the #29 (State St.), the #65 (Grand Ave.), the #66 (Chicago Ave.), the #124 (Navy Pier, serving METRA lines from Millennium Station, Ogilvie and Union Stations), and the #2 (Hyde Park Express, serving during weekday morning and evening rush hours only). Taxi: Navy Pier has three convenient taxi drop-off and pick-up points. Use Entrance 2 when coming to the show. When leaving, you can find taxis at the front entrance (serving Dock Street and the Family Pavilion); Entrance 1 (serving the mid-section of Navy Pier, the west end of the Festival Hall,
RIVA Restaurant and WBEZ Radio); and Entrance 2 (close to the east end of Navy Pier's Festival Hall and Grand Ballroom). On Foot: Navy Pier is located just four blocks east of Michigan Ave., Chicago's Magnificent Mile, and within easy walking distance of many of Chicago's best hotels. PARKING AT NAVY PIER? Standard Parking operates on-site parking garages, accommodating 1,500 cars at Navy Pier. SELF-PARK RATES: Monday - Sunday - Flat rate, $28 per day Alternate Parking Lots Illinois Lot Entrance/River East Art Center Self-Park Garage - 456 E. Illinois St., located one block west of Navy Pier and along the free Navy Pier Trolley route at Peshtigo and Illinois St. Grand Ave. Lot Entrance - 403 East Grand Ave., located one block west of Navy Pier and along the free Navy Pier Trolley route at Peshtigo Ct. and Grand Ave. SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE FROM IGC HOTELS TO NAVY PIER? Complimentary shuttle buses will operate Tuesday - Thursday, approximately every 20 minutes in the morning and afternoon. There is no service mid-day. A schedule for each shuttle route will be posted in the respective hotel lobbies and at Navy Pier. CAN I BRING MY KIDS? IGC Show gives garden center professionals a uniquely focused buying and educational opportunity. No one under 14 years old is admitted. Due to insurance liabilities and to foster the show's professionalism, children under 14 years old - including infants - are not permitted in the trade show floor exhibit areas or in the educational components. This long- standing admission policy is overwhelmingly supported by both attendees and exhibitors, evidenced in the results of our 2015 and 2016 post-show surveys. In-hotel room childcare may be arranged through American Childcare. Click here for more information. WHAT IS THE ADMISSION POLICY? IGC Show is held specifically for independent garden center owners and their employees. Independently owned hardware stores with garden center departments, distributors and reps may also attend. Matching photo ID may be required for admission. No one under 14 years old is admitted. To maintain the integrity of the event, big boxes, mass/discount retailers, landscape firms, non-exhibiting manufacturers and growers, and non-industry vendors are denied entry. WHAT IS THE IGC SHOW'S HISTORY? It all began more than 60 years ago, when a young man by the name of Dick Morey had a vision. He saw that the garden center business was ready for its own magazine and, though he had no publishing experience, he knew he could make it a success. Success, indeed! Today, IGC Magazine is the leading magazine serving the thriving $100 billion retail garden center marketplace. As second-generation innovators, Dick’s son Jeff and his wife, Cheryl, carry on the company's long-established tradition of editorial excellence. And with their launch of the IGC Show in 2007, Jeff and Cheryl created a “town square,” where the entire industry meets every year to buy and sell, exchange ideas and celebrate this business so many love to call their own. HOW DO I SIGN UP TO EXHIBIT? If you sell to garden centers, IGC Show is the place to be. No other event delivers a more concentrated and cost-effective opportunity to present your entire line, attract new customers and close sales. You'll quickly discover the attendee in your booth is the same person who signs the order. That's because IGC Show is specifically targeted to garden center owners and managers who have the responsibility and resources to write orders. They are the ones whose decisions shape the direction of their businesses - and the commitment of their funds. Click here to download the IGC Exhibitor Brochure. Contact National Sales and Trade Show Manager Rob Bailey: or (847) 777-1796. PRESS REGISTRATION? All consumer garden press and media and local news media are very welcome. Please contact us so we may make special arrangements for you. Note that our policy prohibits sales staff from consumer publications. An editor from each trade publication will receive a special invitation to join us. Please note that our policy prohibits publishers or sales staff from trade publications. For all inquiries, email HOW DO I CONTACT THE IGC SHOW? Registration information: or (203) 286-8772; Exhibitor sales & support: Rob Bailey at or (847) 777-1796.