The verdict is in! Punxsutawney Phil, the country’s resident furry weatherman, has declared that spring is on its way. But if you follow Navy Pier, you’ll know this information is old-hat. We announced spring’s arrival months ago and it all starts on March 8 with an “Evening in Bloom,” the exclusive, first look at the 2013 Chicago Flower & Garden Show!
As much as we love every season at the Pier (yes, even winter), we can’t wait to experience the magic of spring with all of our visitors. And of course the best way to kick things off is with the Chicago Flower & Garden Show’s preview event!
From 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8, guests will enjoy a stimulating sneak peek of the show’s 20 featured gardens the night before it officially opens to the public! Enjoy delicious wine, cocktails, entertainment, beautiful sights, and hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Navy Pier’s own Harry Caray’s Tavern and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Bar & Grill, as well as Dirk’s Fish and Gourmet Shop, Cyrano’s Bistrot Wine Bar & Cabaret, Wildfire, O’Donovan’s Pub & Restaurant, The Chicago Retail Bakers Association, Eli’s Cheesecake, and Chief O’Neill’s— quite the list if we do say so ourselves!
Plus, all proceeds from the benefit will go towards supporting of local green charities and you get to pick your charity of choice from amongst our partners! Give to Chicago Gateway Green, a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the Chicago environment and the quality of the community’s local green spaces. Or give to the Special Olympics Chicago, which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Or support the Kendall College Charitable Trust, which helps raise funds for students in need enrolled in Kendall College’s culinary, hospitality, business, and education programs. Or help out the Peterson Garden Project, a volunteer organization devoted to building community vegetable gardens and educating locals on how to grow their own food. And we can’t forget the amazing Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, which provides support and assistance to the families of fallen CPD officers.