The IGC Show, now in its sixth year, is the world's largest trade show and conference for independent garden center owners, managers and buyers. The three-day event hosts more than 1,000 vendor booths showcasing thousands of products across 5 acres of Chicago's Navy Pier. The industry's premier educational program, the IGC Know2Grow Retail Conference, presents 53-plus hours of educational sessions on-site, led by the industry's leading minds. The event draws visitors from across the globe with high-profile keynotes, a myriad of networking opportunities and more.
The IGC Show is so much more than new products from all over the world - and yes, there are many thousands of those. It is a source of inspiration for legions of garden center professionals who take their annual summer pilgrimage to Chicago very seriously. As the world's largest educational resource for garden centers, IGC Show 2012 rolls out a roster of new speakers, new tracks and new sessions at IGC Know2Grow Retail Conference. For six years running now, IGC Show is the best place to learn from our industry's thought-leaders, trend-setters and rising stars.
IGC Show's 210,000 square feet of vendor exhibits stretch far out toward the stunning blue waters of Lake Michigan at Navy Pier, where more than 1,000 exhibitors meet face-to-face with thousands of IGC buyers - just like you - from all over the country and around the world. The flower-filled streets framing downtown Chicago's stores, restaurants, attractions and sights, plus spectacular Navy Pier, lakeside Chicago's No. 1 destination (and proud home to the IGC Show, its largest annual event), add to the excitement.
There are so many things to see and do at IGC that won't cost you a dime. On top of the free trade show, the IGC Classic Rock Series, featuring Dennis DeYoung, founder of the legendary rock band Styx, will get you grooving. World class keynotes like Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless, Joe 'Gardener' Lamp'l from DIY Network and PBS television, Retail Visionary and Author Joseph Pine and IGC Dynamo Corey Bordine will change the way you look at your business. Networking with thousands of your fellow garden center owners, managers and buyers from around the country who share the same challenges and opportunities you do - yet another free benefit.