Chicago Design Events and Sales You Should Know About

The Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier, the International Home and Housewares Show at McCormick Place, and more.

Guests peruse plants at last year's Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier   Photo: Courtesy of chicagoflower.com

In Bloom at Navy Pier

Escape the oppressive snow by hitting the Chicago Flower & Garden Show March 15-23 at Navy Pier. The show includes more than 25 gardens created by local landscape professionals, with themes such as “fearless food gardening,” “tulip takeover,” and “a passion for conifers.” Also check out dozens of green-thumb-oriented vendors, as well as free horticulture seminars and workshops. Learn how to make a flower arrangement for a man, grow your own food, create a sanctuary for hummingbirds in your backyard, and more.

Get Lucky at MG+BW

If you’re a fan of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, why not celebrate this upscale furniture company’s 25th anniversary by entering to win yourself a fabulous piece of furniture? Sign up between the 1st and the 20th of each month and you might get lucky. This month’s prize is the Major Chair, upholstered in silver leather for the occasion. There is also a chance to win a $25,000 shopping spree.

More Events and Sales

WPA Chicago is having a sale on all Poltrona Frau products through March 21. That means 20 percent off all Poltrona Frau, Cassina, and Cappellini furniture orders. Le Corbusier, including the LC outdoor collection, will also be discounted by 15 percent.

The Glass Art Conference will be held for the first time in Chicago March 19-22, drawing glass artists from around the world. Highlights include: a keynote address by Chicago artist and community organizer Theaster Gates, a day of free access to glass studios throughout the city, and a gallery hop.

The International Home and Housewares Show, a huge trade show featuring thousands of new products from companies big and small, hits McCormick Place March 15-18. This is not a grab-your-family-and-go-play-with-gadgets kind of deal. You must register in advance online, and be prepared to show your business card at the door. For those who are interested in consumer trends, this is the place to check out the latest kitchen tools, tableware, cleaning products, and more.

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