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Independent Garden Center Show

Come to the Independent Garden Center Show at Chicago’s Navy Pier August 15-17, and stay at the nearby and affordable La Quinta Inn & Suites in historic Hyde Park.

The Independent Garden Center Show at Navy Pier is a trade show which will offer keynote speakers, the New Product Zone with showcases for your shopping and order writing pleasure, and will feature educational components. And for fun, there will be the Opening Night Party and Concert featuring Blue Oyster Cult.

Conference topics include Cashing in on the ‘Shop Local’ Movement, How to Turn Your Garden Center’s Community Roots into Customer Loyalty; How to Initiate an Independent Business Alliance; Memes, Messengers and Media, and much more.

Enjoy the Independent Garden Center Show Networking Lounge, Shop Talk Retail Discussions, the IGC Bar, and much more. Keynote speakers include industry garden retail expert, motivational speaker and Navy Seal killer of Osama bin Laden John Stanley, Robert O’Neill, and “The Retail Doctor” Bob Phibbs.

Navy Pier is located at 600 East Grand Avenue in Chicago. To register for the Independent Garden Center Show, go online to and follow the prompts. The 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. Children under 14 will not be admitted.

Make your Independent Garden Center Show experience more enjoyable by staying at the La Quinta Inn & Suites, in Hyde Park. The hotel offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. Enjoy the free breakfast. The Lake Shore Café offers lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.