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IGC Show Is Held At Lakeside | McCormick This modern facility’s floor-to-ceiling windows provide sweeping views of Lake Michigan. The landscaped deck is a serene place to enjoy the cascading waterfall overlooking the lake.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN WITH EARLY BIRD EXTRA SAVINGS, NEW DISCOUNTED HOTELS UP FOR GRABS!  
CHICAGO – REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN HERE - with early bird extra savings - for next summer’s IGC Show, August 13-15 at Chicago’s Lakeside | McCormick. Independent garden center retailers can get the jump on signing up for their IGC Show experience now, and save substantially on access to Continuing Education @ IGC’s all-new sessions and Monday’s IGC Show Store Tour.  As an added incentive to register early, IGC Show organizers have already arranged specially discounted IGC Show hotel room blocks - at both brand-new host hotels as well as show-goers’ longstanding favorites. Click on “Hotels” in the top menu to book yours.  “We’re opening registration a full three months earlier than in previous years to give retailers the chance to lock in early bird savings now, before they’re busy with New Year spruce-ups at their store and prep for the coming spring,” says Jeff Morey, IGC Show Co-founder and CEO.   As the exciting details of next summer’s must-attend event continue to unfold, IGC Show officials recently announced the big-name ticket for IGC Show 2019’s free party and concert on Wednesday - San Francisco rock legends STARSHIP, featuring Mickey Thomas, will perform their timeless anthems, “We Built This City,” “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” “Sara” and more! Click on “Concert” in the top menu for more details. And stay tuned for more big announcements, including IGC Show’s three keynotes, coming soon.
IGC 2018 CELEBRATES INNOVATION, CAMARADERIE  & INDIE SUCCESS AS INDUSTRY’S CENTRAL HUB                      CHICAGO – Independent garden center retailers and vendors from all across the country and around the world gathered at the IGC Show in Chicago for the 12th annual event’s trade show, order-writing specials, inspirational keynotes, continuing education and peer-to-peer networking at its best. The excitement started on Monday, when five coach buses filled to capacity took tour-goers on a journey of retail discovery during the IGC Show Store Tour. The next morning, Dr. Charlie Hall kicked things off with a fascinating look at the trends reshaping retail as we know it, and the key edge today’s indie garden centers are able to leverage as their community’s trusted local resource. After a full day of meeting face-to-face with new and established vendors, the crowds flowed into Tuesday evening’s free party, where The Marshall Tucker Band turned the mic over to the audience to join them in singing “Heard It In a Love Song.” Wednesday started with a standing-room-only keynote from Shark Tank’s Daymond John, who chronicled the determination and entrepreneurial grit that helped get him to the top, and the mindfulness that compels him today to share his story with others. On Thursday, attendees of Continuing Education @ IGC wrapped up their two-day “coursework,” taking back new strategies for their garden centers’ success, both online and in-store. Plans are already in the works for IGC Show 2019, and preregistration is now open. Watch for more details, coming soon!
CHICAGO – Faced with ongoing construction at Navy Pier, and the long list of inconveniences to attendees and exhibitors that would come with it, IGC Show Founders Jeff and Cheryl Morey recently announced their strategic decision to move the family-friendly event, open to all ages, to a new permanent home in Chicago: Lakeside | McCormick, beginning next summer with IGC Show 2019, August 13-15. All of the signature extras the IGC Show has offered at Navy Pier though the years will continue – including IGC’s three free keynotes, continuing education sessions, networking opportunities like Shop Talk Retail Discussions in the IGC Networking Lounge, and Wednesday’s free party and concert. In fact, the move will make it easier for attendees and exhibitors to get the most from their IGC Show experience – by bringing all of it together in one central location. “Everything will be on the show floor level,” Cheryl explains. “No more climbing stairs, no long hikes to the ballroom for the keynotes and concert, no going to the next floor up for the conference sessions. The trade show floor will be the center of the action and the hub for everything.” IGC Show’s widely popular New Vendor Zone, as well as the New Product Zone and New Plant Zone “best of show” voting areas, will also be conveniently located right on the trade show floor.
A Special Message from Jeff & Cheryl Morey, IGC Show Founders IGC SHOW ANNOUNCES PERMANENT MOVE TO LAKESIDE | MCCORMICK, PLANS FOR UPGRADES
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A Special Message from Jeff & Cheryl Morey, IGC Show Founders IGC SHOW ANNOUNCES PERMANENT MOVE TO LAKESIDE MCCORMICK, PLANS FOR UPGRADES
CHICAGO – Faced with ongoing construction at Navy Pier, and the long list of inconveniences to attendees and exhibitors that would come with it, IGC Show Founders Jeff and Cheryl Morey recently announced their strategic decision to move the family-friendly event, open to all ages, to a new permanent home in Chicago: Lakeside | McCormick, beginning next summer with IGC Show 2019, August 13-15. All of the signature extras the IGC Show has offered at Navy Pier through the years will continue – including IGC’s three free keynotes, continuing education sessions, networking opportunities like Shop Talk Retail Discussions in the IGC Networking Lounge, and Wednesday’s free party and concert. In fact, the move will make it easier for attendees and exhibitors to get the most from their IGC Show experience – by bringing all of it together in one central location. “Everything will be on the show floor level,” Cheryl explains. “No more climbing stairs, no long hikes to the ballroom for the keynotes and concert, no going to the next floor up for the conference sessions. The trade show floor will be the center of the action and the hub for everything.” IGC Show’s widely popular New Vendor Zone, as well as the New Product Zone and New Plant Zone “best of show” voting areas, will also be conveniently located right on the trade show floor. Earlier this year, work began on the construction of a $100 million, 222-room hotel on top of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, the site of IGC Show’s trade show since its inception in 2007. “This past August at our 12 th  annual IGC Show, we felt the pains from the construction,” Jeff says, “and that was just the beginning of the demolition and building planned for the years to come. Our attendees and exhibitors suffered from restricted entry to the exhibit hall. Elevators weren’t working, escalators weren’t operating – it wasn’t pretty.” Cheryl adds, “Fortunately, despite these challenges, the show was a huge hit with attendees and exhibitors alike. But we also lost a lot of the prime lobby space that previously housed show registration and the GCA Café. Not to mention, the large windows looking out to Lake Michigan – they were all gone.” Lakeside | McCormick’s facility streams natural light into the contemporary, recently revamped space, and presents spectacular sweeping views with floor-to- ceiling windows looking out to Lake Michigan. IGC Show organizers plan to continue offering discounted show rates at hotels in Chicago’s popular Loop area, in addition to hotels at Lakeside | McCormick. The move is being called a reboot of what is still the most popular trade show in the world for independent garden centers. “We started a big updating process on the IGC Show two years ago - for example, the addition of the IGC Networking Lounge and Shop Talk Retail Discussions on the show floor,” Morey says. “Now starting next August, we are excited to add a lot of things we never had room for in the past. Stay tuned for lots more details. Think of it as IGC Show 2.0.” Jeff adds, “We’re in Chicago to stay. We’re not going anywhere after this move - 2020 and beyond, here we come!”
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AUGUST 13-15, 2019 #IGCSHOW
Lakeside | McCormick  Chicago, IL USA
AUGUST 13 -15, 2019  #IGCSHOW