Chicago Flower & Garden Show | Preview

The Navy Pier horticultural showcase isn’t just for green thumbs.

He may never like flowers, but he’ll always love food. At the Garden Gourmet stage, 34 Chicago chefs demonstrate how to make tasty dishes using farm-to-table ingredients. Dr. Ian Smith bestie Judson Todd Allen and The Miracle Berry Diet Cookbook author Homaro Cantu are among the chefs scheduled to give demos.

Dinner-party perfectionist
The next time she has a dinner party, her table setting will evoke plenty of passive-aggressive envy. Draw inspiration from the pros at “Tablescapes,” an exhibit featuring the settings of 16 local designers. This year’s slated displays include a tribute to Van Gogh’s Starry Night (the flowers match the painting’s colors) .

DIY home fixer-upper
More than 30 home-improvement vendors hawk their wares at the Marketplace—heaven for this amateur carpenter. He can chat with representatives from contractor-referral service the Home Improvement Network, buy house essentials like gutter guards and try to make Ty Pennington–type celebrities a thing again.

Chicago Flower & Garden Show, Festival Hall at Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave. Sat 9–Mar 17: Mon–Sat 10am–8pm, Sun 10am–6pm; weekdays $17 (advance $15), weekends $19 (advance $17), kids ages 4–12 $5.

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