Every year, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show reinvents itself to help millions of visitors find inspiration, education and motivation for enhancing their own outdoor spaces, while cultivating the next generation of gardeners. This year, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show partners with Bernie's Book Bank, a non-profit dedicated to increasing book ownership among Chicago's at-risk youth. The re-designed five-day show "FLOWERTALES" will explore the unique role flowers, plants and gardens play in the stories of our lives.
The 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show will feature display gardens and vignettes showcasing roses, tulips, edibles, small spaces, water features and urban design. Garden Gourmet cooking demonstrations, a public photography competition, Potting Parties (container gardening workshops) and the popular Kids’ Activity Garden will return, along with the show’s all-new Get Growing Educational Presentation Series, featuring interactive how-to performances, workshops and seminars led by experts from the Chicago area and across the country.
With 24-plus walkable gardens built by the industry’s most notable professionals, 64 ongoing presentations led by nationally-renowned experts, 30 celebrity chef demonstrations, 24 Potting Parties and Stem Studio classes and five days to see and do it all – the 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show will open a new chapter in the show’s history, as it continues to bloom brilliantly with even more how-tos, experts, experiences and inspiration.
The USA’s most prestigious international invitational.
The American Cup, part of the International Gymnastics Federation’s all-around World Cup series, will feature the world’s best gymnasts in a one-day all-around competition. The men’s Elite Team Cup and the Nastia Liukin Cup will be staged in conjunction with the American Cup.
The impressive list of former American Cup champions includes: Simone Biles, Bart Conner, Tim Daggett, Gabby Douglas, Paul Hamm, Jonathan Horton, Shawn Johnson, Danell Leyva, Nastia Liukin, Sam Mikulak, Shannon Miller, Carly Patterson, Mary Lou Retton, Kurt Thomas, Peter Vidmar, Jordyn Wieber and Kim Zmeskal-Burdette.
The Nastia Liukin Cup, taking place on Friday, March 2nd, provides a competitive opportunity for the country’s top Junior Olympic gymnasts.
Apples to Apples Jr. comes to life onstage as the performers create scenes based on the cards you choose! Flex your imagination and vocabulary as you take part in the show. Match your best card to the green card drawn onstage and watch the wild and wacky performers create a scene based on the winning pair. If your card is chosen, you could even win a prize. Learn about improv and enjoy a night of laughs. This all ages show is perfect for birthday parties or celebrations with the whole family.
You can learn more about the adult version of this game, Horrible Fun, here.
Iran, Poland and Serbia will join the U.S. Men’s National Team for three days of FIVB Volleyball Nations League matches on June 15-17, 2018.
The U.S. Men, ranked No. 2 in the world, will have a challenging weekend in Hoffman Estates, facing No. 3 Poland, No. 8 Iran and No. 11 Serbia. Each team will play the other three once during the weekend.
Among the U.S. players expected to compete are 2016 Olympic medalists Matt Anderson, Micah Christenson, Max Holt, Thomas Jaeschke, Aaron Russell, Taylor Sander, David Smith and Erik and Kawika Shoji. Jaeschke grew up in nearby Wheaton, Ill., and played for Loyola of Chicago. Jeff Jendryk, who is also expected to compete, also grew up in Wheaton and will finish his career at Loyola in the spring.
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