• August 13 -15, 2019
  • Chicago, IL

Networking, Events & Receptions

The 2019 Independent Home Improvement Show’s co-location with the Independent Garden Center (IGC) Show means that you’ll not only have access to diverse business opportunities across both shows, but also special events hosted by IGC! Check out some of the onsite events below that you can enjoy with your IHIS badge.

IGC Show 2019 Party & Concert with San Francisco rock music legends STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas

Wednesday, August 14 | Party: 5:00PM | Free Concert 5:45PM—7:15PM, IGC Show Center Stage

There’s no better way to wrap up the day’s networking with your peers than with food, drinks and music at the IGC Show 2019 Party & Concert, taking place on Day 2 of IHIS right at the Center Stage!

STARSHIP, one of the most iconic rock bands of our time, is known for their timeless anthems, “We Built This City,” “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” “Sara” and other shining audio gems. The band’s frontman, Mickey Thomas, joined Jefferson Starship in 1979. His voice was already a legend, thanks to the hit, “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” he recorded with the Elvin Bishop Band. Jefferson Starship quickly proved to be the right decision for his next move, as they recorded their first hit, “Jane,” almost immediately after getting together. In 1985, Starship released the album that would come to define the ’80s, “Knee Deep in the Hoopla.” Touting two No. 1 hits – “We Built this City” and “Sara” – the album reached No. 7 on the Billboard charts and went platinum. They followed their initial success with another No. 1 hit classic, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.” As they continued to reach the top of the charts, MTV infiltrated pop culture and the band released videos for all of their hits that are still popular today. Today, the fan-love for Starship’s music continues to cross generations. The band’s music is featured in numerous popular soundtracks, including the film Guardians of the Galaxy and the popular TV series Glee.

Continuing Education @ IGC

Wednesday, August 14 | 11 am–12pm, 2–3pm, 3:15–4:15pm & Thursday, August 15 | 10:30–11:30am, 11:45am–12:45pm

Continuing Education @ IGC is the best education for independent garden centers offered anywhere in the United States and around the world. Now in its 13th year, and brought to you by the industry’s leading publisher with decades of experience, it is targeted precisely to the special interests of your garden center business. Five exclusive retail-centric tracks will break out into sessions pinpointing the solutions that will have the greatest impact on your store’s profitability and success.

IGC Show’s new permanent home at Lakeside | McCormick makes it even easier to take advantage of all Continuing Education @ IGC has to offer. Now right off the show floor, in special sound-buffered areas for All Access Pass badge attendees, classes will convene at Continuing Education Stages. No more walking up stairs and down long hallways – it’s all centrally located just a few quick steps from the show floor action. All Access Pass Badges Required & Firmly Enforced.