Connecting with nature can be difficult, often requiring extensive planning, cumbersome camping gear, or whistling skills powerful enough to summon a bio-diverse collection of fauna to your doorstep. Take a convenient route to natural splendor with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get parking for a car (a $20 value) or van (a $25 value) at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Admission to the garden is free. This Groupon expires on September 2.
Emerge from the shadows of forests of skyscrapers and tangles of telephone vines with a sunlit stroll through the Chicago Botanic Garden’s 24 display gardens and four natural habitats surrounded by lakes. A parking lot just steps from the entrance stables mechanical steeds and strictly prevents them from boredly munching on rare flowers while groups dismount to fawn over the flora at one of the country’s most visited public gardens. Warm weather and abundant rains have led the garden’s world-renowned plant collections to bloom into a cornucopia of tropical colors, from the deep fuchsias of butterfly bushes in the Crescent and Circle Gardens to the soft pinks of wild bergamots lining the paths of the Lavin Plant Evaluation Garden.
The Chicago Botanic Garden grants free admission to all comers in an effort to promote plant conservation and appease the appetites of its man-eating pitcher plants. The garden’s long summer hours allow guests to make the most of the sun and their parking fees, with up to 14 hours of motorized-sled storage each day, and a daily events calendar hosts a profusion of family-friendly music and horticultural programs, from morning concerts to daylong rain dances.
Parking at the garden is free for members, active-duty military personnel, and active and non-active Illinois POWs. Although the Chicago Botanic Garden offers a cheaper rate for senior citizens on Tuesdays, this deal provides the best value for most people.