Ravinia Festival

Ravinia Festival

Music Venue, Park, and Concert Hall
418 Sheridan Rd. (at Green Bay & Ravinia Park), Highland Park, IL 60035
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  • Today
    • 3:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 2:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 2:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Tue–Wed
    • 4:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 3:00 PM–8:00 PM

Ravinia, North America's oldest music festival, stands today as its most musically diverse. The summer series of over 100 concerts run the gambit from Sting to Matisyahu to the annual summer residency of the nation's finest orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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  • "Buy lawn tickets for a show, bring a blanket, some wine, and..." (4 tips)
  • "Bring your own food. Take the Metra from the city" (2 tips)
  • "If you have lawn seats, lots of spare room to the far left when..." (4 tips)
  • ShopTRACY B.

    metra is key from city!

    ShopTRACY B. · August 23, 2010
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  • Chris P.

    If you get lawn tickets, you should get here when the doors open, the good spots go fast!

    Chris P. · August 31, 2009
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  • Sima D.

    Remember no food or beverage is allowed in the pavillion; thre real action is on the lawn! Read more

    Sima D. · June 19, 2011
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  • lexi h.

    Buy lawn tickets for a show, bring a blanket, some wine, and carry-out from your favorite local spot. Guaranteed a great time.

    lexi h. · July 15, 2010
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  • Gilt City

    Ravinia’s Reach*Teach*Play initiative positively engage some 35,000 Chicagoans—particularly in areas that have few opportunities for arts opportunities. Get involved.

    Gilt City · April 28, 2011
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  • Jack's Mannequin On Tour

    Come back and see Jack's Mannequin and Guster Live on September 3rd, 2011. More info here: http://jacksmannequin.com/tour

    Jack's Mannequin On Tour · April 21, 2011
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  • Lindsey W.

    Ravinia always has a great lineup. Bring your own food and drink to party on the lawn!!

    Lindsey W. · July 19, 2010
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  • Jeff W.

    Bring your own food. Take the Metra from the city

    Jeff W. · August 19, 2010
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  • P. Griffin B.

    Come for the snootiness, stay for the... well... snootiness. Read more

    P. Griffin B. · August 29, 2011
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  • David A.

    Don't order the noodles. Blech.

    David A. · July 19, 2010
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  • Lindsey W.

    If you don't park in Ravinia lot, you will park in DT Highland Park & take the shuttle, which means you will be waiting a while after show or walking for what seems like an eternity at end of night!

    Lindsey W. · July 19, 2010
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  • Glen V.

    One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the Darkness bind them!

    Glen V. · August 20, 2011
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  • Melissa M.

    Don't wear stilleto heels if you're sitting on the lawn, remember your wedges!

    Melissa M. · August 5, 2011
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  • Bob B.

    Try the shart-on-a-stick. A little messy but well worth it!

    Bob B. · June 17, 2011
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  • Max H.

    Get pavilion tickets. Takes the stress away. Or better yet. Fight for lawn seats and leave the pavilion to us.

    Max H. · June 11, 2011
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  • Robert M.

    Great place 2 c a band bring ur own drinks food whatever u want great people

    Robert M. · August 22, 2013
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  • Emily T.

    If u have lawn tickets and are seeing a sold out concert then get there when the doors open

    Emily T. · June 29, 2012
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  • Lindsey N.

    Use #lfgrad2012 for the @lfcollege commencement ceremony. Congrats Class of 2012!

    Lindsey N. · May 12, 2012
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  • Chanda D.

    Members get in 30 minutes before the general public....best way to get great lawn spots

    Chanda D. · September 2, 2011
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  • Nadia M.

    Come early or not at all.

    Nadia M. · July 17, 2011
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  • Emily P.

    Come prepared to save money - lawn chairs and/or blankets, drinks, utensils, good food, a cooler, etc. A great place to bring friends, family, and/or a date!

    Emily P. · September 4, 2010
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  • Sidney I.

    Nelly Furtado Concert... After-Party @ Green Dolphin! Text ESCAPE to 33028 for VIP! Open Bar 10-11:30 & $3 Drinks

    Sidney I. · September 4, 2010
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  • David J.

    I'm pretty sure they hired the children of the corn to be the ushers.

    David J. · August 29, 2010
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  • Lindsey W.

    The chocolate cake at the Ravinia Market is to die for! It rivals Portillo's chocolate cake! Make sure to spoil yourself and get a piece!

    Lindsey W. · July 19, 2010
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  • Alex L.

    Sit next to a tree. It gives you more room.

    Alex L. · June 19, 2010
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  • Jaime N.

    Take the metra! So much better than driving to Ravinia!

    Jaime N. · September 9, 2013
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  • Aubre

    Come for Itzhak Perlman, stay for the cicadas.

    Aubre · August 8, 2013
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  • Brendon H.

    Really cool venue. Definitely bring some chairs and BYOB.

    Brendon H. · July 24, 2013
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  • Kristie B.

    The bathrooms are extremely clean. Head to the far right for an extra hidden row of stalls!

    Kristie B. · July 7, 2013
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  • Mark T.

    Such a great place to relax and enjoy a summer night

    Mark T. · July 4, 2013
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  • Lina G.

    Park at any of the further parking lots and take the shuttle. This way the parking is free.

    Lina G. · August 19, 2012
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  • Casey F.

    The metra gets extremely crowded by the second stop out of Chicago (ravenswood). If you have time, get on at Oglevie so you get a seat!

    Casey F. · June 23, 2012
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  • Ed K.

    If u have a dog, try Urban Pooch Canine Life Center in Chicago - urbanpooch.com

    Ed K. · June 23, 2012
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  • nikhil t.

    Don't expect to see anything if you're on the lawn, but you'll have a really good time!

    nikhil t. · June 11, 2012
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  • Kathleen N.

    During the months of June, July, August, and September...This is the place to see your favorite artists sing, dance, see a Stephen Sondheim Muscial with Patti Lupone. Enjoy it underneath the stars!

    Kathleen N. · September 14, 2011
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  • Silvana F.

    Don't forget to look up at the stars

    Silvana F. · September 12, 2011
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  • Dianne S.

    $20 for parking...ouch!

    Dianne S. · August 20, 2011
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  • Sima D.

    An annual must-do for a fabulous Chicago summer! Read more

    Sima D. · June 19, 2011
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  • Chris B.

    One of the rites of summer in Chicago... Read more

    Chris B. · June 7, 2011
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  • Tyme4 R.

    Leave by the last song to avoid the parking lot mess out of here! Enjoy the show

    Tyme4 R. · August 29, 2010
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  • Scott F.

    If you have lawn seats, lots of spare room to the far left when you come in.

    Scott F. · August 8, 2010
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  • Lauri H.

    It is ok to walk on blankets, at least mine

    Lauri H. · August 7, 2010
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  • Bryce R.

    When you come for Sting, make sure you get there early! The lines start at about 3:45pm for early admittance at 4:30 with a pass.

    Bryce R. · July 17, 2010
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  • Jenny K.

    Buffet before Steve Martin playing bluegrass tonight at Ravinia 

    Jenny K. · June 12, 2010
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  • @jenwalsh

    One of my favorite places

    @jenwalsh · March 28, 2010
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  • @palmerlaw

    Pack a meal, wine & blanket and ride the Metra right up to the door! College students: Free lawn passes for Chicago Symphony Orchestra by showing college ID. Read more

    @palmerlaw · February 28, 2010
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  • Elizabeth H.

    Are you looking for a Full Time job? Verizon has sales positions available in the area - Niles, Lincolnwood, Norridge, and Northbrook! www.verizon.com/jobs

    Elizabeth H. · 3 hours ago
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  • Kristyn S.

    Get there early so you can find a spot on the lawn close to the stage if you only have lawn tickets if your tickets a pavilion ticket they open the pavilion up a hour before the show get there & stay

    Kristyn S. · November 17, 2013
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  • Laurie P.

    Get there early if you have lawn seats.....even tho'you can't see the stage, the sound is awesome courtesy of the strategically placed outdoor speakers throughout. Nice venue to experience as a group

    Laurie P. · August 31, 2013
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  • Cathy P.

    Get here VERY early!!

    Cathy P. · August 24, 2013
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