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Ravinia Festival

Ravinia Festival

Music Venue, Park, and Concert Hall
418 Sheridan Rd (at Green Bay & Ravinia Park), Highland Park, IL 60035, United States
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  • Today
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 4:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 4:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–Noon
    • 3:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 3:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 5:00 PM–8:00 PM
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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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    "Pack a meal, wine & blanket and ride the Metra right up to the door!"(5 Tips)
    lexi h.
    "lawn tickets for a show"(4 Tips)
    Laurie P.
    "... early if you have lawn seats.....even tho'you can't see the stage, the..."(4 Tips)
    "If you love great food and plenty of selection, eat at Mirabelles"(2 Tips)
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  • concerts
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  • martinis
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  • Mike W.
    Even if you have pavilion seats, picnic before the show or during the first part of a show with an intermission. It is what defines the Ravinia experience and separates it from any other venue.
    Mike Wise · July 2, 2015
  • 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 Smith · November 17, 2013
  • Mehul S.
    Cheap, beautiful and huge variety of concert choices-everything from classical to country to contemporary. If you get here on a nice day you are guaranteed to have a great experience. Train into city
    Mehul Sheth · September 11, 2014
  • Christopher S.
    1/4 mile south of the main gate is Bob's Pantry and Deli.. Get your hand stamped for re-entry at the park and walk down the bicycle trail or John's Ave to 55 St. Johns Ave for any forgotten items.
    Christopher Spaulding · August 28, 2011
  • 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 Penman · August 31, 2013
  • Cynthia R.
    The best venue to see a concert. There is no limit as to what you can bring in. Bottles of beer, wine, tequila, food, coolers, tables, chairs, but keep in mind the party is on the lawn!!
    Cynthia Robles · July 3, 2014
  • Katina S.
    Bring a small flashlight if you are in the lawn seats. So at the end of the night you can look for things you may have dropped on the lawn. It gets pretty dark by the end of the concert.
    Katina Smith · June 17, 2013
  • 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 Woody · July 19, 2010
  • Jeff R.
    Ok venue. More about the atmosphere . There is really no view on the lawn. So if u have lawn, bring beer and food and just enjoy the music. Don't plan on seeing much ( so just people watch)
    Jeff Ryan · August 24, 2014
  • Ken S.
    Disagree with you about remote parking, Lindsay. It takes a long time to exit the main lot. If you bust a move after the final musical number to the bus loading area, you can exit with ease.
    Ken Salkover · August 4, 2013
  • John L.
    Get here a little early to really enjoy your picnic! For the bigger acts best to come near or just after parking opens at 4pm. Parking in west lot is the best coming off of Xway .
    John Lawson · July 27, 2013
  • Helen P.
    This place gets pretty crowded when there's an orchestra performance in the pavilion. Get here couple of hours early if you want to get a decent seat!
    Helen Park · July 26, 2015
  • Catherine G.
    If you have a seat in the Pavillion area and you arrive late, the ushers absolutely won't let you in through the gates until there is a break in the music. Be prepared to wait.
    Catherine Garcia · August 9, 2014
  • 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 Park · September 4, 2010
  • Anna S.
    Need to get to Ravinia at 5 to set up your picnic area and get a good spot! Parking is 20 dollars and it makes things so much easier when you are bringing a spread!
    Anna Salsman-Xeros · July 30, 2013
  • Bill M.
    Neat place, and bigger than I expected. I recommend arriving 3-4 hours before the event to get a great spot on the lawn. (Not kidding)
    Bill Miller · August 8, 2014
  • Katie L.
    They have large screens on the lawn. Before the concert starts, they use it as a live Twitter feed wall! Post your tweets, shout-outs and pics and watch it show up for all to see!
    Katie L. · June 30, 2012
  • @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
  • Tasha
    Driving is a nightmare and parking impossible, especially if there are other events going on. Cabs are great. 303 taxi and Taxi Magic app saved us!
    Tasha · August 27, 2012
  • Nick T.
    Expensive food but great selection, sushi, pizza, hotdogs, noodles and sandwiches. Get here early for a good spot and bring a large cooler for drinks
    Nick Tonkovich · July 11, 2010
  • 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 Woody · July 19, 2010
  • 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 Nemec · September 14, 2011
  • 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 Robertson · July 17, 2010
  • Louis K.
    The ice cream is good, to the left of the pavilion. Bring a blanket or sweater, it gets chilly at night, especially on the lawn.
    Louis Klieger · August 13, 2014
  • J M.
    On performance night, your COLLEGE ID gets you 1 free pass for any Martin Theatre or CSO concert (excl. Gala Benefit concert). If available, COLLEGE ID get you 1 reserved seat for $10. MAIN GATE.
    J Mae · July 26, 2012
  • 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 hoffman · July 15, 2010
  • 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 Fitzpatrick · June 23, 2012
  • 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
  • Katie L.
    Bring a card or board game with you-it's great fun while you're waiting for the concert to start!
    Katie L. · June 30, 2012
  • Nicole L.
    No need to bring a thing, they can provide picnics, chairs, and whatever else you might want.
    Nicole Lippman · August 31, 2014
  • Mary I.
    Lovely people, anyone getting pixs of the Carlos Santana Band today, send them to @loxoflock on Twitter. WE are club members, can not get away.
    Mary Isom · July 10, 2012
  • Emily T.
    If u have lawn tickets and are seeing a sold out concert then get there when the doors open
    Emily Tyndorf · June 29, 2012
  • Catherine G.
    If you park and ride the shuttle, make sure to exit through the west gate. The line for the return shuttles begins here.
    Catherine Garcia · August 9, 2014
  • Dave D.
    view is great anywhere in the pavilion but hard to believe they allow NO DRINKS! that really stinks
    Dave Demlow · September 21, 2014
  • Lori
    Ravinia is wonderful, but get there early if it's a sold out show to find a good spot for your blanket.
    Lori · August 13, 2010
  • Kristie V.
    The bathrooms are extremely clean. Head to the far right for an extra hidden row of stalls!
    Kristie Van Praag · July 7, 2013
  • Gypaetus b.
    Ehhh. I saw The Donnas, Pat Benatar, and Blondie here a while ago. The only thing I truly disliked about it was that people weren't paying attention to their (running & screaming) kids.
    Gypaetus barbatus · August 11, 2014
  • lorina c.
    Get here early! and don't forget to bring your liquor bcuz they're raping people with these prices
    lorina chavez · July 4, 2013
  • Brendon H.
    Really cool venue. Definitely bring some chairs and BYOB.
    Brendon Hernandez · July 24, 2013
  • Elise F.
    Whether you sit on the lawn or in the pavilion, you must get the cappuccino ice cream!
    Elise Frost · July 13, 2010
  • nikhil t.
    Don't expect to see anything if you're on the lawn, but you'll have a really good time!
    nikhil trivedi · June 11, 2012
  • Lina G.
    Park at any of the further parking lots and take the shuttle. This way the parking is free.
    Lina Gonzo · August 19, 2012
  • Tami A.
    Arrive early if you want a decent seat on the lawn, ESP if you have a large group!!
    Tami Atkinson · July 5, 2013
  • Okimak
    Bring a citronella candle or bug spray. Be on the look out for sprinkler action. Don't get wet....the squitos will eat you alive!
    Okimak · August 19, 2011
  • Robert M.
    Great place 2 c a band bring ur own drinks food whatever u want great people
    Robert Murray · August 22, 2013
  • Laura C.
    Getting the membership is def worth it. U get in 30mins earlier than non members.
    Laura Craig · August 11, 2012
  • Katie L.
    If you drive, get there early, park in one of the free lots and take the free shuttle bus.
    Katie L. · June 30, 2012
  • Sima D.
    Remember no food or beverage is allowed in the pavillion; thre real action is on the lawn! Read more
    Sima Dahl · June 19, 2011
  • Scott F.
    If you have lawn seats, lots of spare room to the far left when you come in.
    Scott Ferguson · August 8, 2010
  • Chulses S.
    Terrible organization of events. Rules are not enforced which results in chaos and miserable visit.
    Chulses Smith · September 1, 2015

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