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Ravinia Festival

Ravinia Festival

Music Venue, Park, and Concert Hall
Highland Park
  • Jeff W.
    "Take the Metra from the city"(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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  • Mike W.
    Mike WiseJuly 2, 2015
    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.
    Upvoted Jul 9
  • Kristyn S.
    Kristyn SmithNovember 17, 2013
    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
  • Mehul S.
    Mehul ShethSeptember 11, 2014
    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
    Upvoted Jul 13
  • Laurie P.
    Laurie PenmanAugust 31, 2013
    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
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher SpauldingAugust 28, 2011
    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.
  • Cynthia R.
    Cynthia RoblesJuly 3, 2014
    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!!
  • Katina S.
    Katina SmithJune 17, 2013
    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.
  • Lindsey W.
    Lindsey WoodyJuly 19, 2010
    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!
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RyanAugust 24, 2014
    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)
  • Ken S.
    Ken SalkoverAugust 4, 2013
    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.
  • Helen P.
    Helen ParkJuly 26, 2015
    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!
  • John L.
    John LawsonJuly 27, 2013
    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 .
  • Catherine G.
    Catherine GarciaAugust 9, 2014
    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.
  • Katie L.
    Katie L.June 30, 2012
    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!
  • Bill M.
    Bill MillerAugust 8, 2014
    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)
  • Emily P.
    Emily ParkSeptember 4, 2010
    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!
  • Anna S.
    Anna Salsman-XerosJuly 30, 2013
    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!
  • Tasha
    TashaAugust 27, 2012
    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!
  • Nick T.
    Nick TonkovichJuly 11, 2010
    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
  • Lindsey W.
    Lindsey WoodyJuly 19, 2010
    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!
  • Kathleen N.
    Kathleen NemecSeptember 14, 2011
    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!
  • Bryce R.
    Bryce RobertsonJuly 17, 2010
    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.
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerAugust 13, 2014
    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.
  • J M.
    J MaeJuly 26, 2012
    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.
  • @palmerlaw
    @palmerlawFebruary 28, 2010
    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
  • Casey F.
    Casey FitzpatrickJune 23, 2012
    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!
  • lexi h.
    lexi hoffmanJuly 15, 2010
    Buy lawn tickets for a show, bring a blanket, some wine, and carry-out from your favorite local spot. Guaranteed a great time.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityApril 28, 2011
    Ravinia’s Reach*Teach*Play initiative positively engage some 35,000 Chicagoans—particularly in areas that have few opportunities for arts opportunities. Get involved.
  • Gypaetus b.
    Gypaetus barbatusAugust 11, 2014
    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.
  • Katie L.
    Katie L.June 30, 2012
    Bring a card or board game with you-it's great fun while you're waiting for the concert to start!
  • Nicole L.
    Nicole LippmanAugust 31, 2014
    No need to bring a thing, they can provide picnics, chairs, and whatever else you might want.
  • Catherine G.
    Catherine GarciaAugust 9, 2014
    If you park and ride the shuttle, make sure to exit through the west gate. The line for the return shuttles begins here.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Dave D.
    Dave DemlowSeptember 21, 2014
    view is great anywhere in the pavilion but hard to believe they allow NO DRINKS! that really stinks
    Downvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Emily T.
    Emily TyndorfJune 29, 2012
    If u have lawn tickets and are seeing a sold out concert then get there when the doors open
  • Mary I.
    Mary IsomJuly 10, 2012
    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.
  • Lori
    LoriAugust 13, 2010
    Ravinia is wonderful, but get there early if it's a sold out show to find a good spot for your blanket.
  • Kristie V.
    Kristie Van PraagJuly 7, 2013
    The bathrooms are extremely clean. Head to the far right for an extra hidden row of stalls!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Jeff D.
    Great events and concerts, meticulously clean restrooms. Friendly park staff.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Brendon H.
    Brendon HernandezJuly 24, 2013
    Really cool venue. Definitely bring some chairs and BYOB.
  • lorina c.
    lorina chavezJuly 4, 2013
    Get here early! and don't forget to bring your liquor bcuz they're raping people with these prices
  • Okimak
    OkimakAugust 19, 2011
    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!
  • Lina G.
    Lina GonzoAugust 19, 2012
    Park at any of the further parking lots and take the shuttle. This way the parking is free.
  • Elise F.
    Elise FrostJuly 13, 2010
    Whether you sit on the lawn or in the pavilion, you must get the cappuccino ice cream!
  • Tami A.
    Tami AtkinsonJuly 5, 2013
    Arrive early if you want a decent seat on the lawn, ESP if you have a large group!!
  • nikhil t.
    nikhil trivediJune 11, 2012
    Don't expect to see anything if you're on the lawn, but you'll have a really good time!
  • Robert M.
    Robert MurrayAugust 22, 2013
    Great place 2 c a band bring ur own drinks food whatever u want great people
  • Laura C.
    Laura CraigAugust 11, 2012
    Getting the membership is def worth it. U get in 30mins earlier than non members.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Katie L.
    Katie L.June 30, 2012
    If you drive, get there early, park in one of the free lots and take the free shuttle bus.
    MEREDITH POLLOCKAugust 1, 2015
    This Is A Very Special Place. I Love It. I've Been Coming Here For Years.
  • Scott F.
    Scott FergusonAugust 8, 2010
    If you have lawn seats, lots of spare room to the far left when you come in.
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