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Ravinia Festival

Ravinia Festival

Music Venue, Park, and Concert Hall
Highland Park
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  • 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)
    Gail
    "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.
  • Katina S.
    Katina SmithJune 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • Ken S.
    Ken SalkoverAugust 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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!!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 .
  • 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)
  • 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!
  • 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)
  • 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
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher SpauldingAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    1/4 mile South of the main gate is Bob's Pantry and Deli.. Get your hand stamped for re-entry at the park. Then walk down the bicycle trail or John's Ave to 55 St. Johns Ave for forgotten food or ice.
  • 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!
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Kristie V.
    Kristie Van PraagJuly 7, 2013
    The bathrooms are extremely clean. Head to the far right for an extra hidden row of stalls!
  • 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!
  • Laura C.
    Laura CraigAugust 11, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Getting the membership is def worth it. U get in 30mins earlier than non members.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Amanda O.
    Amanda O.October 4, 2014
    There are reentry privileges so don't feel like you have to bring everything in on one trip.
  • Brendon H.
    Brendon HernandezJuly 24, 2013
    Really cool venue. Definitely bring some chairs and BYOB.
  • Katie L.
    Katie L.June 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring a card or board game with you-it's great fun while you're waiting for the concert to start!
  • Jeff D.
    Jeff DembinskiJuly 12, 2016
    Great events and concerts, meticulously clean restrooms. Friendly park staff.
  • 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!
  • MEREDITH P.
    MEREDITH POLLOCKAugust 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This Is A Very Special Place. I Love It. I've Been Coming Here For Years.
  • Robert M.
    Robert MurrayAugust 22, 2013
    Great place 2 c a band bring ur own drinks food whatever u want great people
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Bob D.
    Bob DeGraffAugust 29, 2015
    Beautiful well-kept event park with a great sound system.
  • Ronni G.
    Ronni GraffJuly 1
    Been here 10+ times
    Free Steans Music Institute concerts are wonderful. Sign up for Ravinia's email so you don't miss out!
  • Bryce R.
    Bryce RobertsonJuly 17, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • Stephen G.
    Stephen GarveySeptember 22, 2011
    Perfect place for an outdoor concert. So easy to get to from Chicago.
  • 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!
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FlossAugust 10, 2015
    Great performance last evening! Ravinia is an awesome place to enjoy a summer evening!
  • 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.
  • Katie L.
    Katie L.June 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you drive, get there early, park in one of the free lots and take the free shuttle bus.
  • 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.
  • Cori M.
    Cori MolnauAugust 8, 2014
    Lord of the Rings! Return of the king! I'm in heaven! This is my view!
  • Kirb T.
    Kirb TorresSeptember 2, 2016
    Everything is great here. You're just at the whim of the weather.
  • Carol M.
    Carol MarrSeptember 11, 2014
    Get there really really really early and bring a game to play while you wait
  • 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
  • Joe S.
    Joe SykeAugust 13, 2014
    Get here right when the gates open if you want a good spot on the lawn.
  • Ivon Omar F.
    Ivon Omar FigueroaAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The coolest place to hear live music while having a Picnic.
  • Gail
    GailAugust 13, 2012
    If you love great food and plenty of selection, eat at Mirabelles
  • Laura C.
    Laura CraigJune 23, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    This venue should be on your bucket list. Beautiful.
  • Jason
    JasonSeptember 18, 2014
    Arrive very early to lock down a grass spot. Night time atmosphere is very cool.
  • 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.
  • Dan B.
    Dan BlankAugust 21, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    There is a full bar too. And the tender makes amazing martinis!
  • 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!
  • Tami A.
    Tami AtkinsonJuly 5, 2013
    Arrive early if you want a decent seat on the lawn, ESP if you have a large group!!
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FerrinAugust 30, 2015
    I'd forgotten how much I love this place. Will return in the future.
  • Lina G.
    Lina GonzoAugust 19, 2012
    Park at any of the further parking lots and take the shuttle. This way the parking is free.
  • Matthew N.
    Matthew NorthAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    We're out on the lawn at the Train concert. A guy in the group next to us proposed and she accepted. Congrats.
  • Mark T.
    Mark TurnerJuly 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Such a great place to relax and enjoy a summer night
  • João C.
    João CoelhoNovember 9, 2016
    Great park for family and to listen to great music
  • 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.
  • Sima D.
    Sima Dahl, CSPJune 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Remember no food or beverage is allowed in the pavillion; thre real action is on the lawn! Read more
  • Max H.
    Max HarrisJune 11, 2011
    Get pavilion tickets. Takes the stress away. Or better yet. Fight for lawn seats and leave the pavilion to us.
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MaganucoAugust 5, 2011
    Don't wear stilleto heels if you're sitting on the lawn, remember your wedges!
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher SpauldingAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the Parmigiana Fries at food stand! They are too good!
  • Elise F.
    Elise FrostJuly 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Whether you sit on the lawn or in the pavilion, you must get the cappuccino ice cream!
  • Megan S.
    Megan StocktonJune 14, 2013
    Take your Vespa! Super easy in and out.
  • Ed K.
    Ed KaczmarekJune 23, 2012
    If u have a dog, try Urban Pooch Canine Life Center in Chicago - urbanpooch.com
  • Bob B.
    Bob BrownawellJune 17, 2011
    Try the shart-on-a-stick. A little messy but well worth it!
  • Toni S.
    Toni SpottSeptember 9
    Been here 10+ times
    Seeing Stevie Nicks. Brought my scarfs to dance with! 😃💃🏻
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LintonSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Cut your cheese at home before you arrive to avoid the earthquake table.
  • Jaime N.
    Jaime N.September 9, 2013
    Take the metra! So much better than driving to Ravinia!
  • Pablo C.
    Pablo CDA CigarsAugust 18, 2015
    Don't cut the cheeze b4 u pass the krackers!
  • Scott F.
    Scott FergusonAugust 8, 2010
    If you have lawn seats, lots of spare room to the far left when you come in.
  • @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
  • Chanda D.
    Chanda DunmarsSeptember 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Members get in 30 minutes before the general public....best way to get great lawn spots
  • Aubre
    AubreAugust 8, 2013
    Come for Itzhak Perlman, stay for the cicadas.
  • Katrina O.
    Katrina OlsonAugust 24, 2013
    Awesome place for a birthday party!
  • P. Griffin B.
    P. Griffin BaronAugust 29, 2011
    Come for the snootiness, stay for the... well... snootiness. Read more
  • Will i.
    Will i amSeptember 15, 2014
    Last Call For End Of Summer Concert #FiveForFighting
  • Paul L.
    Paul LaneNovember 15, 2015
    Wonderful space and music!
  • Bradley B.
    Bradley BonicAugust 14, 2014
    Awesome atmosphere, great sound!
  • Jeiran H.
    Jeiran HasanSeptember 18, 2016
    Free student lawn seating- amazing!
  • 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.
  • Sima D.
    Sima Dahl, CSPJune 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    An annual must-do for a fabulous Chicago summer! Read more
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuAugust 20, 2012
    Bring a blanket!! Get some ice cream there
  • Christine G.
    Christine GAugust 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go early get an early in pass. So so worth it
  • Rick L.
    Rick LesserAugust 8, 2014
    Return of The King. This time, Sauron wins!
  • Julia R.
    Julia RedwineJuly 10, 2012
    A must see. 2 hours 45 minutes straight
  • 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
  • Jason H.
    Jason HutchinsonJune 29, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get there early to get a parking spot! Read more
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WillingerAugust 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring your own food. Take the Metra from the city
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BlackAugust 18, 2011
    Get garrett's popcorn here but bring the rest of your food with you!
  • Timothy W.
    Timothy WinslowJuly 6, 2013
    Bring wine! And defend your space!
  • Kate T.
    Kate Turner-KrallitschAugust 25, 2014
    Great Place to have some fun.
  • Lindsey W.
    Lindsey WoodyJuly 19, 2010
    Ravinia always has a great lineup. Bring your own food and drink to party on the lawn!!
  • Lindsey N.
    Lindsey NemcekMay 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Use #lfgrad2012 for the @lfcollege commencement ceremony. Congrats Class of 2012!
  • Kim H.
    Kim HoukAugust 10, 2013
    How ever early you think you want to leave. .. add two to three hours.
  • Will i.
    Will i amAugust 30, 2014
    Toto-Africa. "I miss the rain down in Africa"
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