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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.
  • 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
  • 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 .
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 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
  • Ronni G.
    Ronni GraffJuly 1, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Free Steans Music Institute concerts are wonderful. Sign up for Ravinia's email so you don't miss out!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FlossAugust 10, 2015
    Great performance last evening! Ravinia is an awesome place to enjoy a summer evening!
  • Cori M.
    Cori MolnauAugust 8, 2014
    Lord of the Rings! Return of the king! I'm in heaven! This is my view!
  • 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!
  • Kirb T.
    Kirb TorresSeptember 2, 2016
    Everything is great here. You're just at the whim of the weather.
  • Joe S.
    Joe SykeAugust 13, 2014
    Get here right when the gates open if you want a good spot on the lawn.
  • Carol M.
    Carol MarrSeptember 11, 2014
    Get there really really really early and bring a game to play while you wait
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Ivon Omar F.
    Ivon Omar FigueroaAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The coolest place to hear live music while having a Picnic.
  • Jason
    JasonSeptember 18, 2014
    Arrive very early to lock down a grass spot. Night time atmosphere is very cool.
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