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
  • 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
  • Tue
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 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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  • ShopTRACY B.

    metra is key from city!

    ShopTRACY BURTON · August 23, 2010
  • Chris P.

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

    Chris Powers · August 31, 2009
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lindsey W.

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

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

    Bring your own food. Take the Metra from the city

    Jeff Willinger · August 19, 2010
  • David A.

    Don't order the noodles. Blech.

    David Armano · July 19, 2010
  • 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
  • P. Griffin B.

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

    P. Griffin Baron · August 29, 2011
  • 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
  • @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
  • Robert M.

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

    Robert Murray · August 22, 2013
  • 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 Veed · August 20, 2011
  • Melissa M.

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

    Melissa Maganuco · August 5, 2011
  • Bob B.

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

    Bob Brownawell · June 17, 2011
  • Max H.

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

    Max Harris · June 11, 2011
  • 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
  • Jaime N.

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

    Jaime N. · September 9, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lindsey N.

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

    Lindsey Nemcek · May 12, 2012
  • Chanda D.

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

    Chanda Dunmars · September 2, 2011
  • Nadia M.

    Come early or not at all.

    Nadia Martinez · July 17, 2011
  • 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
  • Sidney I.

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

    Sidney Ishay · September 4, 2010
  • David J.

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

    David Juip · August 29, 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
  • Alex L.

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

    Alex Lucas · June 19, 2010
  • Nicole L.

    No need to bring a thing, they can provide picnics, chairs, and whatever else you might want.

    Nicole Lippman · August 31, 2014
  • Aubre

    Come for Itzhak Perlman, stay for the cicadas.

    Aubre · August 8, 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
  • Brendon H.

    Really cool venue. Definitely bring some chairs and BYOB.

    Brendon Hernandez · July 24, 2013
  • 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
  • Mark T.

    Such a great place to relax and enjoy a summer night

    Mark Turner · July 4, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ed K.

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

    Ed Kaczmarek · June 23, 2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • Silvana F.

    Don't forget to look up at the stars

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

    $20 for parking...ouch!

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

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

    Sima Dahl · June 19, 2011
  • Chris B.

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

    Chris Broyles · June 7, 2011
  • Tyme4 R.

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

    Tyme4 Recess · August 29, 2010
  • Scott F.

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

    Scott Ferguson · August 8, 2010