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
    • 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–Wed
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 4:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 4:00 PM–10:00 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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    lexi h.
    "lawn tickets for a show"(4 Tips)
    "Pack a meal, wine & blanket and ride the Metra right up to the door!"(5 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
  • lawn tickets
  • picnics
  • wine
  • metra
  • lawn seats
  • good for dates
  • martinis
  • carrot cake
  • board games
  • buffet
  • dancing
  • ice cream
  • casual
  • outdoor seating
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    This Is A Very Special Place. I Love It. I've Been Coming Here For Years.

    MEREDITH POLLOCK · 21 hours ago
  • 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 · 6 days ago
  • Daniel C.

    Steely Dan

    Daniel Cieslik · 1 week ago
  • Sam F.

    Music of Danny Elfman concert.

    Sam Fernandez · 2 weeks ago
  • Sam F.

    Music of Danny Elfman concert.

    Sam Fernandez · 2 weeks ago
  • 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
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    Gulsun Pilicer · July 2
  • Amanda H.

    There are reentry privileges so don't feel like you have to bring everything in on one trip.

    Amanda Her · October 4, 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
  • Elaine H.

    Food and wine and foodnetwork stars

    Elaine Hardeman · September 20, 2014
  • Jason G.

    Arrive very early to lock down a grass spot. Night time atmosphere is very cool.

    Jason Gross · September 18, 2014
  • Will i.

    Last Call For End Of Summer Concert #FiveForFighting

    Will i am · September 15, 2014
  • Carol M.

    Get there really really really early and bring a game to play while you wait

    Carol Marr · September 11, 2014
  • 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
  • Nicole L.

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

    Nicole Lippman · August 31, 2014
  • J.R. O.

    Toto & Michael McDonald. For you kids that's not a dog or the burger guy.

    J.R. Olivero · August 30, 2014
  • Will i.

    Toto-Africa. "I miss the rain down in Africa"

    Will i am · August 30, 2014
  • Kate T.

    Great Place to have some fun.

    Kate Turner-Krallitsch · August 25, 2014
  • Matthew N.

    We're out on the lawn at the Train concert. A guy in the group next to us proposed and she accepted. Congrats.

    Matthew North · August 24, 2014
  • 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
  • Will i.

    No More ER mock codes. Time to Unwind.

    Will i am · August 23, 2014
  • Helaine K.

    Kosher dogs

    Helaine Katz-Ratskoff · August 19, 2014
  • Lisa J.

    Tony Bennett!

    Lisa Jordan · August 16, 2014
  • Bradley B.

    Awesome atmosphere, great sound!

    Bradley Bonic · August 14, 2014
  • Joe S.

    Get here right when the gates open if you want a good spot on the lawn.

    Joe Syke · August 13, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rick L.

    Return of The King. This time, Sauron wins!

    Rick Lesser · August 8, 2014
  • Cori M.

    Lord of the Rings! Return of the king! I'm in heaven! This is my view!

    Cori Molnau · August 8, 2014
  • Bonnie J.

    Lord of the Rings

    Bonnie J · August 8, 2014
  • 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
  • Ivon Omar F.

    The coolest place to hear live music while having a Picnic.

    Ivon Omar Figueroa · August 6, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jaime N.

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

    Jaime N. · September 9, 2013
  • 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
  • Cathy P.

    Get here VERY early!!

    Cathy Pitzaferro · August 24, 2013
  • Katrina O.

    Awesome place for a birthday party!

    Katrina Olson · August 24, 2013
  • Robert M.

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

    Robert Murray · August 22, 2013
  • Kim H.

    How ever early you think you want to leave. .. add two to three hours.

    Kim Houk · August 10, 2013
  • Aubre

    Come for Itzhak Perlman, stay for the cicadas.

    Aubre · August 8, 2013
  • Christine G.

    Go early get an early in pass. So so worth it

    Christine G · August 5, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Anita H.

    Eat at Mirabelle.

    Anita Hagins · July 26, 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