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Ravinia Park

  • 200 Ravinia Rd. Map It
  • Highland Park
  • Park/Playground

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If you enjoy music under the stars, the outdoor concerts at Ravinia are a stellar treat. The Ravinia Festival, a summerlong series of performances, is the hot-months' home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, but the festival also features popular jazz, chamber music, rock, pop, and dance acts. Pack a picnic (don't skimp, concertgoers do it up right with everything from fine china to candelabras), bring a blanket or chairs, and sit on the lawn for little more than the cost of a movie ($10 to $38). Large screens are placed on the lawn at some concerts so you won't miss anything. Seats are also available in the pavilion for a significantly higher price ($25 to $115). There are restaurants and snack bars on the park grounds, so if you forget your goodies you still won't go hungry. Concerts usually start at 7:30 or 8 pm; the park usually opens three to four hours ahead to let everyone score spots and get settled. Weekend-morning concerts are aimed at kids. They feature a "KidsLawn" before or after the concert with an interactive music experience, an "instrument petting zoo," and occasional live performances.

During the winter, check out the BGH Classics series; tickets for these indoor concerts at Bennett Gordon Hall cost only $10.

Sight Information


200 Ravinia Rd., Highland Park, Illinois, 60035, USA

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847-266–5100-box office ; 847-266–5000-administration


Sight Details:

  • Outdoor concerts June–early Sept.


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