Enjoy live music under the stars at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. The venue hosts a variety of musical talent, from Dolly Parton and John Legend to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Opened in 1904, Ravinia Festival is the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States. This 36-acre venue presents over 140 different events throughout the summer, according to the park’s web page.
Guests can sit under the covered pavilion or the lawn and bring their own picnics or eat at one of the many dining options at the park. Options for chair and table rentals are also available at the park.
Ravinia Festival’s summer concert series has something for the whole family:
- Kenny Rogers with special guests Nitty Gritty, Dirt Band and Linda Davis, July 24
- Diana Ross making her Ravinia debut, July 27
- Titanic, accompanied by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, July 29
- Train and Andy Grammer, August 26-27
- The Wizard of Oz, accompanied by live orchestra, September 10
- Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, September 10-11
For select concerts, Ravinia provides a large video screen on the lawn so guests are sure to see every angle of the excitement. A complete list of the summer shows coming to Ravinia can be found online.
Ticket prices vary per show, but special pricing and admission is available for children and students. Students and children are admitted free to the lawn for select concerts.
Ravinia Festival is a nonprofit organization whose mission is community outreach and music education. Don’t miss the opportunity to get the family together this summer to enjoy classical music, or kick back and enjoy a movie night! Fall will be here before you know it and they’ll be back to the books. To learn more about Ravinia Festival, visit www.Ravinia.org.