Tips for Ravinia Pavilion

200 Ravinia Park Road Highland Park IL 60035
4.6 by 1842 members
Ravinia Pavilion 4.601085776330076 out of 5 1842

402 Ravinia Pavilion Tips

  • Casual 4
  • Parking is free 2
  • Shuttle to/from lot 2
  • Take public transit 1
  • Pack a picnic 3
  • Food and drinks for purchase 2
  • Dine before you go 1
8 events
6 reviews
1 stars
Since the concert was at Rivinia, I would make sure what kind of tickets are being purchased. I made the mistake of assuming the tickets were for the lawn and instead it was for inside the Pavilion.
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7 events
2 reviews
4 stars
The weather was chilly. I wore a skirt and flats with a half sleeve cotton shirt. Should have worn jeans and a long sleeve shirt! Many people dressed up in Burton-esque attire. .
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7 events
2 reviews
4 stars
You can purchase food there but can't take it to the assigned seating area. Take some bottled water for yourself as they also won't let you take any beverages purchased there but didn't mind me having a contigo with me.
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7 events
2 reviews
4 stars
Free parking at the Metra station and a short (3 minutes?) walk from there.
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7 events
2 reviews
13 stars
Beautiful picnic park w great sound system. But-- picnic means lots and lots of schlepping! Restaurants are either expensive, have long lines, or awkward/no seating. We either eat before and carry wine in and enjoy it on a bench before show or we eat at restaurant in Highland Oark and carry wine in to enjoy on a bench before show. There are also picnic tables in NECorner if we bring food- then enjoy wine on a bench before the show. No schlepping required to enjoy the lovely place.
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7 events
2 reviews
13 stars
Park has excellent sound system but you can't see stage from lawn. And you can bring food or drink into pavilion. Not a single bad seat in the pavilion. Big stage and 2 huge screens.
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7 events
2 reviews
13 stars
Free parking in public lots in highland park plus free shuttle. 5 min ride. Head for bus during last song to avoid long long line for shuttle but line moves fast and lots of busses.
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2 events
0 reviews
0 stars
Pepper-J Red Velvet
34 events
27 reviews
13 stars
If you go early enough, enjoy the nearby, world reknown Chicago Botanical Gardens about a mile away from Ravinia.
New World Symphony
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Pepper-J Red Velvet
34 events
27 reviews
13 stars
Take the Metra for about $7.00 R/T from downtown Chicago and avoid the traffic.
New World Symphony
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73 events
37 reviews
1 stars
I wore since Ravinia is near the lake, it gets cool at nite -- take a sweater..
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18 events
9 reviews
7 stars
No problem taking the Metra. Easy on and easy off!
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18 events
9 reviews
7 stars
The weather was cooler than I expected for July!. I wore capris.
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8 events
1 review
1 stars
$20 to park on site is worth it if you have lots of picnic supplies to haul in. If not, park in Highland Park and shuttle in for next to nothing.
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5 events
0 reviews
0 stars
Just north of the park with free shuttle...Ravinia charges $20!!
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3 events
1 review
0 stars
Arrive early. Depending on the performer, parking can take up to an hour.
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3 events
1 review
0 stars
Food and drinks available for purchase or you can bring a picnic.
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76 events
7 reviews
286 stars
This is one of our very favorite venues since they allow all food and all drinks.
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76 events
7 reviews
286 stars
We have never driven because the train seems so very simple. I have also read on yelp that there is only one way in and one way out so it can take a long time to leave the venue. It also seems to me that there is alot of imbibing so we just feel safer on the train. We hope to bike next summer!
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