Tips for Ravinia Pavilion

200 Ravinia Park Road Highland Park IL 60035
4.6 by 1626 members
Ravinia Pavilion 4.575338253382533 out of 5 1626

393 Ravinia Pavilion Tips

  • Casual 3
  • Shuttle to/from lot 2
  • Parking is expensive 1
  • Parking is free 1
  • Pack a picnic 3
  • Dine before you go 1
  • Food and drinks for purchase 1
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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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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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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Pepper-J Red Velvet
If you go early enough, enjoy the nearby, world reknown Chicago Botanical Gardens about a mile away from Ravinia.
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Pepper-J Red Velvet
Take the Metra for about $7.00 R/T from downtown Chicago and avoid the traffic.
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I wore since Ravinia is near the lake, it gets cool at nite -- take a sweater..
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No problem taking the Metra. Easy on and easy off!
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The weather was cooler than I expected for July!. I wore capris.
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$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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Just north of the park with free shuttle...Ravinia charges $20!!
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Arrive early. Depending on the performer, parking can take up to an hour.
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Food and drinks available for purchase or you can bring a picnic.
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This is one of our very favorite venues since they allow all food and all drinks.
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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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The weather was sunny with a chance of rain. . I wore jeans but we had our rain gear handy:).
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Food & drinks for purchase are very expensive.
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When going to Ravinia, check to see if they have multiple events on the same night in different venues there. If they do, get there extra early if you want to get decent parking.
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The weather was sunny, windy, etc.. I wore a sweater, flip-flops, etc..
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