408 Ravinia Pavilion Tips
- Casual 4
- Take public transit 2
- Parking is free 2
- Shuttle to/from lot 2
- Pack a picnic 3
- Food and drinks for purchase 2
- Dine before you go 1
Parking was $25 cash and near the entrance. Only disappoint was I did not know you couldn't bring food or drinks into the pavilion area. I do not think it was clear on the website. We threw out our water bottles since it was $10 to by a Ravinia cup that you had to pour the beverage into prior to entering the pavilion. The website said you could picnic on the lawn but nothing about no beverages or left over food. It was strictly enforced.
Take the Metra. There are shuttle buses from station to Ravinia. Dining options are plentiful but Maribel and Parkview require reservations.
I made the mistake of getting a prepared Greek salad from the Ravinia Market. This "Greek" salad had a total of 2 olives, and about a teaspoon of tiny feta cheese crumbles. It had no peppers. But it had gobs of chickpeas - a cup of them. The offerings at the Market are overpriced in the first place, compared to what you can get from, say, Mariano's, but the salad itself was not worth half the price. When I told the manager, his reaction was "I'll tell the staff" and "is there anything else we can do for you?" Well, the answer to that second question is "no, not now or ever."
Eat in the Park View Restaurant; make a reservation if you're going for an evening concert.
Or, add your own...
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.
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. .
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.
Free parking at the Metra station and a short (3 minutes?) walk from there.
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.
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.
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.
If you go early enough, enjoy the nearby, world reknown Chicago Botanical Gardens about a mile away from Ravinia.
New World Symphony
Take the Metra for about $7.00 R/T from downtown Chicago and avoid the traffic.
New World Symphony
I wore since Ravinia is near the lake, it gets cool at nite -- take a sweater..
The weather was cooler than I expected for July!. I wore capris.