Tips for Ravinia Pavilion

200 Ravinia Park Road Highland Park IL 60035
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Ravinia Pavilion 4.608791208791208 out of 5 1911

404 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
282 events
80 reviews
27 stars
Eat in the Park View Restaurant; make a reservation if you're going for an evening concert.
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11 events
9 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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12 events
6 reviews
11 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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12 events
6 reviews
11 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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12 events
6 reviews
11 stars
Free parking at the Metra station and a short (3 minutes?) walk from there.
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8 events
3 reviews
14 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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8 events
3 reviews
14 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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8 events
3 reviews
14 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
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34 events
27 reviews
16 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
16 stars
Take the Metra for about $7.00 R/T from downtown Chicago and avoid the traffic.
New World Symphony
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88 events
38 reviews
2 stars
I wore since Ravinia is near the lake, it gets cool at nite -- take a sweater..
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23 events
10 reviews
12 stars
No problem taking the Metra. Easy on and easy off!
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23 events
10 reviews
12 stars
The weather was cooler than I expected for July!. I wore capris.
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8 events
1 review
3 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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9 events
1 review
1 stars
Just north of the park with free shuttle...Ravinia charges $20!!
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4 events
1 review
1 stars
Arrive early. Depending on the performer, parking can take up to an hour.
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4 events
1 review
1 stars
Food and drinks available for purchase or you can bring a picnic.
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