Tips for Ravinia Pavilion

200 Ravinia Park Road Highland Park IL 60035
4.6 by 1991 members
Ravinia Pavilion 4.613410346559517 out of 5 1991

407 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
5 events
2 reviews
0 stars
Take the Metra. There are shuttle buses from station to Ravinia. Dining options are plentiful but Maribel and Parkview require reservations.
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62 events
40 reviews
7 stars
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."
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289 events
81 reviews
30 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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13 events
6 reviews
12 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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13 events
6 reviews
12 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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13 events
6 reviews
12 stars
Free parking at the Metra station and a short (3 minutes?) walk from there.
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8 events
3 reviews
15 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
15 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
15 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
37 events
27 reviews
19 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
37 events
27 reviews
19 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
3 stars
I wore since Ravinia is near the lake, it gets cool at nite -- take a sweater..
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25 events
10 reviews
12 stars
No problem taking the Metra. Easy on and easy off!
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25 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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