Category: Ravina Festival

Andrew Bird livestream concert benefits Ravinia Festival

Andrew Bird livestream concert benefits Ravinia Festival
Who’s missing Ravinia Festival? Maybe not the traffic or the extra stop on the Metra, but certainly the music, the performers and the alfresco dining. Ravinia is inviting creative types and music lovers to picnic at home tonight (June 28) and enjoy the sounds of Andrew Bird as he streams his “Performance Now! concert live from... Read more »

Breaking news: Ravinia announces its 2020 season canceled due to the Covid pandemic

Breaking news: Ravinia announces its 2020 season canceled due to the Covid pandemic
Sad news out of Highland Park this morning. Ravinia has canceled its entire 2020 season due to the Covid pandemic. The festival which is a rite of summer for thousands has operated continually since its 1904 opening except for 1932–1935, when the park was silenced by the Great Depression. Ravinia made the decision to cancel... Read more »

Ravinia Festival announces 2020 season schedule

Ravinia Festival announces 2020 season schedule
At this point, Ravinia Festival is going full steam ahead with their summer season, hoping that by opening day, May 30, the COVID-19 pandemic will be in the rear view mirror. In that regard the Festival released the following statement: It’s difficult to anticipate what impact the disease may have on our 2020 season, which... Read more »
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Ravinia Festival Post Summer Season: BGH Classics bring music to Ravinia year round

Ravinia Festival Post Summer Season: BGH Classics bring music to Ravinia year round
Economically priced 14-concert series boasts two artist debuts, 29 festival premiere performances, and a tribute to Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday Just as the  Ravinia festival’s summer season is winding down, CEO Welz Kauffman has just announced an extensive lineup of post-summer BGH Classics concerts that will take place October 5 through May 9 in the 450-seat... Read more »

Ravinia Festival: Highlights of the 2019 summer season

Ravinia Festival: Highlights of the 2019 summer season
The sounds of summer will be here before we know it with some of the best sounds coming from the Ravinia Festival that opens on May 31. Overview Visitors can choose from more than 140 events from May 31 through September 15.  More than 70 artists will debut and there will be 50 festival premieres,... Read more »

A sneak peek and guide to Ravinia's new dining pavilion

Ravinia Dining Pavilion. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer
The skies were gray, the winds were blowing but spirits were high at last Thursday’s Hard Hat preview of Ravinia’s new Dining Pavilion. Originally built in 2007, the Pavilion has undergone a major rejuvenation by architect Michael Barnes of Wight & Company with the interior design by Mark Knauer of Knauer Incorporated. The new Dining Pavilion, run by Levy Restaurants... Read more »
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Stevie Nicks wows the crowd at Ravinia Festival

Stevie Nicks wows the crowd at Ravinia Festival
Perhaps the hottest ticket of the summer at Ravinia Festival, Stevie Nicks was on fire last Saturday night. She eased into the evening creating smoke right from the start with her voice strengthening and the energy building as the night progressed. The SOLD OUT show had people clamoring for their piece of lawn sitting so... Read more »

Gladys Knight and Michael Bolton rock Ravinia Festival

Gladys Knight and Michael Bolton rock Ravinia Festival
As the days of summer dwindle down to a precious few there’s no time for the waiting game when it comes to spending an evening at Ravinia Festival. Late summer, early fall may just be the best time to head to the festival. The evenings are crisp, the kids are back in school, the flowers are... Read more »

Make sure to put Ravinia Festival on your summer bucket list

Make sure to put Ravinia Festival on your summer bucket list
Today is August 1st.  Back to school supplies have already replaced patio furniture along with paddle boards in the big box stores–but you still haven’t been to Ravinia? It’s time to get going. Ravinia–the summer playground for Chicago area families in various guises since 1904 when it began life as an amusement park featuring a... Read more »
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Ravinia Festival: Hot list for 2016 season

Ravinia Festival: Hot list for 2016 season
Ravinia Festival, North America’s oldest music festival, just announced its line-up for their 2016 season that features more than 140 events—up from 120 for 2015. The summer season kicks off June 2 and runs through September 11. This year’s concerts run the gamut from Yo-Yo Ma to Train to the 80th anniversary summer residency of The... Read more »