UBS and Ravinia Team Up for REACH*TEACH*PLAY!

Did you know that Ravinia’s REACH*TEACH*PLAY education programs touch the lives of more than 75,000 people in communities throughout the region? These programs provide music education and live performance opportunities at underserved schools. Ravinia and UBS, its lead sponsor, are teaming up to promote these wonderful programs on selected dates throughout the summer. Look for us before the concert on Sunday, June 12 and find out how to get a free CD. We’ll be located at a tent just outside the Martin Theatre. We hope to see you there!


Sunday in the Park at Ravinia Festival

Bring your group of 15 or more to Ravinia to see the legendary rock group Chicago on August 28 for the perfect "Sunday in the Park" party package, which includes a lawn ticket, food and beverage package, reserved lawn area, and a server for your group. This great package is only $85 per guest! Group catering is great for corporate events, reunions and parties. Contact Hilary Saurer at at 847-266-5406 or at 847-266-5087 to reserve the space now.


WGN Morning News Party at Ravinia!

Enter to win a pair of lawn tickets to see the Go-Go’s and The B-52s on Friday, June 17, through WGN News. Winners will be invited to a reserved lawn spot with the morning news crew from WGN. Levy Restaurants will provide your picnic food with wine provided by the luxury portfolio of Terlato Wines. Rules and restrictions apply. Visit the WGN contest page and click on the Ravinia link to enter.


Kraft Hoopla Kicks Off at Ravinia Festival on June 19

Kraft Foods Foundation is pairing up with some of kids’ favorite partners to launch 2011’s Kraft Great Kids Hoopla. The Hoopla kicks off at Ravinia on Sunday, June 19. Get free lawn admission for the Kraft Great Kids Concert with The Dirty Sock Funtime Band. While admission is free, tickets are still required. Free lawn tickets are limited to six per household. Activities start at 11 a.m. and the concert begins at 1 p.m.

Hoopla events offer families the opportunity to build an Imagination Playground, learn line dancing and yoga, play games and visit an instrument petting zoo at a different venue each month throughout the summer. Each program partner focuses on nutrition education, fitness and literacy, all packaged as creative play at museums and other family venues throughout the Chicago area.


This Week in Tweets: May 30-June 7

Each week this summer we post the top tweets of the week about Ravinia Festival under the heading This Week in Tweets. During the last week we scoured the depths of the twittersphere to bring you the best tweets that mention your favorite outdoor music festival. Log on to Twitter, follow @RaviniaFestival, tweet about us or twitpic your lawn set-up and you might wind up in our blog feature! Featured tweets will win you great prizes all summer long. We’ll contact you to claim your prize if you are featured. Don’t forget to read the contest rules too!

  1. Surprising the gf. Taking her to see the at on June 11.
    26 May via Tap11
  2. my first concert was the vacation tour in '83 , planning to take my daughter to her first show to see them !
    30 May via web
  3. Being retired means summer concerts in Ravinia Park with people transfixed under the stars. I remember my 1st,1967. Van Clyburn was playing.
    31 May via web
  4. My daughter just gave me tickets to the Moody Blues concert on June 11 for my birthday. Love it & lover her!!
    2 Jun via TweetDeck
  5. Hanging out in the line for the booth at
    4 Jun via TweetDeck
  6. friend. ill buy a wallet if you come to the ravinia LOTR CSO event. i wont dress up as frodo.
    7 Jun via TweetDeck


Time Names CSO Concerts Must-Sees Of The Summer

Time magazine has singled out Ravinia Festival’s July 14 and 15 performances of both Brahms piano concertos as must-see events this summer. Christoph von Dohnányi conducts the great Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Emanuel Ax at the piano. Best seats for both shows can be obtained for the combined price of only $100.


Jennifer Hudson is Coming!

While it’s true that Chicago’s Oscar- and Grammy-winning artist had to cancel much of her summer tour, the hometown champ is coming through for Ravinia, performing two dates, July 16 and 17, with special
guest Miguel.


Bell Rings In New Role

Joshua Bell, Musical America's 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year, is the new music director of Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, a title not bestowed since 1958, when the organization was founded by Sir Neville Marriner, now the Academy's Life President. The acclaimed violinist returns to Ravinia July 2 in a concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Summer Festival Orchestra of Indiana University, his alma mater.


Underpass Official Opening June 9

Next week we open the gates to the 2011 season at Ravinia Festival! Tickets are available now to see the Emmy Award©-winning Chicago Children’s Choir on Thursday, June 9. Plus you can join us early to enjoy special events in the park. Festivities start at 5:00 p.m. Be one of the first to walk through the new underpass with Ravinia President/CEO Welz Kauffman in a grand opening celebration. It will be an evening to remember with plenty of family fun!

Win prizes, sample food from Levy Restaurants and enjoy activities for kids before the concert. Kids can enjoy free train rides in the park with our friends from Kohl Children’s Museum. Visit the Kids Club table for coloring activities and free membership sign-up. Spin the prize wheel to win great gifts from Ravinia such as tickets, picnic items, playing cards, T-shirts and more.

Metra will also be on site providing safety tips for the family. Ravinia’s own REACH*TEACH*PLAY will provide an instrument petting zoo along with the Highland Park Strings.

Activities will end at 7:15 p.m. just before the concert. While the activities are free, patrons must purchase a ticket to attend the concert in order to enter the park. For more park information, visit our website



Encourage Your Kids' Love of Music

Kids 12 years old and under are invited to join the Kids Club at Ravinia. It’s free! Kid’s Club members enjoy:

* Welcome Kit for new members
* Kids Club Membership Card
* E-mail updates with special offers and discounts
* Invitations to special family related activities
* Birthday Greeting
* 10% off select merchandise at Ravinia Gifts with membership card
* 10% off any ONE ice cream product per visit at Ravinia Market with membership card
* FREE PIZZA coupon from participating Whole Foods® Market location

Kids (and parents!) can enjoy kid-friendly concerts all summer, including the Dirty Sock Funtime Band and Ralph’s World. Also this summer, young performers appear on our stage, including 11-year-old America’s Got Talent phenomenon Jackie Evancho and the Chicago Children’s Choir.

Get the older kids in the fun too. High school students now get FREE LAWN tickets to see the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts at Ravinia now too. Visit the box office to get your ticket and learn more about our Classical Youth Inititiave program.