The 2016 Season So Far: Through Social Media (Pt. 4)

The month of August at Ravinia saw a number of high-profile artists and happenings that our fantastic audience graciously documented through social media. Below are some of our favorite moments from the second half of Ravinia’s 2016 season.

Savvy Ravinia visitors who took the Metra (the Union Pacific North Line stops right at our main gate!) were among the lucky few to experience Ravinia-inspired sing-alongs during the commute. Not to be outdone by Dolly Parton fans singing “9 to 5,” Lauryn Hill concertgoers gave a rousing rendition of “Killing Me Softly.”

Best Metra ride. Everyone was singing 9 to 5. #dollyparton #publictransitshouldalwaysbelikethis #ravinia

A video posted by Heather S. (@wildflowerfever) on Aug 7, 2016 at 9:59pm PDT

On the way home from #LaurynHill, the train sings all the songs LH didn't. #Ravinia #chicago #summer

A video posted by Kristy Eriksen (@kristyeriksen) on Sep 1, 2016 at 8:39pm PDT

We knew the Dolly Parton concert would be huge, but nothing prepared us for the immense passion and loyalty that her fans brought to our park.

Smallest drag queen, biggest fan! @dollyparton #pureandsimple #ravinia

A photo posted by Laura (@sowers32) on Aug 7, 2016 at 6:13pm PDT

#omfg #ravinia #instagay #dollyparton #forpresident2016

A photo posted by b (@whiskey_tearz) on Aug 8, 2016 at 5:12am PDT

'Twas a magical evening with #dollyparton and #cake at #ravinia

A photo posted by Kensington (@kensington.h) on Aug 8, 2016 at 11:52am PDT

#ravinia #dollyparton

A photo posted by Carrie Dunmeade (@carriebear70) on Aug 7, 2016 at 4:43pm PDT

The Ms. Lauryn Hill concert was one of the most anticipated dates on our calendar, and she put on an incredible show. A self-proclaimed “biggest fan” was lucky enough to meet her backstage after the concert.

Ms. Lauryn Hill brought "That Thing" to our Pavilion!

A photo posted by Ravinia Festival (@raviniafestival) on Sep 1, 2016 at 8:42pm PDT


A photo posted by Marc Anthony (@misformarc) on Sep 1, 2016 at 11:49pm PDT

Train and Andy Grammer put on fantastic sets during their back-to-back concerts and brought along some surprises as well. We couldn’t get enough of Andy Grammer posing with some furry companions care of Orphans of the Storm, which brought adoptable animals to the festival.

#train #savemesanfrancisco #ravinia #feellikeakidagain

A video posted by Talia G (@amusedtali) on Aug 28, 2016 at 5:58am PDT

When Pat Monahan comes down into the crowd and ends up in the row behind you #train #ravinia #summer2016

A photo posted by Lisa Danhouser (@zumbalisa) on Aug 26, 2016 at 7:06pm PDT

@andygrammer took the time to meet his furrier fans from @orphansofthestorm Animal Shelter on Saturday before his set!

A photo posted by Ravinia Festival (@raviniafestival) on Aug 29, 2016 at 9:32am PDT

Whether you were taking it in from the Pavilion or the lawn, Ravinia’s annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular made for an explosive conclusion to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’ 80th anniversary residency.

@chicagosymphony's performance of Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture was on fire! 🔥💣

A video posted by Ravinia Festival (@raviniafestival) on Aug 22, 2016 at 11:27am PDT

#1812overture #Livecannonfire #tchaikovsky #ravinia #yesthisishowwegoddamndoclassicalmusic

A video posted by Chris (@eenfidel) on Aug 21, 2016 at 5:07pm PDT

One trend we saw (and definitely encourage) is fans keeping their nights bright and beautiful.

#ravinia #glowstickparty #oar

A photo posted by Caroline (@sfchicagoan) on Sep 4, 2016 at 5:30pm PDT

Last one (I think) #ravinia #train

A photo posted by Deb Moran (@dmoranphotog) on Aug 27, 2016 at 6:02pm PDT

We loved how these Seal concertgoers brought their own Instagram-style photo frame and this coincidental family outing at the Jeff Beck / Buddy Guy concert.

Peak #northshore is finding out your parents are also at Ravinia while you're at #Ravinia.

A photo posted by Jamie Carlstone (@jdcarlstone) on Jul 31, 2016 at 5:17pm PDT