Promos / Events

Lucky Maya Lily Lubelfeld has free Ravinia Festival pass for life

Young Maya Lily Lubelfeld of Deerfield will be going to the Ravinia Festival for decades—totally for free. Thanks to being the first local baby born on Aug. 15, 2004—the date Ravinia celebrated the centennial of its 1904 founding—Maya received quite the special baby present.

The day she was born, conductor James Conlon visited Maya and her mother that morning at Rush North Shore Skokie to award the infant the one-and-only lifetime lawn pass ever issued at Ravinia.

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Ravinia Makes It Rain Social Contests All April

April showers bring May flowers, so Ravinia’s going to “make it rain” all month long! Share this video link on Facebook, retweet this tweet on Twitter, or like this post on Instagram ‪between today and April 26 to be entered to win a 2016 Season Lawn Pass for two! The grand-prize winner will be announced ‪on April 28 in the Ravinia newsletter and also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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CEO Welz Kauffman Goes Where No Man Has Gone Before

Every Monday morning, Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman boldly goes to the WGN TV studios for the on-air “Ravinia Minute” with announcer Mike Toomey. He previews the events Ravinia offers in the coming week. This week, his delivery was "Spock on” as he got into character to discus the Aug. 16 presentation of J.J. Abrams’s 2009 Star Trek, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing the score live. See what it takes for an Earthbound CEO to beam up to the Enterprise.

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Dean Richards and Bill Zwecker Talk Movie Music at July Concert

Dean Richards and Bill Zwecker

Entertainment journalists Dean Richards of WGN TV and Radio and Bill Zwecker of Fox News and the Chicago Sun-Times have seen it all—and heard it all, too. They’ll share their insights and experiences at a special discussion before the July 14 performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra of Danny Elfman’s music from the films of Tim Burton. This unique discussion with two of the most famous faces in Chicago is free and open to ticketholders of the evening’s concert. Topics will include the

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Ravinia Presents Encore Screening Of Oscar-winning The Lady In Number 6

Ravinia will present an encore screening of this year’s Oscar winner for Best Documentary Short Subject, The Lady in Number 6, in Bennett Gordon Hall with free general admission to ticket holders for the Monday, Aug. 25, performance by Pedja Muzijevic featuring Chopin’s complete Op. 28 preludes. The film tells the riveting, true story of the world’s oldest pianist, who also happened to be the world’s oldest concentration camp survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer. Chopin was a particular favorite of the 101-year-old, who died just one week before the film won the Oscar. The 38 minute film begins at 4:45 p.m. with the concert starting at 6:00 p.m.

Get Approved to Foster PAWS Pet and Win Free Billy Corgan Tickets

Billy Corgan is taking a break from recording two new Smashing Pumpkins albums, due out in 2015, to perform at Ravinia, in his hometown of Highland Park, for the first time on Aug. 30, and anyone who gets approved to foster a pet through PAWS between now and Aug. 27 will receive a free pair of Pavilion tickets to Corgan’s performance. Fostering a pet usually requires just a few weeks of love and care for a sick or abused animal until it is ready to find a permanent place to live. Applications can be filled out online. PAWS will also have a booth set up at Ravinia’s main gate on the day of Corgan’s concert. Guests are encouraged to register here to find out more about PAWS and how they can help.

Last Chance to Win Cash for Your School by Attending Ravinia's CSO Concerts for Free

The 2014 Chicago Symphony Orchestra residency is winding down. That means there are only a handful of opportunities left to give your high school a chance to win cash for its music program. All high-school students are admitted free to the lawn for CSO concerts, but those students should sign in at the box office before entering the park to earn a point for their school. The school with the most points at the end of the season will win $5,000, awarded by the Ravinia Associates Board.

For the first time in years, Highland Park High School is pressing its hometown advantage—here are the standings—but students can turn the tides by attending Don Giovanni on Aug. 14 and Aug. 16 or The Marriage of Figaro on Aug. 15 and Aug. 17.

Scientific Chef Bowman Transforms Ravinia With A Middle-Earth Menu

Celebrated Chicago chef Thomas Bowman, of iNG, Baume and Brix and the recent WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot (WTF) event, returns to Ravinia as guest chef. Known for his attention to detail and scientific balancing of sweet and savory, Bowman will transform Ravinia into a Middle-earth feast fit for any hobbit or wizard when Ravinia presents the final installment of the Lord of the Rings series with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing the live score along with the film Return of the King on Aug. 7 and Aug. 8. For dining reservations, call 847-432-7550.

American Idol Phillip Phillips Joins Food Network in Concert at Ravinia

Phillip Phillips, the winner of American Idol season 11, has been added to the roster of music talent for Food Network in Concert at Ravinia on Sept. 20. Having recently released his sophomore album, Behind the Light,Phillips joins headliner John Mayer, DJ Alexandra Richards, Twin Forks(with Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba), jazz musician Raul Midón, indie rock band California Wives, and guitarist/singer Zane Carneyand others for the daylong festival of food and music, featuring some of the best music and culinary talent. Ticket prices for admission to the event include: Lawn Only ($99), Lawn plus Greatest Hits venue-wide tasting event ($199), Pavilion 2 plus Greatest Hits ($249), and Pavilion 1 (premium seating) plus Greatest Hits ($299). Attendees will also have the opportunity to experience exclusive lunch and dinner events hosted by Food Network stars Sunny Anderson, Anne Burrell, Jose Garces, Alex Guarnaschelli,Jeff Mauro, Marc Murphy and Geoffrey Zakarian. These special add-on experiences will feature some of the best BBQ, craft beers, cocktails, wines, sandwiches, desserts and more. Prices vary from $85 and $125 per culinary event, and can be purchased with new tickets or added to previously purchased ones.

Get Return of the King Tickets For a Chance to Win Unique Solid-Gold Ring

Anyone who purchases a Pavilion or lawn ticket to either the Aug. 7 or Aug. 8 performance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing the score to The Lord of the Rings—The Return of the King while the film is shown will be automatically entered to win this summer’s most precious prize. It’s a one-of-a-kind, 18-karat gold ring inscribed with a special message in Tolkien’s “Black Speech.” The winner will be chosen by random drawing and need not be present to win.

Win Cash For Your High School Music Program

Not only do children and students through college receive free lawn admission to every classical concert at Ravinia, but high-school students could actually win cash for their school’s music program. Each time a student attends a CSO performance at the festival, his or her school earns a point. At the end of the season the school with the most points will receive a check for its music programs from the Ravinia Associates Board. Double points will be awarded at the Tchaikovsky Spectacular on July 27, when Ravinia’s student marketing team will host a free preconcert hangout with food and refreshment for all high-school students. Remember to check in at the box office to get your points.

Let the #SocialUpgrade Begin


It's that time again! We have launched the first handful of a number of ticket giveaway contests coming this summer on our social media channels. Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more chances to win shows to performances all season long. Contests we have running right now include:

John Legend: Tell us why you should win a pair of tickets to John Legend on June 16! Ends Friday June 13.

A Prairie Home Companion: Retweet to win tickets to a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor! End Monday June 16.

OneRepublic: Show us why you’re OneRepublic’s biggest fan and we’ll show you the good life! Use Instagram and post a photo using hashtag #GoodLifeRavinia, then submit your entry on our Facebook page. End Friday June 13.

Engagement Contest: If you got engaged to be married at Ravinia, you’re not alone (hopefully). We want to know about it!

Keep an eye on the blog for summaries like this throughout the summer! Looking forward to making sometimes day, one pair of tickets at a time.

One Day Only, May 17, Save 20% On All Classical Shows

Before the first concert even occurs this summer, Ravinia offers 20 percent off its entire classical lineup this Saturday, May 17, which has been designated “Classical Appreciation Day.” For the first time these discounts will be available online from midnight to midnight on May 17, but customers can also seek assistance from professional box office staff in person from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ravinia. Lawn and reserved-seat tickets to the Pavilion, Martin Theatre or Bennett Gordon Hall will be offered at the discounted price. Ravinia Gifts will offer in-store and online discounts of up to 50 percent.

            This special offer means a ticket to experience the great Chicago Symphony Orchestra can be obtained for just $8. With children and students already admitted free to the lawn for all classical events, this is the perfect opportunity for a family outing to introduce youngsters to symphonic music. Highlights include the CSO performing the scores to two different films live as they are projected on video screens in the Pavilion and on the lawn, West Side Story on July 17 and July 18 and The Lord of the Rings—The Return of the King on Aug. 7 and Aug. 8; superstar soprano Patricia Racette starring for the first time in the title role of Salome on Aug. 2; andSir James Galway giving the American premiere of a new work for flute by the Riverdance composer on July 8Check out the entire classical lineupthat will be discounted.
            Please note that this discount cannot be applied to nonclassical concerts and cannot be combined with other special pricing offers including Lawncierge, Ravinia Wine Club, donor discounts, Associates events, dining packages, punch passes or gift certificates.

Our Wine Club Samples Some New Tastes With Vintage Music

Ravinia teams with Terlato Wines for four formal wine tastings this summer, featuring handcrafted wines from the Terlato portfolio, prior to Sunday Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts. The tastings begin at 3:30 p.m. and concerts begin at 5 p.m. Check out with promo code DINING to receive the complete Ravinia Wine Club package for $40 with lawn ticket and $85 with Pavilion ticket for the following events: Deborah Voigt in an evening of Broadway hits on July 13; a salute to the dynamic duo behind GigiCamelot and My Fair Lady in “An Evening of Lerner and Loewe” on July 20; the annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular, featuring roaring cannons and pianist Denis Matsuev onJuly 27; and a night of waltzes and whimsy on an all-Viennese program on Aug. 10.

Did You Get Engaged At Ravinia? We Want To Hear About It!

If you got engaged to be married at Ravinia, you’re not alone (hopefully). We want all the couples who got engaged at Ravinia to “Come Together” for the world’s largest engagement photo to be taken Saturday,Sept. 13, when Classic Albums Live performs the iconic Beatles album, Abbey Road. If you got engaged at Ravinia, tell us how it went down (the public version, please) in an e-mail to (include an engagement photo if you can). Photos and anecdotes may be printed in Ravinia’s blog and magazine. Once verified, we will send you a complimentary pair of tickets to the Abbey Roadconcert and instructions for participating in the photo. Contest is open to couples only.

May 17 Is Classical Appreciation Day! Save 20% On Tickets At


Key to the not-for-profit Ravinia Festival’s mission is presenting classical music concerts at attractive prices. On top of these already low prices, once a year we offer both lawn tickets and reserved seats to the Pavilion, Martin Theatre and Bennett Gordon Hall events at 20 percent off. This year we make it even easier by extending the offer to our online customers. From midnight to midnight on Saturday, May 17, any and all concerts featuring classical music or artists—those detailed on the classical side of our annual brochure—will be discounted by 20 percent.

Customers may also receive this discount in person from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ravinia’s Box Office, where experienced staff can help them place orders. Ravinia Gifts will also be open on May 17, offering discounts of up to 50 percent along with surprise specials throughout the day. Please note that there will not be a vendor fair or live entertainment at Ravinia on May 17, as there had been in the past. The 20 percent discount cannot be combined with other offers (there are no discounts on dining packages, wine clubs, Associates events, punch passes or gift certificates) and does not apply to nonclassical concerts.


Print-At-Home Tickets Make Perfect Just-In-Time Mother's Day Presents

Mothers can be notoriously silent about what they “want” as a gift for any special occasion, often bypassing the question with such answers as “I just want my family to be happy.” With Mother’s Day coming this Sunday, one way to make the whole family happy—and without a trip to the mall—is to give Mom the gift of summer with tickets to one of Ravinia’s 2014 concerts. The print-at-home method is the default ticketing option, allowing you to slip Mom’s favorite entertainers into a card. Of course Mom’s taste can run anywhere from a picnic at ZZ Top/Jeff Beck on Aug. 28 to Pavilion seats for an evening of love songs from Lerner & Loewe’s best Broadway shows performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on July 20—so gift certificates are also available.

Celebrity Chefs As Big As Music Stars At Food Network In Concert At Ravinia

A lot of buzz has been generated by John Mayer’s Ravinia debut headlining the Sept. 20 exclusive event Food Network in Concert at Ravinia, but the daylong festival of food and music promises an array of celebrity chefs with an equally audience-pleasing cache.

Guests will have the opportunity to experience a variety of unique food offerings throughout the day through an array of ticket packages. The Greatest Hits—a venue-wide, walk-around food and wine tasting—will feature samplings of “greatest hits” from 50 chefs and 100+ wineries, while other available culinary experiences will include the BBQ-themed Country CookoutFarm to Turntable, featuring locally sourced, farm-fresh dishes; Breakfast Club, presenting favorite brunch foods with a creative twist; HOT HOT HOT!where guests can indulge in the spiciest of dishes from around the world; and I Want Candy, a dessert-themed tasting hosted by Food Network star Anne Burrell and featuring 15 pastry chefs from around the country.

Other popular Food Network celebrities on hand will include Alex GuarnaschelliJose GarcesJeff MauroMarc MurphyGeoffrey Zakarian and Sunny Anderson. Detailed information and ticket packages are available at

Meet Ravinia With The Mix, The Drive and Chicago's 100.3 at Ogilvie

Recalling Ravinia's origin as a train station 110 years ago, and to celebrate the start of season sales, a team from Ravinia will greet commuters during the morning and afternoon rush on Thursday, April 24, along with radio partners from The Mix (WTMX), The Drive (WDRV) and Chicago's 100.3 (WILV). They'll be handing out scratch cards and a variety of prizes, as well as season schedules and Ravinia Magazine.