The BMO Club is now open to everyone at Ravinia Festival this season! The club accommodates more than 170 guests on the rooftop of Ravinia’s new Experience Center building. In addition to bar seating, there is a drink rail around the perimeter of the new space, which is connected by an observation bridge to Ravinia’s Dining Pavilion–a perfect space overlooking the Ravinia lawn!Read More
Ravinia will be announcing its 2019 season on March 14, with public ticket sales opening across May 7 and 8. Get more information about purchasing your 2019 Ravinia tickets here.Read More
From classical masters to rock legends, there will be plenty to satisfy music lovers of all backgrounds, tastes, and experiences at Ravinia in 2019. As contributors know, there is no better way to enjoy Ravinia than as a donor, and now is the perfect time to renew your gift. In appreciation of this support, donors receive highly sought-after benefits—depending on donation level—that could include priority onsite parking just steps from the Pavilion, season gate passes, the opportunity to purchase tickets before the public, and early entry on concert nights.Read More
The Chicago Tribune has named Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman its Chicagoan of the Year for Classical Music for leading the way in celebrating the centennial of Leonard Bernstein. In the article, Chicago Tribune Music Critic Howard Reich said, “For anyone who values Leonard Bernstein’s towering musical achievements, Ravinia Festival was ground zero this summer. … No one did more to make all of this come together than Welz Kauffman.”Read More
With the recent soaring temperatures, we want you to remain safe while enjoying the nature of our outdoor venue. On sweltering days, Ravinia provides a cooling station in the Santa Fe Tent where lawn guests can relax. Patrons are also encouraged to escape the heat in our climate-controlled Lawn Bar. Learn more about heat safety here.
- Drink plenty of water and other fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to rehydrate.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated drinks. These can lead to dehydration and increase the effects of heat illness.
- Wear sunscreen. Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated.
Where can I grab a burger? What Ravinia swag can I buy at The Festival Shop? And where is the bathroom!? For all these answers and more, look no further than our Hospitality Hosts, easily identifiable by their red “Ask me about Ravinia” aprons.
But if we’ve piqued your interest already, here are the answers to those questions:
1. Hit up 847 Burger in the market for our signature 8.47-ounce, 100% Angus beef chuck burger, cooked to perfection and topped with hand-sliced smoked brisket, melted cheddar, Texas sweet BBQ sauce, and fried pickles.
2. Sweatshirts and blankets, light-up hats, picnic gear galore and more!
3. There are four buildings with bathrooms along the perimeter of the park.
Even more exciting, Chef Tsonton will do this all with some brand-new concepts within the rejuvenated Dining Pavilion. On the ground floor, the new Lawn Bar and its two full bars will also serve small plates and entrées, and the Ravinia Market will feature five hot stations with different cuisines, as well as grab-and-go food and drinks. And the second floor is now home to both reservation-driven restaurants: the new Tree Top and its outdoor, covered Porch will offer a micro-seasonal prix-fixe menu in serve-yourself style, and the popular Park View will feature a refreshed menu. Ravinia Magazine spoke with Chef Tsonton about the new spaces, what makes him excited and his approach to seasonal cooking.
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of its original Broadway staging, Leonard Bernstein’s omni-theatrical masterpiece West Side Story came to life at Ravinia in a version devised especially for the occasion by the North Carolina School of the Arts. The school’s chancellor, John Maucieri, was an assistant to Bernstein for 18 years, and he was on hand as
Have your account ready: Ravinia puts more than 140 summer concerts on sale, beginning at 5 a.m. on May 9. Those who do not already have a myRavinia account are advised to create an account before this date. Ravinia also advises patrons to verify their personal information, including mailing address and phone number, once they log on.
On March 15, Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman announced the not-for-profit festival’s complete 2017 summer lineup—more than 140 events from June 3 through Sept. 17—including the 82nd annual residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as visits by the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela with conductor Gustavo Dudamel in his Ravinia debut. In addition to Dudamel, 58 artists make their Ravinia debuts, including Stevie Nicks, John Mellencamp, Pentatonix, Common, Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., and Ryan Speedo Green. Tickets are available to donors beginning March 22 and go on sale to the general public on May 9, exclusively at Ravinia.org. See the complete 2017 lineup at Ravinia.org.
August at Ravinia has seen a number of high-profile artists and happenings which our fantastic audience graciously documented through social media. Below are some of our favorite moments from the end of Ravinia's 2016 season.
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.
The past few weeks have been marked by some terrific performances here at Ravinia! On our lawn, we’ve seen some impressive picnic spreads, great 4th of July themed parties, life celebrations, plenty of Cornell-heads, Durannies, and so many more! We also welcomed the Chicago Symphony Orchestra back as part of its 80th summer residency anniversary. In Part 2 of our “Season So Far” blog series, we’ll show you a sampling of what’s been happening in our gorgeous park this month.
With over 140 concerts across three and a half months, it’s not easy to catch everything that goes on at Ravinia. The month of June has practically flown by, so we’ve curated some of the most notable posts, tweets, and photos showcasing what the 2016 season has been like so far.
While perusing an Ravinia program book from 1976, we came across this advertisement for Northern Trust Bank, which includes a number of interesting facts about the festival. The still life in the center is also a nice touch.
Ravinia unveiled its latest work of art on Saturday, the aquatic sculpture Chorus, created by WET, Inc. Nestled into the festival’s grand entrance, the fountain and light show, which can be programmed to music, makes for a thrilling reveal when patrons emerge from the train underpass while walking to the festival’s main gate.
Have your account ready: Ravinia puts more than 100 summer concerts on sale, beginning at 5 a.m. on April 26. Those who do not already have a myRavinia account are advised to create an account. Ravinia also advises patrons to verify their personal information, including mailing address and phone number, once they log on.
Carlos Santana once told Welz Kauffman that he’d never play Ravinia. Nothing personal, he said, just that “my audience won’t come.”
The year was 2000, and Kauffman had just taken the reins at the legendary Highland Park music festival with a vision to build on the historic venue’s proud legacy of presenting a wide variety of great concerts.
“From the beginning Ravinia presented a mix of classical concerts and the cutting-edge acts of the time, whether it was Benny Goodman introducing a mixed-race band in the 1940s to Janis Joplin and Frank Zappa in the 1970s,” Kauffman said. “But as the classical programming continued to feature the brightest talents in the world, for about 30 years, we lost our way a bit on the nonclassical side, allowing it to get pretty dusty.”
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.