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Ravinia Festival is a nonprofit organization that organizes concerts by several musical personalities, such as Pablo Casals, Tony Bennett, Sheryl Crow and Yo-Yo Ma. Operational for more than 100 years, Ravinia Festival is one of the oldest outdoor music festivals in North America. The festival attracts over 600,000 listeners to nearly 150 performers in the classical, jazz and theater music genres. Its 3,200-seat, open-air pavilion is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and hosts a variety of musical productions, concert performances and operas. Ravinia Festival also provides a range of dining in facilities, such as the Park View Restaurant, Mirabelle, Ravinia Lawn Catering, L Caf and FanFare Carts. It offers a music integration program, MUSIC DISCOVERY, for elementary teachers and students of Chicago Public Schools. The Steans Institute for Young Artists is the Ravinia Festival's professional studies program for young musicians. Ravinia Festival is located in Highland Park, Ill.
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Tom Jones at Ravinia

Went to the July 11th Tom Jones Concet at Ravinia. Caught Tom 25 years ago and it was a fabulous show. Took mom to this one as she loves Tom Jones. What a huge disappointment. First of all, the opening band... it was so bad I didn't bother to remember their name but a band playing dixie land music as an opening act to Tom Jones? I am still shuddering from it. Then Tom..what happened? Where was the power, the verve his voice used to carry? He started his set late around 845pm. We couldn't stand it anymore. We were out of the parking lot by 920 pm. Horrible.. beyond horrible. Best time was just people watching, enjoying the venue, landscaping and the weather.



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Very lovely, clean, European style, North Shore, outside theatre. Get there early for best lawn sea

I have been to many many concerts in my life, but the Tom Jones concert at Ravinia last sunday night was the best! It recently was my 86 year old mothers birthday, my 2 sisters birthdays, and my best friends birthday. So as a gift I purchased on line lawn tickets at Ravinia for the Tom Jones concert for July 16th. It was my first time there and was even better than what I had expected. We got there when the gates opened and set up our chairs, food, and drinks but stiil could not see the stage. If we had spent more money on regular seats we could have seen Tom. Instead, we started a major dance party when he came on, pulled out our big bag of undies, and started flinging them through the air! People of all ages joined in all around us! It was amazing! I can't wait to go back!



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Unique Setting For A Variety of Experiences

Ravinia Festival is truly unique, in that you may see concerts in several different venues all on the premises. Wine and beer flow freely on the lawn, although the majority of Ravinia goers appear to consider overly evident mass consumption of alcohol inappropriate. The only negative aspect of Ravinia is the parking situation. If you cannot afford yourself enough time to enter the park a couple hours before the concert begins, you will be hard-pressed to find adequate lawn space for your group of people on sold out nights. The Ravinia parking lot fills quickly, and while there is parking in downtown Highland Park complete with a free shuttle, this adds another 30-60 minutes to the commute precious time when finding lawn space on a busy night. All in all, however, Ravinia is unique and well worth it. I challenge you to find a concert experience like it!



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My pick for a picnic

Spread the blanket, kick off your shoes and uncork the wine. This is a great place to relax, savor the symphony and the summer evening. It can be a bargain, too, if you buy lawn tickets and bring your dinner. Metra's the way to get there.

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Great cheap-date idea

I love packing a picnic and sitting on the lawn at Ravinia. It's such a beautiful venue and the music is unbeatable--from the Chicago Symphony to touring headline acts. The Metra is the best way to get there and it's fairly inexpensive. There's a special round-trip Ravinia fare that makes it even more worthwhile for concertgoers, and you don't have to worry about the hassle of parking. It's a great idea for an inexpensive date if you bring you own food and wine.