Luxury Car Rentals Chicago and the Ravinia Festival
Take your Chicago car rental to the Ravinia Festival! Located in the beautiful Ravina Park, this is where thousands of Chicago's music lovers flock. In its beginnings in 1904, this famous festival was initially an amusement park that eventually turned into a classy outdoor classical music venue. Today, the Ravinia Festival is a series of outdoor concerts that are held every summer from June to September. The music not only features classical favourites but many other types of music! The festival has a 3,200seat, open air pavilion as well as 2 indoor venues for chamber music and smaller concerts. However, the majority of festival goers prefer to just sit at the vast lawn, bring a picnic and enjoy the music with a bunch a friends!
Where Can I See the Performances?
Before taking your Chicago car rental to the famous Ravinia Festival, read up on the following information:
Take your Chicago car rental to the Ravina Festival and visit this 3,200 seat open air covered Pavilion! This structure has been here since the early 1900's and is best known for its Opera in Concert as well as its continued tradition with rare production sof world music.
For a truly historically experience, take your Chicago car rental to the Martin Theatre! This is the only original building at the Ravinia that still remains today. Restored in 1996, this 850 seat recital hall is home to many stunning chamber music and recital programs as well as jazz events. The design of this building allows the you to really get close to the performers so that by the end of the concert you'll feel like you know them!
Bennet Gordon Hall
Take your Chicago car rental to the southern most section of the park and you will find this 450 seat, jewel-like recital hall. Home to the Steans Institute for Young Artists, the Ravinia festival presents rising stars in free performances and master classes right in this beautiful hall.
Perhaps the most memorable place to enjoy a the Ravinia Festival is to sit on the park's expansive lawn! This offers an informal and confortable place to picnic while enjoying the Pavilion and Martin Theatre concerts. The music is broadcasted to the lawn audiene through the festival's state-of-the-art sound system. You can either bring your own picnic in your Chicago car rental, or visit a variety of on-site restaurants and kiosks. Lawn chairs are also available for rent or you can bring your own blanket.
What's there to eat?
As mentioned, there are many on-site restaurants and booths to satisfy every craving. Here are some options to check out:
Here you can an option to create your own gourmet meal and have it ready to pick up upon arrival! Choose from fat iron steaks to a Wolfgang Puck Chinese Chicken Salad.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a variety of desserts such as the Giant Brownie Sundae or the famous Cappuccino Crunch.
Located throughout the park, you will find carts stocked with specialty coffees, beer, wine, and simple food selections.
The Ravinia Festival advises all drivers to look up "200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, IL 60035" on www.mapquest.com for maps and directions.
Free Park 'N Ride shuttle service is available for all evening Pavilion events (except dance) beginning one half-hour before the park opens. On popular concert evenings, it is advisable to drive directly to a Park 'N Ride lot. It is also best to avoid congestion of Lake-Cook Road and exit onto Deerfield, Central or Clavey roads. Proceed to a Park 'N Ride lot. Please allow additional time for parking on popular concert evenings. Call (847) 266-5100 for additional alternate route suggestions.