Fine-tuning the Perfect Ravinia Festival Outing

Shot of a show at Chicago's Ravinia Festival

Summer is right around the corner, and that means the country’s oldest music festival returns to Chicago’s North Shore. The Ravinia Festival packs 140 concerts into three months and features a lineup full of exciting artists. Whether you’re into classical music, jazz, indie rock, pop, R&B, or other genres, you’re bound to find shows that will get you dancing. Here are some tips for planning the perfect Ravinia Festival outing.

Selecting Your Seats

The festival offers traditional concert seating in the open-air covered Pavilion. In this section, you can enjoy a view of the stage and an assigned seat. Keep in mind that no outside food or drinks are permitted inside of the Pavilion. However, you can still picnic on the lawn before the show.

Surrounding the Pavilion is the expansive lawn area, which offers a comfortable, casual setting to enjoy live music under the stars. The lawn is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system, meaning you won’t miss a beat. Most concerts on the schedule will also have video screens so you can still see what’s happening onstage. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket, or you can rent folding chairs and tables at the festival. Spots on the lawn are first come, first served, so make sure you get there early.

Food and Drink

If you don’t have time to pack supplies, the Ravinia Market offers a Picnic Box program that lets you pre-order the perfect picnic. Just place your order 24 hours before a concert, and it’ll be ready when you arrive. The Ravinia Market also sells an assortment of food items, including salads, burgers, and pizzas. In addition to the market, there are FanFare Carts situated throughout the venue that offer a variety of wine, beer, coffee, and soda.

Getting There

Forget the hassle of fighting traffic and finding parking. Let the professionals at Echo Limousine take you to the Ravinia Festival in style. Our fleet of luxury vehicles includes town cars, stretch limos, luxury stretch SUVs, and party buses; so we can accommodate groups of all sizes. Our experienced drivers will make sure you get to the festival safely and on time. To book your ride, call or text us at (773) 774-1074 or make a reservation online.