Soak Up the End of Summer at the Ravinia Festival

a concert in a park

Take advantage of what summer has left to offer by getting out and exploring this nearby gem of the North Shore:

Ravinia Festival

One of the not so hidden secret gems of the North Shore area is the Ravinia Festival located a quick trip south from Lake Forest in Highland Park, IL. The Ravinia Festival started in 1904 as the nation’s oldest outdoor music festival, putting on live shows from June through September. Its current location is easily accessed by the UP-N Metra Train as it drops you off right at the venue, located at the Ravinia Park stop. That’s just three stops south of the Lake Forest Metra train station. The Ravinia Festival provides ample parking for visitors who are arriving by automobile.

Classical Music

The Ravinia Festival is noted for the wide selection of wonderful classical music on its schedule. Here is a small sample of some of the classical acts you could enjoy:

  • Dvorak by Alisa Weilerstein
  • Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overtures
  • Perlman Plays Bruch

All those classics would be a wonderful way to unwind during a relaxing summer evening under the stars at this world-class outdoor venue, but what about those people that enjoy more modern music?

Pop Music

Ravinia has that covered too with popular acts visiting during the summer of 2019 such as:


Ravinia Festival does not just do music either, they also select a few film classics each summer and present them with a live orchestral soundtrack. The films you can look forward to this summer include the Bill Murray comedy touchstone, Ghostbusters and the new family favorite, Coco. Don’t forget the popcorn!

BYO Picnic

What many North Shore residents love about Ravinia is that you are allowed to bring in any food and beverage you desire. What’s great is that if you forget a corkscrew for that bottle of Pinot Grigio, Ravinia has shops and restaurants on-site to sell or rent any item you may need for your picnic, from cups and chairs to potato salad and warm sandwiches.

If you want the opportunity to become a resident of the vibrant, Lake Forest community at Kelmscott Apartments, contact us today for a tour of your potential new home!


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