Our lawn is gorgeous. We actually encourage our guests to bring chairs, tables,
blankets and as big a spread of foods and beverages they want. Looking for the latest
in creating your perfect picnic? Visit the Ravinia Gift
Order a Picnic Box online and let us
do all the preparation.
For those of you who like to be up-close and personal with the performers on stage,
the pavilion is where it’s at. Reserved seating begins a half-hour before
the concert start time (or before the opening act). From your seat you can feel
like you’re a part of the band or in the orchestra; however remember that
you are not actually performing, so please be aware and respectful to those around
you. Also remember to eat and drink (except water) prior to entering the pavilion
because those people in the burgundy vests, also known as ushers, will make you
finish it or throw it out. Don’t forget that you can still enjoy your picnic
on the lawn before the concert and easily stow your picnicking equipment on the
perimeter of the pavilion, however keep in mind that this is unsupervised.
Let’s say that you don’t have time to go to the grocery store or you
are allergic to the grass. Never fear, we have something for you! There are plenty
of dining options on-site from sit-down restaurants and the a la carte Ravinia Market,
to FanFare Carts and the Carousel ice cream shop. Check
it all out here.
Ravinia has a Gift Shop at three locations! Visit our walk-in gift shop in the Dining
Pavilion. There you will find an extensive array of clothing, souvenirs, CDs, picnic
and gift items to enhance your Ravinia experience. Or fill your more immediate needs
at the shop located in the Martin Theatre. If you really can’t wait –
Prefer to shop alone? We can arrange your own private shopping experience. Please
call 847-266-5425 or email email@example.com
Ravinia Gifts is managed by the Ravinia Festival Women’s Board and is staffed
by volunteers. All proceeds directly benefit the Festival.
Come prepared, as all concerts occur rain or shine. Although Chicago weather is
predictably sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, occasionally Poseidon will stir up
hurricane-like conditions in Lake Michigan causing Ravinia lawn patrons to give
new meaning to the term “storm troopers.” For your convenience the Ravinia
Weatherline is updated daily with the expected forecast for that evening, call 847-266-5100.
Please note that all sales are final and no refunds will be made in the case of
Ravinia strictly adheres to all local and state laws regarding alcohol consumption.
Guests 21 and older may bring alcoholic beverages for adult consumption; you heard
that right, BYOB! Ravinia offers a full bar, and alcoholic drinks may be purchased
in the Park View and Mirabelle Restaurants and at specialty carts throughout the
park. Guests must expect to be “carded” for appropriate I.D. (consider
this a compliment). Police may inspect bags or test youth for liquor prior to admission.
Ravinia reserves the right to refuse service or admission to anyone. Alcohol sales
will end approximately one hour prior to the ending of the concert or following
Do Not Bring
It’s important that you feel at home at Ravinia, but this is not your backyard.
Therefore do not bring:
- Beer kegs
- Athletic equipment (ex. footballs, Frisbees, etc.)
- Bicycles, scooters, in-line skates inside the park (Please note that we do have
bike racks available for storage outside of the Box Office if you choose to help
save the environment and ride your bike to the park)
- Pets (we know they love music too)
- Canopies or umbrellas over six feet in diameter.
- Anything that needs to be staked into the ground.
Besides, you do have to leave at the end of the night. No sleepovers please!
ARRIVE EARLY! We recommend arriving as early as possible for sold-out
performances to allow extra time for traffic, crowds, and to secure your desired
spot on the lawn.
Be considerate! On sold out nights the lawn can become crowded.
Please do not reserve more space than you actually need on the lawn, allowing room
for your fellow concertgoers to enjoy the evening. Ravinia staff reserves the right
to condense parties and reseat patrons. If you have trouble finding a spot, please
find a security guard for assistance.
Everyone can picnic! Pavilion and Martin Theatre ticket-holders
are encouraged to picnic on the lawn prior to the concert. Please stow picnic equipment
at designated areas around the perimeter or back of the venues, however your things
will not be watched. Ask an usher for assistance.
Lawn screen! Certain pavilion concerts have a lawn screen making
the performance from the stage visible to those on the North Lawn. Please check
our calendar for specific dates.
Forgot your tickets? Don’t worry, come to the box office
and we can look up your order to reprint them for you.
In the fine print, additional ticket information:
- Your ticket is a revocable license. Admission is subject to terms, conditions and
policies established by the Ravinia Festival Association.
- All programs and artists are subject to cancellation or change without notice.
- No refunds will be given unless a performance is cancelled in its entirety, with
no replacement performance scheduled.
- Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management.
- No children under 7 years of age will be admitted to reserved seats except designated
- No rain checks. Dated tickets may not be exchanged.
- Admission serves as consent for Ravinia Festival to capture and use your photo,
image and/or voice in Ravinia’s promotional materials.
Be aware that some performances may include haze, aromatics, strobe lights and/or other special effects.