We have a robust lineup of more than 100 events ranging from global music, jazz, country, and hip-hop, to indie rock, pop, family shows, and of course, classical, featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in residence. We also have chamber music and recitals, films with live scores, our annual celebration of Mexican music and culture, reggae, and American Songbook—truly something for everyone!
Tickets to all events are on sale now!
After a successful pilot partnership in 2021, Ravinia Festival extends its collaboration with Metra through the 2022 summer season. Under this partnership, all trains on the Union Pacific North Line will honor Ravinia tickets as train fares; patrons can show their dated concert e-ticket for a free train ride to and from the park on the day of the event.
This summer, remote parking will continue to be consolidated in downtown Highland Park; park-and-ride buses will cycle as needed to and from the park on designated concert days. When Ravinia’s onsite parking lots are able to accommodate all ticketholders, the park-and-ride buses will not be in service. Remote parking operations will be listed on each event’s webpage at least two weeks in advance of the performance.
There are no current state or local mandates in place for outdoor venues, and proof of vaccination will not be required for entry. However, guests are encouraged to mask and distance to their own comfort level. Complimentary masks will be available at all ticket gates, the box office at the grand entrance, and the information booth. Digital ticketing for touchless entry, as well as touchless payment and restroom fixtures, continue to be available. Ravinia’s policies will be kept up-to-date with any issued by the State of Illinois or local government.
Please be advised that guests using the Metra train or the Pace park-and-ride bus program are welcome but not required to wear masks while in transit.
Ravinia will present performances in all of its venues in 2022, including the main-stage Pavilion, the indoor Martin Theatre and Bennett Gordon Hall, and, after a successful inaugural year in 2021, the outdoor Carousel stage, which will have expanded offerings of casual concerts and opening acts—to be announced later this spring—on the North Lawn.
Back by popular demand! Prime Lawn seating for groups of 2, 4, or 6 people just outside the Pavilion is available in a more focused space this summer. By carefully refining the area to a third of its 2021 size, we’ve ensured that each Premium Lawn Block offers an immersive view of the new permanent video screen at the back of the Pavilion showing the performance onstage.
Patrons can bring their picnics or choose from a selection of in-park dining options this summer. The Ravinia Market will be open with an expanded walk-up market and for mobile ordering. Mobile carts throughout the park provide a variety of seasonal options, including beverage carts with a selection of premium ready-to-drink cocktails, spiked seltzers, wine, and craft beers, as well as snack carts featuring many guest-favorite items, including Ravinia’s signature ice cream.
Indoor and outdoor dining options will be available at the Park View, Tree Top, and Lawn Bar restaurants in the Dining Pavilion, as well as at the Freehling Room for eligible Ravinia donors. Each restaurant has a covered outdoor patio for open-air service, and reservations are strongly recommended. For guests interested in catering, Ravinia will offer reserved group spaces in select areas of the park, with packages that include tickets and customized menus.
Bernstein’s Answer: The Ravinia Music Box–recently named a Gold Winner at the Muse Awards for Creativity—is open at all Pavilion concerts, from gate opening to intermission, with shows starting every 20 minutes from the top of the hour. Admission is free to all patrons in the park. Guests should allow 30 minutes to experience the complete theater program and exhibition gallery when entering. The immersive holographic theater experience is designed to introduce one of music’s most iconic figures, Leonard Bernstein, to audiences of all ages.
Ladies and Gentlemen... The Beatles!: This summer a new gallery exhibit highlights the legacy of The Beatles with Ladies and Gentlemen … The Beatles!, an installation curated by the GRAMMY® Museum and Fab Four Exhibits. The Ravinia Music Box features a timed program, and the gallery is only available to guests who have been through the immersive theater experience. The celebration of The Beatles in 2022 also includes orchestral tribute Classical Mystery Tour and the cabaret Reimagine The Beatles.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been a Ravinia institution for over a century! Each summer, the CSO headlines six weeks with music that stirs emotions from the first experience to the fiftieth, whether up close in seats or relaxed across the Lawn. As Ravinia’s Chief Conductor, Marin Alsop curates and leads three weeks of programs with guests ranging from Oscar and Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. to jazz pianist Marcus Roberts with his trio to singers Matthias Goerne and Yeree Suh.
Several guest conductors and soloists also join the orchestra onstage throughout the summer, including Peter Oundjian with his onetime mentor Itzhak Perlman and Carlos Miguel Prieto with imaginative pianist Conrad Tao. Semi-staged operas also return in the Martin Theatre with the CSO, Apollo Chorus of Chicago, and stellar casts, led by former Ravinia music director James Conlon.
Breaking Barriers is an annual series curated by Marin Alsop that celebrates diverse artists and leaders who are helping to grow an inclusive future for classical music.
Each of the three days of events, this year focused on women conductors, and are capped off by main-stage concerts. The Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship receives the spotlight on the first night with three current and past fellows sharing the CSO podium with Alsop. Past mentors are honored on the second night through Leonard Bernstein’s “Kaddish” Symphony, featuring the Margaret Hillis–founded Chicago Symphony Chorus and the solo voices of Janai Brugger and Jaye Ladymore. Concluding the weekend is four-time Grammy winner esperanza spalding, the groundbreaking jazz artist who recently added opera to her iconoclastic achievements in partnership with Wayne Shorter in … (Iphegenia).
Ravinia continues to offer a variety of programs for all ages, featuring The Lion King in its 2019 live-action version and The Goonies shown on giant screens around the park while their music is played live by the Chicago Philharmonic, as well as events specifically geared to children and families, including perennial favorites Laurie Berkner and Justin Roberts. Kids in the park are also welcome to feel out the music inside them at the interactive KidsLawn area with large-scale instruments.