Important 2021 Information
Ravinia is thrilled to welcome back Chicagoland and return shared live-music experiences to our summer culture. We have taken numerous steps to prioritize the health of our artists, audiences, staff, and community—following guidance from Northwestern Medicine, state and local government, and industry standards for outdoor activity—while finding practical and optimal ways to fulfill our mission this summer.
The 2021 season will start and end a little later than usual. Concerts will be held in two halves, with the first half running from July 1—Aug. 15. The second half takes place from Aug. 16—Sept. 25. See the “Tickets” section below for ticket sales dates and information.
Ravinia will be closely following public health recommendations from the CDC and local authorities. Masks are recommended for unvaccinated patrons and staff, and for all people in high-traffic areas such as lines to board Metra trains and park and ride buses. All train and shuttle bus riders are required to wear masks while on board, by federal law.
Ravinia is not requiring patrons to be vaccinated for entry.
The capacities of Ravinia’s venues and buildings follow Restore Illinois guidelines, and most performance seating is in open-air spaces. All summer, a section of the South Lawn features reserved socially distanced spaces sold for groups of two, four, or six people. The total capacity of the other areas of the Lawn, which are sold for general admission, is reduced to ensure groups of guests can be physically distanced.
Seating configurations and capacity may be revised as local guidelines evolve. As always, please respect your neighbors’ desire for a healthy Ravinia experience before, during, and after every event.
Check the "ticketing options" section of our 2021 Policies page for more information on ticketing and seating options.
Commonly touched surfaces, such as Pavilion seats, tables and counters, and door handles, are routinely cleaned and sanitized for the protection of everyone in the park. Every restroom features touchless fixtures, including soap dispensers, for thoroughly washing your hands. Touch-free hand sanitizer dispensers are also available throughout Ravinia’s grounds and buildings.
For more information, visit our 2021 policies page or check the FAQs below. Not everything about Ravinia is different this summer!
Please call the box office if you have questions or need assistance.
For a contactless experience, guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at Ravinia.org. The box office will open for in-person sales on July 1.
Ticket sales by phone will open at a date to be determined.
Charitable contributions to Ravinia are not refundable and do not guarantee any benefits or specific concert seating at any level.
Ravinia does not censor or control the content created by guest artists. Patrons with sensitivities to adult language or socio-political commentary are advised to be aware of the artists’ work before purchasing tickets to and/or attending their performances.
Ravinia is an open-air venue that cannot guarantee refuge for all guests should severe weather occur.
You can find an audio weather forecast from our friends at Accuweather here every concert day.
For the 2021 summer season, the capacities of the Pavilion and Lawn are reduced in accordance with Restore Illinois guidelines. Capacity and seating configurations may be revised for the second half of the season as local guidelines evolve. The section of the South Lawn sold as reserved spaces will remain the same capacity to offer socially distanced seating all summer. The Martin Theatre and Bennett Gordon Hall are not open to the public.
For the 2021 season, brought to you by RBC Wealth Management, a video screen facing the reserved spaces on the Discover Premium South Lawn provides a view of all performances in the Pavilion or Bennett Gordon Hall.
Planning Your Ravinia Experience
For Pavilion events (except dance programs and Kids Concerts), Park and Ride shuttles begin service 30 minutes before the public gate time. Park and Ride does not operate for all events; check individual event webpages on the day of the performance for details.
For your safety and the safety of all our guests, all items brought into the park (including, without limitation, coolers, picnic baskets, bags, backpacks and purses) are subject to search upon entry or reentry into the park and may also be inspected again upon entering the Pavilion. A metal-detection wand or walk-through magnetometer will be used to scan patrons. Patrons who choose not to subject themselves to wanding or their personal belongings to a security search will not be permitted to enter the park or Pavilion.
Security measures may slow down park entry lines, so please plan accordingly.
State law prohibits public use of cannabis. Guests will be asked to return marijuana products to their cars or surrender them to onsite police for destruction.
Don’t want to lug around chairs or a table in addition to your picnic? You can rent both for a night at the Wintrust Chair and Table Rental tent north of the Martin Theatre. Chair and table rentals may also be reserved online when purchasing tickets or as an add-on until 24 hours before your concert. Reservations are recommended for popular concerts, as walk-up rentals are not guaranteed to be available.
Worried you might forget something or get hungry for more? Check out our The Festival Shop for a range of picnic accessories, from chairs and blankets to cheese boards and drinkware. You can also supplement or build your picnic at the Ravinia Market, offering hot and chilled main and side dishes, or grab a drink or a sweet treat from carts around the park on Pavilion concert nights.
Ravinia prohibits smoking or vaping except in designated areas outside the gates. State law prohibits public use of cannabis. Guests will be asked to return marijuana products to their cars or surrender them to onsite police for destruction.
While your comfort and enjoyment of a night out at Ravinia are our top priorities, we prohibit guests from bringing the following items into the park:
1. Firearms or explosives (including those possessed by off-duty officers or concealed carry license holders)
2. Professional photographic and video or audio recording equipment
4. Beer kegs
5. Athletic equipment (e.g., balls and flying discs)
6. Bicycles, scooters, or skates (bike racks can be found outside the west and south entrances)
7. Pets (service animals are permitted)
8. Tents or canopies
9. Umbrellas over six feet in diameter
10. Anything that needs to be staked into the ground
11. Drones or other flying apparatus
12. Firepits or large open flames
Getting to Ravinia
• Parking costs $25 for most non-classical events in the Pavilion.
• Parking costs $10 for Chicago Symphony and guest orchestra concerts and Carousel Concerts.
• Parking is free for classical chamber music concerts as well as Kids Concerts and dance performances.
• When filled, cars will be directed to a free Park and Ride lot for shuttle service to and from Ravinia. Park and Ride will not operate when onsite parking is expected to easily accommodate all ticketholders; check individual event webpages on the day of the performance for availability.
2. “Braeside” Metra train station (¼ mile from Ravinia)
3. “Ravinia” Metra train station (½ mile from Ravinia)
Vehicles displaying a Ravinia donor Priority Parking Pass or a valid disability parking placard may also drop guests off at the following two locations:
2.Ravinia’s North Parking Lot (inbound access is closed 30 minutes prior to the end of the performance)
• Highland Park Police and Ravinia staff may need to redirect vehicles for various reasons.
• Drop-offs are not allowed on public streets, and the driver will be subject to a $100 ticket by the Highland Park Police Department.
2. The West parking lot
The number of handicap-accessible parking spots is limited, so plan to arrive early. Regular parking rates apply.
Ravinia’s free Park and Ride shuttle service is accessible. Click here for more information about the Park and Ride service.
Ravinia provides a motorized cart service for in-park transportation assistance at classical concerts in the Pavilion and Martin Theatre. Click here for more information about these services.
State law prohibits public use of cannabis. Guests will be asked to return marijuana products to their cars or surrender them to on-site police for destruction.
At the artist’s discretion for classical concerts, artist merchandise may be found inside The Festival Shop or in the lobby outside Bennett Gordon Hall. You can find each of these buildings on the Ravinia park map.
Established in 1904 as an attraction intended to lure riders from the fledgling Chicago & Milwaukee Electric Railroad, the not-for-profit Ravinia stands today as not only North America’s oldest outdoor music festival but also one of its most musically diverse. Located in the heart of Highland Park, IL, Ravinia spreads across nearly 36 acres and features three unique performance venues, the open-air Pavilion, the iconic Martin Theatre (the last remaining building from our original construction), and the intimate Bennett Gordon Hall.
Whether you want to see current chart-toppers, classic rock legends, or take in a performance by the nation’s finest orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia has something for everyone.