Tickets for the 2009 Ravinia Festival are on sale beginning April 16. The Chicago festival offers a variety of musicians throughout the summer, and most concerts are outdoors on 36 acres at Highland Park. It is a unique experience by inviting concert-goers to arrive before the show, bring a picnic and alcohol, and sit and visit until the event begins at dark with candlelight.
Over 600,000 people enjoy Ravinia events every year, attending the 120-150 Ravinia-related shows. The Ravina Festival began in 1904 and is the oldest outdoor festival in North America. The name Ravinia comes from the ravines that are along the lake shoreline.
Highlights of the 2009 Ravinia Festival are-
A Prairie Home Companion on June 20
Indigo Girls on June 26
Joe Cocker June 28
Chicago Symphony Orchestra on July 7, 10, 12, 15, 24, 25, and Aug 1, 2, 9
Beach Boys on July 14
The Steve Miller Band on July 17
John Legend on July 21
Lyle Lovett on July 22
The Doobie Brothers on Aug 3
Bonnie Raitt on Aug 21, 22
Tony Bennett on Aug 28, 29