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The Ravinia Festival is the summer music program offered at Ravinia Park in Highland Park, Illinois. It has been the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1936. Highland Park is a city located in Lake County, Illinois. ... The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, based in Chicago, Illinois, is one of the leading orchestras in the world. ... 1936 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


The festival includes symphony concerts, often with guest soloists, as well as jazz, blues, folk, and rock performances, as well as ballet, drama, and educational programs which take place year-round. The permanent facilities on 36 acres of bucolic parkland include an open-air amphitheater, landscaped parkland, restaurant and concession stands, and buildings including a concert pavilion and a music education building. Picnicking in the park during the pre-concert is a longstanding Chicagoland tradition. Served by the Metra commuter railroad with special stops before and after concerts, Ravinia is a pedestrian destination for many. Attendance now often tops 600,000. The Chicagoland region is colored red. ... Metra is Chicagolands commuter rail system, serving over 200 stations on eleven lines across the Regional Transportation Authoritys (RTAs) six-county service area. ...


Originally developed in 1904 as an amusement park and destination point on the Chicago and Milwaukee Electric Railroad, the park was at risk on the railroad's bankruptcy, and in 1911 local residents (who were largely Chicago businessnmen) formed a corporation to purchase and operate the park. Music was a confirmed summer activity from then on except for a brief hiatus during the Depression. 1911 is a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... The Great Depression was a massive global economic recession (or depression) that ran from 1929 to 1941. ...


External links

  • ravinia.org Ravinia Music Festival site. Schedules, tickets, and artist information.
  • [1] Centennial

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Ravinia (250 words)
The Ravinia Festival is a 36-acre international performance and education center in Highland Park devoted to classical and contemporary music.
Ravinia Park was founded in 1904 by an electric railway operator who hoped patrons would come to its open-air pavilion and amusements by interurban.
Eckstein's widow bequeathed the grounds to the festival in 1944, with the provision that it remain devoted to classical music.
Ravinia Festival - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (262 words)
Ravinia Festival is a not-for-profit organization that operates several music venues on their own parkland in Highland Park, Illinois.
Ravinia is also the collective name of those facilities and the park itself, while Ravinia Festival usually refers to the series of outdoor concerts held every summer from June to September.
The Festival includes symphony concerts, often with guest soloists, as well as opera, jazz, blues, folk, and rock performances, plus ballet, drama, and educational programs which take place year-round.
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