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Music al fresco

While listening to a world-class symphony orchestra, feel free to stroll amongst the trees, open a bottle of wine and settle down on the grass with your picnic basket.

That's what Chicagoans have done for decades at Ravinia, the 36-acre venue in Highland Park that has played host to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra every summer since 1936.

Built in 1904 as an amusement park to build up a clientele for the Chicago-Milwaukee rail line, the park quickly became a summertime getaway for music lovers. Its outdoor summer music festival, the country's oldest, continues to draw audiences to this bucolic site by road and rail every year.

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200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035

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Another historic Illinois venue can be found in Central Illinois, at the Normal Theatre.

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Listen to Chicago jazz legend Ramsey Lewis wax poetic about the Ravinia Festival and its long history of presenting jazz.

 

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The early days of Ravinia. Photo Courtesy of Ravinia Festival.

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays for the crowd gathered at the pavilion. Photo Courtesy of Ravinia Festival.

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The Martin Theatre, the only building left from the original Ravinia construction. Photo Courtesy of Ravinia Festival.

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Inside the old pavilion, which burned in 1949. Photo Courtesy of Ravinia Festival.

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Walter Damrosch leads the New York Symphony Society at Ravinia in 1905. Photo Courtesy of Ravinia Festival.

 

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