World-renowned pianist and conductor Christoph Eschenbach is current musical director of the Festival. Photo courtesy of Ravinia Festival
The Highland Park summer home of the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia celebrated its 60th festival season in
1995, when major renovations of the facilities were undertaken.
Best known for its world-renowned summer concert series, today it
offers concerts, ballet, drama, and educational programs year
round. Through community outreach programs, it now has impact far
beyond the 36 acres of landscaped parkland. It was originally
created in 1904 as an amusement park and destination point on the
Chicago and Milwaukee Electric Railroad. Ravinia is documented in
text -- including the biographies of three different festival
directors -- slides, a promotional video, the book Ravinia: the
Festival at Its Half Century (published in 1985), posters, and a
number of concert series programs, including one from 1926.
Originally submitted by: John Edward Porter, Representative (10th District).
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