The Ravinia Festival is an outdoor music festival that takes place all summer long next the Ravinia Park Metra Station on the Union Pacific North line. It’s an easy commute heading north from downtown Chicago, although a bit long depending on your starting location.
Things to Know
- There is a Ravinia and Ravinia Park station, so be sure to get off at the park stop (or Braeside also works, but a slightly longer walk — 6 minutes to the south gate)
- Ogilvie Transportation Center is the main transfer point and connection to the Union Pacific North train in downtown Chicago, and the commute time is about 50 minutes.
- It is also a 50-minute commute from the Kenosha Metra Station at the other end of the line, but train times are not good for making evening concerts before they start (or have early morning arrivals), so we only recommend a Metra commute if your starting station is south of the festival.
- Last southbound trains toward Chicago depart Ravinia Park around 11 p.m. on the weekend and around 12:30 a.m. on weekdays.
- Connect with a Union Pacific North train at any station south of the festival. Stops include Lake Forest, Glencoe, Evanston, Rogers Park, Ravenswood and Clybourn.
- Exit the train at the Ravinia Park stop, which is near the Tyler Gate entrance to the park and Martin Theatre. Or for potentially fewer crowds, exit at the Braeside Metra Station.
For quick access to train schedules and commute times, use Google Maps with your starting station and Ravinia Park as the end destination (and click on the train icon).