Ravinia Festival

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Music under the stars attracts thousands each summer to this world-renowned music and dance festival. While classical programming is the core, this year you'll hear Lyle Lovett, Wyclef Jean, Elvis Costello and more. Tote a picnic (regulars insist on glass stemware, linens, fresh flowers and candles) or buy fixin's at one of the in-park eateries, which as of 2007, include two sit-down restaurants and a take-away eatery. Rent chairs and tables for more comfortable lawn listening or bring your own (grills and tents are not allowed on Ravinia property). Tip: Skip traffic and parking hassles by hopping the Ravinia special Metra train that stops right at the front gate.