Illinois celebrated its bicentennial as a state in December of 2018. To celebrate, the Chicago Tribune published the Bicentennial Bucket List: 200 Things To Do In Illinois, celebrating the best the state has to offer in history, food, architecture, culture, sports, nature, drink, and oddities. With the state still shut down due to the corona virus outbreak, I figured this was the second-best time to look through this collection and cover the ones I’ve done/eaten/seen.
We kick things off with one of the entries from the Culture category: Ravinia, from Highland Park, IL.
The oldest outdoor music festival in North America draws 600,000 listeners each summer – many touting picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs to stake their claim on the manicured grounds of the 36-acre park.
Performers across a panoply of musical genres have graced the pavilion stage at this summer crib of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Ravinia is a summer tradition for people on the North Shore. Growing up on the south side, it really didn’t enter my consciousness at all, at least until I started working up north after college. Even then, I managed to avoid going for 20 years. Until Garbage and Blondie came to town in 2017 for their Rage and Rapture Tour. This was my 6th Garbage show, and the first outdoors. Shirley Manson and the boys did not disappoint, putting together a strong set and overcoming a crowd that seemed more interested in sitting down and relaxing than rocking out. We abandoned the pavilion for Blondie’s portion of the show, roaming the grounds before eventually heading back to the train for the ride back in to Chicago. I’m sure I’ll go back again someday, but nothing has drawn me up north just yet.