Widely known as an area of spectacular natural beauty, Ravinia was established as a creative community of virtuoso artists, writers and musicians. The fall foliage is the perfect backdrop to explore and learn about this historic neighborhood.
Begin your day in the Martin Theater inside Ravinia Festival, where Art Miller, distinguished local historian and author, will discuss the development of the arts venue that we all know so well. See Ravinia at the turn of the 20th Century in a presentation that will give new perspective on this local gem and the development of Ravinia and Highland Park.
Next, hop on a trolley and head to the Ravinia Business District or stay aboard and take a short tour around several significant Ravinia sites. A docent aboard the trolley will provide anecdotes about the people and places that put Ravinia on the map. Drop by the Historic Ravinia Resource Center (AKA Full Circle Architects) at 737 St. Johns Avenue in Highland Park for refreshments, and exhibit and interesting facts about Jens Jensen and the Ravinia Village House.
The Ravinia Festival Presentation will be from 11:00am to 12:00 noon in the Martin Theater on the Ravinia Festival grounds. Parking is available at the North Lot on the Ravinia Festival Grounds located at 418 Sheridan Road. Vehicles may remain in the lot for the duration of the Historic Ravinia events. The trolley will pick up and then drop off at the conclusion of the day's events. For more information and complete schedule go to www.HistoricRavinia.com.