John Mayer, Yo-Yo Ma, ZZ Top in Ravinia 2014 Lineup

Ravinia’s summer schedule was announced Thursday.

Courtesy of Ravinia Festival
Courtesy of Ravinia Festival

Get your warm weather calendars out. Ravinia has announced its summer 2014 lineup.

It features perennial Ravinia favorites like James Taylor, John Legend and Carrie Underwood, and newcomers to the venue, such as John Mayer, conductor Susanna Mälkki and guitarist Miloš Karadaglic.

Click here for the full schedule.

David Greenberg March 02, 2014 at 03:30 AM
Stu, that "if you don't like it, MOVE" refrain is incorrect. Simply because one is living near something, doesn't mean that "something" gets to be as much of a nuisance as they want without restriction or regard for the surrounding neighborhood. When Ravinia was pretty much providing a summer home for the CSO, it wasn't a big deal. Bring in rock/pop groups with all the attendant noise, traffic, and other deleterious effects? Then yeah, it's a big deal. I live here, I pay taxes here, and find the large amounts of traffic related to Ravinia to be an inconvenience and an annoyance from all manner of traffic: Car, bicycle, walking... Add in the noise for extra effect.
Walter White March 02, 2014 at 08:44 AM
You hate Wolters Field, you hate Ravinia, you hate the teachers, you hate Rosewood Beach. Stu is right, why exactly do you live here?
Stuart Senescu March 02, 2014 at 02:06 PM
David, Ravinia has had rock bands since before you were born. They had Janis Joplin and some other hard rockers in the late 60s or early 70s (she died about 1972.) At the time the crowds overwhelmed local authorities and planning. Then Ravinia had second thoughts and started reprogramming with might be called 'adult rock' or 'soft rock' to lessen the crowds and attendant rowdiness. It is those kinds of crowds that provided the money for the upgrades and contributions to local governments. For 8 months of the year Ravinia contributes no noise, no crowds, no cars. And for the other four months the problems you allude to are a few times a week and only for limited hours. Get out your grill and fire it up when the big crowds come. You can start scheduling now. Unless you live within 1 mile of the park, you won't even notice the crowds while grilling and dining.
David Greenberg March 02, 2014 at 03:21 PM
Walter: I don't hate all those those things you mention - rather I take issue with certain negative aspects of them. Wolters: Co-existed with the neighborhood for over 70 years until the District put in lights and expanded night games and created noise until 10PM. Ravinia: Traffic and noise. Teachers: Only the compensation model - pay, benefits, etc. are too high - I've consistently said that we need to move to a model where they're rated according to fair and achievable metrics, and the raises come from a fixed pool of money. Rosewood Beach: Was just fine - no need to spend MILLIONS of dollars on a so-called 'interpretative center'.
David Greenberg March 02, 2014 at 03:27 PM
Stu: I'm older than you think. 'They lessened the crowds and attendant rowdiness: So why go back to it now? The problem with these 'oh it's only a few months of the year' arguments is that it's somehow supposed that any of these deleterious effects are ever acceptable. Hint: They're not. As we've clearly seen with Wolter's Field, and Ravinia - once we let the camel get its nose under the tent, it's all over. These entities seek to continually expand and expand - to the detriment of the neighbors. Ravinia: Added a pavilion - and from what I heard on the radio the other day - it's not just a few months out of the year, they have events virtually year-round. I don't mind grilling out - but I don't want MY schedule to be dictated by someone else's. That I'm supposed to modify my schedule because of some entity which desires to be a nuisance is ludicrous. And I'm not alone - I know people who used to live around Ravinia back in the 70's/80's - they moved because of the noise and traffic, etc.. They're still in Highland Park, but that begs the question - why should anyone have to move? Rather, why shouldn't the entity seek to not be a nuisance?


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