Ravinia Festival 2012

We're already through another winter and, yes, summer is just around the corner in Chicago. That's not the only thing that's hard to believe though. This year North Shore's best loved outdoor music venue Ravinia is packing more stars into its lineup than ever this year! Let's talk about who made the calendar.

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A summer tradition of classical music, pop stars and mid-concert picnics on the lawn, Ravinia has thrived on being one of Chicago's best kept secrets by holing up just outside of city limits, Highland Park to be specific. This year it packs 130 concerts and events between June and September into a schedule its dubbed "The Season of Stars."

Classical music, opera and Broadway tunes have always been a staple at Ravinia and this year its organizers certainly haven't bucked that trend. Unique events include a celebration of German composer Richard Strauss' 150th birthday with a debut performance of Salome (August 2); the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing the score from "West Side Story" against a giant LED screen showing of the film (July 17 & 18); and the return of Ravinia favorites such as Midori (July 16) and Yo-Yo Ma (August 21).

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Pop and rock stars also take center stage this summer at Ravinia. It's hard to claim any one style or era of music will dominate this year at Ravinia. Artist ranging as far and wide as Hall & Oates (June 22) to OneRepublic (June 18 & 19) to Lyle Lovett (August 1) to a "Surf and Soul" concert by the Beach Boys and The Temptations are scheduled to appear at the venue in the coming months.

And, of course, Chicago's finest weren't forgotten when it came to drawing up this year's calendar. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra can be found at the park for several performances throughout the summer. Additionally, this year Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy headlines on August 19. Local folk, rock hybrid Poi Dog Pondering takes the stage on September 12 and resident jam band Umphrey's McGee makes their Ravinia debut on July 25.

The full 2014 schedule as well as ticket purchasing option can be found on Ravinia's website. We're looking forward to another fantastic season!