Daytripper: Ravinia Shopping District

Beyond the wrought-iron gates of Highland Park’s Ravinia Festival beckons a thriving neighborhood worthy of a day trip (and most definitely a pre-concert visit)!

Ravinia’s small business district, anchored by the Ravinia Metra train station on Roger Williams Avenue, boasts a number of worthwhile restaurants, eclectic shops and beauty salons.

SoShee Boutique

Enjoy browsing the colorful tunics and funky-chic accessories while getting fashion tips from über-stylish owner Michelle Burden. 599 Roger Williams Ave., 847-432-6969

Photo by Kelsey Curran.

Principessa Children’s Boutique

Comb the racks here for the best selection of consigned children’s clothing, especially those wear-once party dresses and Halloween costumes. The store also offers great birthday gifts, hair accessories, and other new, on-trend items. 453 Roger Williams Ave., 847-926-0500

Photo by Kimberly Carroll.

Field Violin Workshop

If you are in the market to buy, rent or repair a violin, viola, cello or bow—or you just want to meet talented violinist and violinmaker Gerald Field—consider a visit here to witness Field at work on his craft. Kids especially will be fascinated. 451 Roger Williams Ave., 847-433-8522

Photo by Kelsey Curran.

Jill Alberts Jewelry

Let owner (and designer to the stars) Jill Alberts help you choose gorgeous necklaces, rings and bracelets from a wide range of styles and price points. 469 Roger Williams Ave., 847-681-1630

Editor’s note: Jill Alberts Jewelry’s retail store is closed for renovations and will reopen in late fall. Jill will see clients by appointment only. Call 847-681-1630 or email [email protected]

Photo courtesy of Jill Alberts Jewelry.

Abigail’s American Bistro

Some of the most innovative dining on the North Shore can be found here; be sure to try the Ahi Tuna Crudo and Crispy Sprout Leaves. And the cocktails here are always a refreshing revelation. 493 Roger Williams Ave., 847-780-4862

Photo courtesy of Abigail’s American Bistro.

Jeff Cohen Photography

Here’s your chance to be photographed by a former Playboy photographer! Jeff Cohen specializes in memorable portraits of people, families and pets, and also sells fine-art photography from his travels. 485 Roger Williams Ave., 847-347-2509

Photo by Jeff Cohen.

Ravinia Festival

Whether listening to the Chicago Symphony or one of the many pop concerts, there is no place like Ravinia under the stars in the summertime. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and get ready to relax while enjoying the sounds and sights of this world-renowned music festival. 418 Sheridan Road, 847-266-5000

Photo courtesy of Ravinia Festival.

Baker Boys

The perfect way to end your day! The Red Velvet frozen custard is to die for; the cupcakes and cheesecakes are reliably scrumptious. 733 St. Johns Ave., 847-433-0430

Photo courtesy of Baker Boys.