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.
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
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
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
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]
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
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
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
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