Sound Bites: Where to Eat at Ravinia's New Dining Pavilion

Past due for an upgrade, the Dining Pavilion at Ravinia is reconceived with a new look and a take on where to eat before a concert. It’s music to our ears. Originally opened in 2007 to great fanfare, the Dining Pavilion at Ravinia had grown tired, both in terms of form and functionality. So when the […]

5 Things to Do: August 21-23

There are only a few more weeks in which to soak up summer, so make the most of Chicago’s warm weather with a greek festival, two kids concerts, some “Dirty Dancing,” and a rare event at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Taste of Greektown 2015 Aug. 22-23 Chicago Opa! As you listen to music from Greek […]

Best of 2015: Arts & Entertainment

Make It Better’s Best of 2015 drew more than 105,000 verified votes across 10 categories. Share your thoughts with us on social media using the hashtag #MIBBestof2015. Live Music Venue Ravinia (North Shore) This winner came as no surprise: You’ve chosen this outdoor music venue every year since 2012. 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, 847-266-5000 […]

5 Things to Do: Father's Day Weekend

This weekend is all about dad, so treat him with these events around Chicago. Start at Ravinia as Alan Cumming serenades you with sappy songs before heading downtown to hear some of the best in country by the lake. Then, wake up and enjoy breakfast the next morning at Wagner Farm or have brunch at […]

5 Things To Do: April 3-5

Spring is busting out all over. This weekend, take the kids to the wonderful Kohl Children’s Museum to search for Easter eggs, or get your classics on at Ravinia. There’s a lot to entertain you this weekend, from the Cubs home opener to the premiere of Mad Men to New Orleans jazz.  Kohl Children’s Museum […]

Labor Day Weekend Go Guide

In town for the holiday weekend? There are a bunch of great ways to celebrate summer’s swan song in Chicago and the suburbs—from sports to song, fairs to fun runs. You’re certain to find something for everyone in the family to enjoy. And with an extra day, more time to do it. Here are our […]

Summer Concert Ensembles

Summer offers plenty of opportunities for listening to music outdoors whether you’re into rock, pop or classical. But sometimes the unpredictable Chicago weather and other obstacles can get in the way of enjoying a set from your favorite band, so here are a few outfit suggestions from an experienced concert goer. Lollapalooza The key to […]

North Shore Notables Perform at Ravinia

The Ravinia Festival draws great artists from all over the world to its bucolic setting, but this summer’s lineup also features fine musicians with local roots. On August 3, internationally renowned pianist and Highland Park resident Jorge Federico Osorio takes the stage at Ravinia’s Martin Theatre for “Osorio’s A-Liszt.” As the title indicates, the program […]