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tailgating at Ravinia?

I am going Ravinia for the first time this weekend and having never been I was kind of hoping somebody could give me the lay of the land.

The parking lot opens at 4PM and the show starts at 7:30. Can I bring a cooler to the parking lot and have a few "pops" before heading in? Can I bring a grill?

Can I bring a cooler into the facility? We have lawn seats - can I bring chairs or is it better to just bring a blanket?

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Don't take your shirt off in there. They frown upon riff raff behavior like that.

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you can bring in coolers w/ pops or adult drinks, chairs and food.

If its a sold out show get there early or their parking lot fills up and you have to park nearby and haul all your stuff or wait for a shuttle bus.

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Don't take your shirt off in there. They frown upon riff raff like that.

Don't ask how I know.
You have clearly never met me, I don't have the "remove" shirt kind of body. But thanks for the advice.

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no tailgating.
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You have clearly never met me, I don't have the "remove" shirt kind of body. But thanks for the advice.
Yeah neither did most of my friends at the time. ...and I have met you! Way back when, but still.

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I don't think they allow a grill inside, but most people bring coolers and picnic baskets, blankets, chairs, whatever... We brought in a bunch of food and a few bottles of wine.

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I don't think they allow a grill inside, but most people bring coolers and picnic baskets, blankets, chairs, whatever... We brought in a bunch of food and a few bottles of wine.
yep...no grills either
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Dude you can bring your whole frig and fit right in there. I have never seen such a spread ov food and drinks at a concert. If you have less than a 10 gallon cooler ur a lightwieght. I showed up with nothing the first and only time I went there and I felt left out.
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Dude you can bring your whole frig and fit right in there. I have never seen such a spread ov food and drinks at a concert. If you have less than a 10 gallon cooler ur a lightwieght. I showed up with nothing the first and only time I went there and I felt left out.
LOL too funny.

If you don't have a massive spread, special lawn chairs, a big blanket, wine glasses, etc I would feel weird there LOL funny you might have been the less than 1% of peeps with nothing.
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Better bring wine, cheese and expensive blankets if you really want to fit in

I still prefer cheap beer and making a scene

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Better bring wine, cheese and expensive blankets if you really want to fit in

I still prefer cheap beer and making a scene
PBR, kraft singles, PB&J sandwiches and a scratchy army rug it is.

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I bring like 6 big ass blankets for two people and stake out our real estate while everybody else fights for a 2 foot spot to sit.
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PBR, kraft singles, PB&J sandwiches and a scratchy army rug it is.
I was drinking tall boys of PBR with no shirt on sitting behind a drum kit for the first time in like 5 years just a few days ago. My man

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Not only is parking a complete fiasco if you get there late, but good luck finding a decent spot on the lawn. When you have 4 people taking up a living room sized space with their blanket and half a kitchen during a sold out show its pretty hard to find a good spot. Needless to say I haven't been back for years.


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CP knows how the north shore folks play.

The earlier you get there the better. Bring more then less or be prepared to pay a premium if you run out. No grills.

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If you find a tented area with no one in it you can have sex quickly with your woman, and while the security guy will be watching and beating his meat he will be nice enough to let you finish before making his presence known.

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PBR, kraft singles, PB&J sandwiches and a scratchy army rug it is.


Here's a list of what is not allowed.
http://www.ravinia.org/PicnicRavinia.aspx

Also, don't expect to actually *see* any of the show without a reserved seat in the pavilion. The lawns really don't have any kind of view of the stage.

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Also, don't expect to actually *see* any of the show without a reserved seat in the pavilion. The lawns really don't have any kind of view of the stage.
This, but you are able to find a spot in the back or side of the pavilion to catch a glimpse of the performance.

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If you find a tented area with no one in it you can have sex quickly with your woman, and while the security guy will be watching and beating his meat he will be nice enough to let you finish before making his presence known.



You heard that from a little birdy huh.
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new (to me) thing at Ravinia is "Sport Brella Beach Umbrella". sucks for people right behind you, but they are allowed there. that plus blankets at very front of lawn creates alot of privacy.
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Don't forget cash for parking.

We usually hang out a little bit after to let the parking lot clear, otherwise it's a pain in the dick.

We bring cheap camp chairs, the ground can be soggy depending on where you sit.

Oh and if you or anyone going is a student of any sort they usually get in free with their ID so bring that.

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Yeah..... we go all the time.


Take a blanket or two .... something plastic to put under them if it's been raining.

Food, drink .... all you want.

No grills.

Some people bring linen, crystal, silver and candelabras ...... really.


Take a couple mags or a book, show up early .... hang out.

Leave just before the last encore and you are out like a breeze.



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Nah I was the guy working security, it was all I could do not to high five the guy.

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I used to go there and bring a pillow and a giant sleeping bag and crawl into it with whatever equally classy guy I was dating and diddle around. It's super cool to do stuff like that to the smooth sounds of Bruce Hornsby & The Range, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Mozart's Concerto No. 5 as played by Joshua Bell.

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