caption freeform

Ravinia District Enhancements and Events Planned for Spring/Summer 2018

A number of exciting events, infrastructure improvements, new business ventures and developments are planned in the Ravinia District for spring/summer 2018. The public is invited to enjoy free events, discover new businesses, and explore this historic neighborhood.

Upcoming Events in Ravinia District
The Ravinia District will once again host the Ravinia Farmer’s Market on every Wednesday beginning in June. The market offers fresh produce, baked goods, and flowers. The immensely popular ‘Food Truck Thursdays’ will return with additional vendors starting June 7 to provide delicious food and live music. The District will also host the City’s Arbor Day Celebration on April 28, 2018. The Arbor Day Celebration will include a variety of free children’s activities including Touch-A-Truck, raptor talk with live birds by Northern Illinois Raptor Center, craft projects, and more. Adults can pick up free plants, join a guided tree identification walk, and participate in educational discussions and demonstrations.

Businesses Streetscape Progress
The City aims to stimulate increased private investment and new business by further enhancing the District and promoting its unique charm. A multi-year redevelopment plan within the District continues to move forward. The first phase, completed in 2014, included wayfinding signage and other streetscape improvements. The next phase is anticipated to begin in early April with a design work for lighting, street furniture, public art, landscaping signage, and other amenities. Public input will be included in the process.

Business and Development News
Ravinia District will welcome Viaggio’s restaurant, which will open in April. Also, the City is working with Klairmont Investments, LLC to finalize the proposed development for a four-story mixed use building with 30 rental units on Roger Williams Avenue, which will further increase residential density in the area and increase ground floor commercial vibrancy.  

For more information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 847.926.1000 or


 About the Ravinia District
The Ravinia District is comprised of an eclectic mix of small-scale businesses, popular restaurants and food specialty shops, and high-end personal and professional services. Recognized for its vibrancy, the District is home to various exciting outdoor events and festivals. All located within a few walkable blocks, this creative, quaint, friendly and historic neighborhood offers nearly anything a person might be looking for. A lovely location to dine before or after visiting the Ravinia Festival or the Chicago Botanic Garden, Ravinia District is just east of Green Bay Road in Highland Park on Roger Williams Avenue and hosts the Ravinia stop on the Metra train service.

Ravinia District’s historic roots as a getaway from Chicago for artists and other creative people led to its establishment as an artists’ colony. Ravinia District continues to be a distinguished destination along the North Shore.