2021 Food Truck Thursdays
Food Truck Thursdays return this summer! Enjoy a variety of food and drinks and a wide range of musical performances beginning July 8, 2021. Food Truck Thursdays will run weekly from 4:30 PM to dusk from July 8 through September 9 in Jens Jensen Park - Roger Williams Ave. between St. Johns Ave. and Dean Ave.
July 8: Radio Free Honduras (Latin Folk Rock) 6:00–8:00 PM
July 15: Ben Tatar (Kids Show) 4:30–5:45 PM
Jared Rabin Band (Rock N Roll) 6:00–8:00 PM
July 22: Big Sadie (American Roots) 4:30–6:00 PM
The DB's (Soulful Blues) 6:15–8:15 PM
July 29: Pierce Crask (Americana Blues) 4:30–5:45 PM
Dave Specter & Brother John Kattke (Chicago Blues Duo) 6:00–8:00 PM
August 5: Desert Birds (Gypsy Swing) 4:30–5:45 PM
La Tosca (Italian Mambo Ensemble) 6:00-8:00 PM
August 12: Surprise Local Guest Opener 4:30–5:45 PM
Basement Band (Rock N Roll - Local Ravinia/ HP Resident Band ) 6:00–8:00 PM
August 19: Surprise Local Guest Opener4:30-5:45 PM
Akasha (Reggae) 6:00–8:00 PM
August 26: Surprise Local Guest Opener 4:30–5:45 PM
Railheart (Rock N Roll with Cosmic Country) 6:15–8:00 PM
September 2: Surprise Local Guest Opener 4:30–5:45 PM
The Acoustic Generation: Matt Cantlon Aloha Ukulele's Band (Folk Rock) 6:15–8:00 PM
September 9: Surprise Local Guest Opener 4:30–5:45 PM
The Hoyle Brothers (Country) 6:00–8:00 PM
The public is encouraged to walk or bike along the enhanced Green Bay Trail - Robert McLory Bike Trail that leads into the charming Ravinia District, ride the Metra north or south to Ravinia Station at Roger Williams in the Ravinia Business District, or take a Pace Bus. If traveling by car, Highland Park is easily accessible via north Lake Shore Drive to Sheridan Road, US 41 and 294. Exit Clavey Road east to Green Bay Road and east on Roger Williams Avenue. Free parking is available.
Ravinia District Food Truck Thursdays is sponsored by the Ravinia District Special Service Area 17 property owners. Bensidoun USA operates Food Truck Thursdays in cooperation with the City of Highland Park and Ravinia District Special Service Area 17. To be a Food Truck Vendor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Live music is managed by Life Rhythms.
Throughout the pandemic, the City has partnered with the Ravinia District SSA 17 property owners and business owners to promote the area and expand opportunities for pandemic-friendly dining, shopping, and services. In 2020, the Ravinia District hosted various safe, socially distanced outdoor events, including music, dining, fitness classes, and children’s activities.
Visitors returning to the Ravinia District for Food Truck Thursdays will enjoy new streetlights installed in summer 2020 as part of a streetscape project funded through the Ravinia TIF District. The Ravinia District Special Service Area 17 (SSA 17) stepped forward to provide $175,000 to fund and implement the street furnishings portion of the project, including benches, bicycle racks, and trash/recycling receptacles. The SSA represents a valuable private partner in helping realize the implementation of the streetscape plan. The new streetlights provide even lighting and comply with the City’s right-of-way lighting standards and dark skies policies. New benches face away from the street to accommodate conversations better, direct attention to businesses, and address safety concerns.
In addition, the City’s sponsor-a-planter program offers residents and business owners the opportunity to sponsor planters located throughout the Ravinia and Central Business Districts. More information is available at cityhpil.com/seasonalplanters.