Green Bay and Lake Cook, Highland Park
If your idea of a fine night at the Ravinia Festival is getting soused, carrying on a lengthy conversation, making public love, playing video games, chasing your screaming kids, or staging a reunion, head for the far lawn. But if you’re interested in the subtler pleasures of a lawn seat ($10-$32)—namely the freedom to eat, sip, stretch, roam, or flop flat on your back and stargaze while actually paying attention to the concert—then set yourself up on the little hill that faces the main entrance to the pavilion. The sound from anywhere on that mound of grass is as good as or better than what you’d hear if you were trapped in one of the pavilion seats. Get there early enough to beat out the regulars for one of the spots that afford a view of the stage.