Ravinia cancels entire 2020 season

Fri May 01, 2020 at 7:22 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

The Ravinia Festival has cancelled its entire 2020 season due to the Covid-19 virus and continuing shutdown of Illinois. The closure marks the first time the Highland Park music festival has been shuttered in 85 years since the Great Depression when Ravinia was closed from 1932-35.

The cancellation of Ravinia’s season marks the zeroing out of 120 summer events that were to have taken place at the outdoor festival from June 12 through September 16.

“Ravinia benefits from an informed and responsible Board of Trustees and engaged family of volunteers, and our lengthy and thorough discourse on this topic has brought us to the conclusion that it is impossible to move ahead with the season,” said president and CEO Welz Kauffman in a statement released by the festival. This year is Kauffman’s final season at Ravinia.

Those who have purchased tickets can receive refunds or vouchers for future performances, or convert those funds into tax-deductible donations.

The Grant Park Music Festival, which is scheduled to open June 10, is hanging tough for now and has not yet announced any cancellations. 

The news of Ravinia’s closing comes amid rumblings that Governor J.B. Pritzker may keep Illinois shut down through July 5 in order to prevent large crowds from celebrating Independence Day.   

Check back for further developments.

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