Ride Metra free to Ravinia this summer

Publication Date
Friday, May 20, 2022

Enjoying music under the stars at the Ravinia Festival is tradition for thousands across Chicagoland. Now getting to the festival grounds is free on Metra thanks to a continuing partnership between Ravinia and Metra.

For the second year in a row, a ticket for a concert at the world-famous venue will also allow you to get there for free on a fast and convenient Metra Union Pacific North train.

During the 2022 concert season, which kicks off today, Metra and the Ravinia Festival are partnering to allow concertgoers to travel to the park on the UP North Line at no cost. All concertgoers need to do is show the Metra conductor their concert ticket or e-ticket and their rides to and from Ravinia Park on the UP North Line are free!

“This partnership is just one more way we can serve our customers,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “My Metra has always been more than just a way to commute to work. It’s a way to travel affordably and sustainably to enjoy all that the Chicago region has to offer. The fact that our trains stop at the entrance to Ravinia Park is a great example of how easy it is to access many regional attractions without a car.”

Metra’s UP North Line from Chicago to Kenosha is the perfect solution for avoiding traffic and additional parking fees. The line’s Ravinia Park Station is located at the entrance to the festival grounds and is used exclusively for events at the park. The line’s Braeside Station is also located a short walk from the park.

“After seeing the success of making a worry-free way to get to Ravinia even more accessible, we are proud to be a part of this unique partnership again this summer. The train has always been an integral part of the festival, and we are happy to bring such an amazing perk to our concertgoers to enhance their overall Ravinia experience,” said Jeff Haydon, President and CEO of Ravinia Festival.

Concertgoers can ride the UP North Line from any of its stops. South of Ravinia, those include the downtown Ogilvie Transportation Center, Clybourn, Ravenswood, Rogers Park, stations in Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Indian Hill, Winnetka, Hubbard Woods and Glencoe. North of Ravinia, concertgoers can board trains in Highland Park, Highwood, Fort Sheridan, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Great Lakes, North Chicago, Waukegan, Zion Winthrop Harbor and Kenosha.

Plan your trip by checking out the UP North Line schedule.