Concerts will begin and end on a high note for music buffs who take advantage of Metra’s seasonal rail service to and from Ravinia Park this summer.
Those planning to attend any of the concerts at the 2009 Ravinia Festival, which begins June 5 and continues through September 20, can board the Union Pacific North’s “Ravinia Park Special” from Chicago’s Ogilvie Transportation Center at Madison and Canal Streets to reach the world-renowned park.
The special train departs Chicago at 5:50 p.m. and makes all stops to Central St.-Evanston, then travels nonstop to Ravinia Park for a 6:30 p.m. arrival. On weekends, the “Ravinia Special” departs Ogilvie Transportation Center at 5:35 p.m. and arrives at 6:16 p.m. In addition, a special return train departs approximately 15 minutes after the concert is over. Due to earlier concert times, the “Ravinia Special” will not operate on the following Sundays: July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2 and August 9.
With Metra’s convenient service to the Ravinia Park station, adjacent to the park entrance, music lovers who take the train won’t have to worry about traffic jams or congested parking lots.
Discounted $5 round-trip “special event” tickets, available on the train and at the downtown terminal, can be used for the 5:50 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 6:44 p.m. departures. Pre-purchased tickets may also be used.
For complete schedule information, customers may contact Metra Passenger Services, 312-322-6777, during business hours, visit metrarail.com, or call the RTA Travel Information Center at 836-7000.