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*CLOSED<eat name="Sloppy Jo's Lunchroom" alt=" Ravinia District" address="733 St. Johns avenue" directions="Near entrance to Ravinia Festival" phone="847-266-8687" url="" hours="Tuesday-Saturday 11am - 6pm" price="Below $8.00 a person" lat="" long="">With no-fuss lunches, free wifi and Etch-a-Sketches on hand, Sloppy Jo's Lunchroom in Highland Park's Ravinia district is bound to be a popular hangout for concert goers and parents with kids in tow. The eats are simple and cheap (nothing exceeds a few bucks), including the namesake Sloppy Jo, tuna salad sandwiches and hot dogs (available plain, Cheesy or Sloppy). You can even score a Fluffernutter sandwich or a Sloppy Jo Frito Pie. Side dishes are reminiscent of your cafeteria days: chips, tater tots, or a treat of the day. A soup of the day will feature in cooler months, replaced by ice cream (on a sugar or pretzel cone) and floats during the summer. The Tootsie Rolls tossed in with every order only add to the charm.</eat>
*<eat name="Real Urban Barbeque" address="610 Central Ave" phone="224-770-4227" url="" hours="Monday-Sunday 11am - 8:30pm" price="$11-$15 per person" lat="" long="">While slightly over 10 dollars, locally owned and operated real urban barbecue has gotten many accolades for its food.</eat>

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Highland Park is a suburb on the north shore of Chicagoland.

Get in

You can get to Highland Park by car or train (Metra line). The train ride from downtown Chicago takes about an hour going North (direction Kenosha).

Get around


  • Ravinia Beach. Ravinia Beach is a little beach in the neighborhood with the same name, Ravinia. You can get there by turning east from Sheridan Road in the Ravinia district. There is a little parking lot right near the beach. Nice for families.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright houses. Along Sheridan Road you'll find impressive houses by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the whole area.


Ravinia Music Festival - Usually just called "Ravinia". A summer-long festival featuring music of all types. The summer home of the Chicago Symphony. Other orchestras (like the Ravinia Festival Orchestra) play there as well as various pop and jazz performers. You can choose to sit in the pavilion (which costs a bit more), or bring a blanket and chairs and sit on the large lawn. Chairs are also available for rental at the park. It has a few places to buy food and drinks (including wine and beer), however, prices are a bit steep and food (and alcohol) may be brought into the park. Certain classical concerts are free for college students with a college ID. If you go, definitely buy some Ravinia ice cream (not the Dove stuff). If you sit in the Pavilion you get a special program. If you sit on the lawn, you'll have to go and find one of the green newspaper dispensers—-they hold the lawn programs. Ravinia often hosts family-friendly concerts but for more sophisticated shows, you should either leave the kids at the hotel or make sure that they will be well behaved. Very easy to get to via Metra North Line; Ravinia has its own stop, which only operates on days with performances. Costs $3.90 each way on weekdays and $5.00 roundtrip on weekends from Ogilvie Transportation Center.



  • Real Urban Barbeque, 610 Central Ave, 224-770-4227, [1]. Monday-Sunday 11am - 8:30pm. While slightly over 10 dollars, locally owned and operated real urban barbecue has gotten many accolades for its food. $11-$15 per person.




Get out

Routes through Highland Park
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