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Ravinia Tickets on Sale Thursday -- with a New App to Find Friends

Aqueduct_Ravinia_Al_Green_Artist_Details-small.jpgTickets for the 2012 season at the Ravinia Festival go on sale Thursday, April 26. Offering up a near-nightly soundtrack to Chicago summers since 1904, this will be the first year you can use a special Ravinia smartphone app not only for your purchase, but also for connecting with friends while attending a show. If you have never been to a concert at Ravinia (located north of Chicago in Highland Park), there are two seating options: a reserved seat under the pavilion (with views of the stage) or a GA lawn ticket which is generally under $20 for most shows, with no sight of the stage. The benefits of a lawn seat are many, besides the lower price. First, you can picnic (with alcohol) on a blanket under the stars or beneath some of the ancient leafy trees on the site. Secondly, you can corral all of your friends together for an outing where everybody gets to enjoy some cheese, wine, and music in the fine summer weather. The "corralling" however, is the tricky part, especially given Ravinia's lack of distinct landmarks besides "right" "left" and "tree." Typically, there's a lot of people standing up with their cell phones clutched to their ears and waving with the other arm, that is, until the sun sets.

But this year, you can use a new iPhone and Android app to improve your Ravinia experience. Available now through the appropriate app stores (depending on your device), you can view the schedule, buy tickets (starting Thursday), and use the "share your experience" tab to connect with friends at the venue. You can also drum up interest with friends by sharing the shows you want to see with your friends via email, text, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or even LinkedIn. The app was developed by Aqueduct Development LLC , and partner John Fitzsimmons noted, "Helping people was the main focus behind the app. We want it to be useful. So beyond social sharing, and the geolocating map feature we also added a simple 'Directions to Ravinia' feature where with a couple clicks you can get driving, public transit, or even walking directions to Ravinia." In addition to all that, there's also a mini-gallery showing the Ravinia Festival's three different venues — Bennett Gordon Hall, the Martin Theater and the Pavilion — so you can get a feel for each of them (great if you're not as familiar with their indoor concerts, and classical performances).


Aqueduct Development is no stranger to working to make a festival setting more enjoyable. They also won Lollapalooza's Hacklolla contest in 2011 as well as an unofficial North Coast Music Festival app. The real tests of the Ravinia app will be once tickets go on sale tomorrow, and once again when the gates open and that lawn starts filling up this year. You'll either be able to get a signal and geolocate yourself and then relax with a nice plastic cup of "Two Buck Chuck" while you wait for the next Metra train to drop off a few hundred music lovers. Or, we'll see just as many arm-waving, cell phone-holding patrons, trying to find old so-and-so before Santana goes on.

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Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
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Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
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Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
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Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
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Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
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The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
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Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
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