Ravinia Festival, located at the edge of Highland Park, is so named because of the many deep ravines along the edge of Lake Michigan's shoreline. This beautiful outdoor music venue hosts over a half million music lovers annually each summer, and is the oldest outdoor music festival in North America. Each year Ravinia offers a broad range of music, featuring world famous musicians and singers, so there is sure to be something for everyone's taste. Past greats have included Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa, Aaron Copland, Carrie Underwood, and most recently Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga. It is also the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1936. Sitting on 36 beautiful acres of grass and lightly wooded areas there is space for everyone and the abundant speaker system ensures that no matter where you choose to sit you'll be able to hear the music to perfection. Adding to the uniqueness of the Ravinia experience, concert goers are free to bring in their own food, wine and other beverages for picnicking in style. Indeed, it can be entertaining to just stroll the grounds during a performance to see the elaborate "picnics" some attendees are enjoying.