Ravinia Associates aspire to be Chicago's premier group of emerging leaders dedicated to supporting the musical arts. The Associates focus on expanding the size and diversity of audiences for music, emphasizing Ravinia Festival and its Education and Community Partnerships programs and enhancing broad appreciation for classical music.
Ravinia Associates are a group of young professionals in the Chicago area. They work to support the Festival by raising funds, increasing awareness, and developing a younger audience for classical music. The group's signature fundraiser, Festa Ravinia, is traditionally a black-tie event with dinner, dancing, auction and raffle. This event provides funding for Ravinia Festival and its unparalleled Education and Community Partnerships programs. Additionally, the Associates participate in the Annual Fund campaign and volunteer at events such as school visits, Rising Stars series, Family Space and Instrument Petting Zoos. At Ravinia's summer concerts, the group hosts Associates Corners, where members gather on the lawn to picnic, develop friendships and listen to the music of the evening. In addition, Associates gather with their families and picnic at Kids Concerts.