I was in Chicago over the weekend to visit family and attend the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Ill. The festival’s website says Ravinia (named for the Ravinia Park grounds where it is held) is the oldest outdoor music festival in North America. Who knew?!
Ravinia isn’t a stand-all-day-to-see-Eminem, Lollapalooza-like event. It’s very civilized. You can sit in the 3,200-person Pavilion open-air theater or picnic on the lawn. If you do the latter, you can’t see the stage, but the music still sounds superb. We tried for Pavilion seats but ended up on the lawn, because we were there to see Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett and the Pavilion tickets sold out instantly. The duo caused quite the frenzy over at old Ravinia.
My sister, Terri Berry, organized a party of 15 and was first in line to get our lawn spot on Friday. With the help of her friend Mitch, a Ravinia veteran, we staked out a spot under a tree with two tarps.
With rain in the forecast, Mitch knew we’d appreciate a leafy canopy. Too bad he wasn’t able to provide a a roaring campfire as well, because the low temperature that day was 59°F. I wound up wearing jeans, a t-shirt, arm warmers, a Ravinia hoodie, a rain poncho, a shearling vest and a free hat (from Discover) with little lights on it. And I was still chilly, especially during the sudden downpours.
The rain finally stopped in time for the show, and Gaga and Tony sounded great.
I highly recommend the experience, though you might want to bribe the weather gods to smile upon you if you take the picnic route.
The next night, we had dinner at Cibo, a new restaurant in Glencoe, Ill., in which Terri and her husband have invested.
I revisited the striped Zang Toi shorts that I posted last week, but this time I wore the complete outfit, right down to the socks.
What Wendy Wore
Top: Zang Toi (2015)
Shorts: Zang Toi (2015)
Socks: Zang Toi (2015)
Shoes: Karl Lagerfeld (1994)
That’s not a typo above: those suede shoes are truly 21 years old. I can take them to a bar and buy them a drink. They’re really not in good condition but it’s hard for me to part with them. We’ve had such a long and fulfilling relationship!