The Ravinia District of Highland Park is recognized as the North Shore ‘go-to' hot spot on Thursday nights for its immensely popular Food Truck Thursdays. There is still time to see what all the buzz is about and enjoy the fabulous food and live music at the season finale on Thursday September 12 from 4:30 PM – dusk, with live music starting at 5:30 in Jens Jensen Park at the corner of Roger Williams Ave. and Dean Ave. The fun will return in 2020 with additional vendors, entertainment and Bags League.
In conjunction with the final Food Truck Thursdays, Ravinia District will also feature Highland Park Bank & Trust's Family Night Out on September 12 from 4 - 7 PM in Brown Park at the southeast corner of Burton and Roger Williams Avenues. The family event will include a bounce house, petting zoo, pony rides, food, refreshments and more.
"In its third year, Food Truck Thursdays is now a summer staple in the Ravinia District bringing out crowds to enjoy the live music, great food, and our inaugural Bags League in a family friendly atmosphere," said Katie Wiswald, Chair of the Ravinia Business District Association and Vice President at Highland Park Bank & Trust. "We love being a part of the fun with our Family Night Out as the season ends and fall approaches."
Each Thursday more than a dozen food trucks visit Dean Avenue, that cater to a dining culture that brings the family out to enjoy everything from standard kid-friendly fare to the more out-of-the-box fusion and gourmet creations. Adult beverages are available from local including Abigail's American Bistro and Ravinia Brewing Company. Family-friendly crafts and activities in Jens Jensen Park, as well as a Bags League, add to the fun.
The public is encouraged to walk, or bike along the enhanced Green Bay Trail - Robert McClory Bike Trail that leads into the charming Ravinia District, ride the Metra north or south to Ravinia Station at Roger Williams in the Ravinia Business District, or take a Pace Bus. If traveling by car, Highland Park is easily accessible via north Lake Shore Drive to Sheridan Road, US 41 and 294. Exit Clavey Road east to Green Bay Road and east on Roger Williams Avenue. Free parking is available.
Food Truck Thursdays, music in the park and the Bags League is sponsored by the Ravinia District Special Service Area 17 property owners.
Bensidoun USA operates Food Truck Thursdays in cooperation with the City of Highland Park and Ravinia District Special Service Area 17. To be a Food Truck Vendor in 2020, please contact email@example.com. Music in the park is managed by Life Rhythms. Bags League is managed by Ripple Public Relations.
ABOUT THE RAVINIA DISTRICT OF HIGHLAND PARK
The Ravinia District is comprised of an eclectic mix of small-scale businesses, popular restaurants and food specialty shops, and high-end personal and professional services. All located within a few walkable blocks, this creative, quaint, friendly and historic neighborhood offers nearly anything a person might be looking for. A lovely location to dine before of after visiting the Ravinia Festival or the Chicago Botanic Garden, Ravinia District is just east of Green Bay Road in Highland Park on Roger Williams Avenue and hosts the Ravinia stop on the Metra train service.
Ravinia District's historic roots as a getaway from Chicago for artists and other creative people led to its establishment as an artists' colony. Ravinia District remains separated from Downtown and other more commercial business areas.