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History of Ravinia

History of Ravinia School, Part 2: The First School House, 1897-1913

Sunday, October 16, 2016

By Elliott Miller

By the 1890s, South School was judged inadequate to handle the student population in the area.  Children from 25 families in the western part of the district were being sent to school in Deerfield, and some children in the southern portion of the district attended school in Glencoe.

Special elections were held at South School.  All eligible (i.e., male) voters were notified to be on hand and vote for the new schoolhouse.  The ballots were slips of paper on which was printed FOR or AGAINST in large type at the top of the ballot. Voters chose a ballot and inserted it into the ballot box.

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Your Invitation to a Once-in-a-Century Event

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

By Amy Lohmolder

One hundred years ago, On November 22, 1913 our Ravinia predecessors proudly “lit a fire” dedicating a civic center that would become a wellspring of creativity, service and Ravinia community for decades to come. On Friday, November 22, 2013, exactly 100 years to the date, Ravinia Neighbors Association, in cooperation with the Highland Park Historical Society and the Highland Park Woman’s Club, will host the “Ravinia Village House Centennial Celebration” in commemoration of the christening of the village house and the remarkable era it ushered in.  Read More

A New Look for an Old House

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

By Lynne Jungman

The Highland Park Historical Preservation Commission selected the house at 501 Burton Avenue for its prestigious award, " best restoration" of an existing home in 2011. Many Ravinia neighbors had watched its transformation from drab to delightful. It presents now an inviting, picture-postcard loveliness. Read More

History of Ravinia Festival

Ravinia Festival

Ravinia is home to the oldest and the largest music summer festival in the United States, Ravinia Festival, which goes back to 1904. Today Ravinia Festival is a place where you can meet up with your friends, have a wonderful time and hear some of the greatest music in the world. It also is the summer home for the world-renowned Chicago Symphony. Read more about how it all got started:


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