Words and Music
Chicago Public Library and Ravinia Festival proudly offer the Words and Music program. Each summer, patrons may visit any library location to pick up free lawn passes to selected Ravinia Festival concerts. Lawn passes are made available at the beginning of the Ravinia Festival season. Enhance an evening under the stars at Ravinia by first exploring the music collection of your neighborhood Chicago Public Library.
Chicago Public Library cardholders may obtain a limited number of Ravinia lawn passes at any Chicago Public Library branch, Sulzer and Woodson Regional Libraries, and the Music Information Center on the eighth floor of the Harold Washington Library Center. The Words and Music program allows you to learn firsthand about the world of music offered at Ravinia Festival and Chicago Public Library.
- Anyone 18 or older with a valid Chicago Public Library card may obtain Words and Music lawn passes.
- A maximum of two Words and Music lawn passes a concert and four passes a day may be obtained at all library locations.
- Words and Music lawn passes may not be reserved in advance.
One Score, One Chicago
Borrowing a page from the Chicago Public Library’s One Book, One Chicago program, Ravinia Festival launched One Score, One Chicago in 2003 to highlight an important piece of music each season. One Score, One Chicago gives a deeper understanding of music to wider audiences, demonstrating that classical music is a living, changing art form and connecting the city through classical music.