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Ravinia Cancels All Concerts, Events This Summer

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CHICAGO — Ravinia has canceled its summer season.

The popular North Shore festival grounds was supposed to host concerts from the Beach Boys, John Legend, Andrew Bird and more this summer. But, for the first time since the Great Depression, it’s canceling the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ravinia wanted to prioritize the healthy and safety of performers, workers and the audience, said CEO and President Welz Kauffman in a statement.

People who had already purchased tickets can receive refunds or vouchers for future shows. They can also convert the money into a tax-deductible donation, which is “much-needed” during this time, according to Ravinia.

Ravinia has operated continually since 1904, though it temporarily closed 1932-35 due to the Great Depression, according to the festival.

This year, it had a full schedule lined up with 120 events June 12-Sept. 16.

Many other festivals and concerts have been postponed or canceled due to the pandemic.

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