Top 12 of Ravinia 2012

RedEye Sound Board

Break out the picnic basket.

The  Ravinia Festival, a suburban Chicago tradition, officially announced its 2012 schedule today. We’ll save you the trouble of looking through the entire three-month calendar; here are the top 12 shows that might interest you. (Tickets on sale April 26 at

Earth, Wind and Fire
Saturday, June 9. $33-$75.
Chicago legends.

Iron and Wine, Dr. John
Sunday, June 10. $27-$55.
Interesting mix of energy and quiet.

Al Green
Friday, June 15. $16-$60.
He just wants to love you, baby.

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
Sunday, June 24. $27-$80.
Actor. Comedian. Banjo player.

Esperanza Spalding
Monday, June 25. $22-$55.
One of the biggest young names in jazz.

Colbie Caillat, Gavin DeGraw
Friday, June 29. $22-$55.
Expect a lot of couples.

Jake Shimabukuro
Sunday, July 1. $16-$45.
You won’t believe with he does with a ukulele.

Idina Menzel with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, July 8. $10-$90.
“Wicked” fans rejoice.

Monday, July 9. $38-$100.
Stick to the old stuff, man.

The Blues Brothers starring Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi
Wednesday, July 11. $27-$70.
As close as you can get to the original.

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Wednesday, July 18. $27-$55.
Legendary guitarist plus a big ol’ blues voice.

Sunday, July 22. $33-$80.
The guy needs support. As anyone would post-Heidi.

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