|A 1907 Postcard of the Entrance to Ravinia Park.|
|Described by one 1904 reviewer as a ‘majestic grandstand’ and dubbed ‘The Stadium’ by Ravinia Park owner Chicago & Milwaukee Electric Railroad, the Ravinia Park Stadium sat 2,500 visitors and could be viewed from passing trains.|
|Old Sanborn Fire map of Ravinia Amusement Park, Highland Park, IL. c.1905|
The prairie-style Martin Theatre (then named Ravinia Theatre) is the only building on the grounds that dates back to the original construction.
Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.
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Ravinia had a few carnival rides, ice skating rink in the winter, picnic grounds and 28 room Hotel. The stadium was used for baseball and football games. North Shore line R.R. was still promoting baseball games there in 1922. NSL had their own League, Highwood,Highland Park and Glencoe each had a team. The annual Awards dinner was held at the original Moraine Hotel on Sheridan Road in Highland Park. Ravinia Park what's to be built years earlier, but politician/land Speculator William Hogan convinced the railroad to build the park in Highwood instead. The Highwood park was not as fancy and served Wine and Beer. In 1906 it was closed because it became a public nuisance. In 1908 it burnt down. The land eventually became part of Fort Sheridan military base along with the old St John's settlement on the lakefront. Both parks were promoted as the finest family amusement park west of New York.ReplyDelete
Fort Sheridan Amusement Park, Highwood. (1898-1908)Delete