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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: How do I get to the concert venue?

Answer: See a map to our venues on our Directions page.

Q: Where can I eat before the show?

Answer: If you are a season ticket holder, you’ll receive our “Music on the Menu” discount package, with discounts to local restaurants on concert nights.

Q: What do I wear?

Answer: In short, wear what makes you feel most comfortable -- you will observe some concertgoers dressed up and others dressed more casually. Most of our patrons wear casual business attire. For the comfort of all patrons, however, we ask that you refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes.

Q: How long are concerts?

Answer: On average, Masterworks Series performances last about 2 hours, including a 15-minute intermission. Salon Series performances are shorter, usually lasting about 1 hour and 15 minutes, including an intermission.

Q: When Do I Applaud?

Answer: Good question! A general rule of thumb is if you don’t know, wait for others to start. It has become customary to not clap between movements and to wait until the very end of the piece to applaud. It’s helpful to take a cue from the conductor—his body language will tell you whether you should wait a moment at the end of a somber piece, or whether you can burst out with a “Bravo!” at the end of something more energetic.

Q: Where do I park?

Answer: At the Gorton Center, parking is available in the main lot, adjacent north lot, train station parking lots, and along Illinois Road.

At the James Lumber Center, you can park in lots 4, 5, and 6. College of Lake County Parking Map

Q: Is there anything special going on before or after the show?

Answer: Yes! Before a Masterworks concert, our resident Music Historian Jim Kendros hosts a special pre-concert talk, where you can get some insight on the performance and guest artists. After, we hold a post-concert reception where patrons can mingle with musicians, Maestro and guest artists, while sipping complimentary wine and enjoying snacks provided by the Lake Forest Symphony Guild. Our Salon Series performances are a little more informal, where you can come as early as 7pm to enjoy complimentary wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres and take them with you into the performance that begins at 8pm.


Music on the Menu

Lake Forest Symphony season ticket holders can ease into the mood of the evening with an elegant dining experience. The restaurants participating in our Music on the Menu Dining Pass program offer discounts on concert night to our subscribers with their Symphony Dining Pass in hand. If you did not receive your dining pass with your subscription tickets, please call the Symphony office at 847-295-2135.

The restaurants listed here will give the indicated discount off the final bill on one dinner per pass per concert weekend. Not valid with any other offer. Good only on concert evenings or afternoons. Be sure to inform the restaurant that you have a Lake Forest Symphony Dining Pass. Note: Dining Pass participants are subject to change.

Café Pomigliano (10% off)
160 E Cook Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048

Francesca’s Intimo (10% off)
293 E Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045

Inovasi (Sat only) (10% off)
28 E Center Ave., Lake Bluff, IL 60044

Froggy’s French Cafe (15% off)
306 Green Bay Rd., Highwood, IL 60045

Ristorante Bottaio (20% off)
946 N Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048

Steven’s Steak House (10% off)
401 N Riverside Dr., Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 599-8533

Have more questions?

Contact the Patron Services Manager, Taylor Scott at (847) 553-4319 or