Food Truck Thursdays return this summer! Enjoy a variety of food and drinks and a wide range of musical performances beginning July 8, 2021. Food Truck Thursdays will run weekly from 4:30 PM to dusk from July 8 through September 9 in Jens Jensen Park - Roger Williams Ave. between St. Johns Ave. and Dean Ave.
Throughout the pandemic, the City has partnered with the Ravinia District SSA 17 property owners and business owners to promote the area and expand opportunities for pandemic-friendly dining, shopping, and services. In 2020, the Ravinia District hosted various safe, socially distanced outdoor events, including music, dining, fitness classes, and children’s activities.
Visitors returning to the Ravinia District for Food Truck Thursdays will enjoy new streetlights installed in summer 2020 as part of a streetscape project funded through the Ravinia TIF District. The Ravinia District Special Service Area 17 (SSA 17) stepped forward to provide $175,000 to fund and implement the street furnishings portion of the project, including benches, bicycle racks, and trash/recycling receptacles. The SSA represents a valuable private partner in helping realize the implementation of the streetscape plan. The new streetlights provide even lighting and comply with the City’s right-of-way lighting standards and dark skies policies. New benches face away from the street to accommodate conversations better, direct attention to businesses, and address safety concerns.
In addition, the City’s sponsor-a-planter program offers residents and business owners the opportunity to sponsor planters located throughout the Ravinia and Central Business Districts. More information is available at cityhpil.com/seasonalplanters.