Welcome to Do North

Chicago Botanic Garden, Kohl Children’s Museum, Ravinia Festival and Writers’ Theatre focus on proximity and special offers to transform northern suburbs into a cultural destination.

Four of the Chicago area’s most acclaimed cultural attractions-Chicago Botanic Garden, Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago, Ravinia Festival and Writers’ Theatre-have joined forces to create an umbrella organization called Do North that will help transform the north suburbs into a cultural destination. Information and special offers can be found at the newly launched website donorth.org.

The concept was born during a meeting last year of the not-for-profit organizations’ four top administrators who recognized that while they together attract nearly two million visitors each year because of easy accessibility by major highways, Metra trains and Pace buses, and bicycle trails, their patrons are, for the most part, residents of Cook and Lake Counties. By pooling some resources as Do North, the organizations intend to broaden their appeal and international recognition, and attract an expanded audience of visitors from around the nation and world. The four institutions offer a unique complement of indoor and outdoor activities—concerts, theater, children’s exhibits, and the natural world—that appeal and are accessible to people from diverse backgrounds. The initial four organizations will explore growth opportunities for Do North that could include partnerships with restaurants, hotels, chambers of commerce, visitor and tourist bureaus and shopping centers to cement the northern suburbs’ commercial viability as a renown cultural destination.