With summer residence at the prestigious Ravinia Festival during the summer, and in Symphonic Center of Chicago in the winter months, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra continues as a major worldwide symphonic organization. The orchestra was founded in 1891, and the Ravinia Festival was established in 1936.
A long line of world class conductors have led the orchestra. In 2010 Ricardo Muti took over for Daniel Barenboim, who was preceded by Sir Georg Solti. Seji Ozawa, James Levine and Christoph Eschenbach have all held the title Ravinia Festival Director. The orchestra has an extensive discography with 62 Grammy Awards. Radio broadcasts began in 1925, with video-taped telecasts in the early â??60s under the famed conductor, Fritz Reiner.