No other theatre in the world is quite like Chicago theatre. It’s real, elevated to an intensity you cannot turn away from. Even on your first visit, you can feel it. From joy to heartache and every feeling in between, Chicago’s exceptional ensemble of talent provides exhilarating experiences that make audiences come alive. Rising from a city of innovators, risk-takers, and big hearts, Chicago theatre is a hotbed for exciting new work and hundreds of world premieres every year. From the jaw-dropping productions of Broadway In Chicago to the intimate and honest storefront plays and improv, the spirit of the city can be found in our 200+ theatres. To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must experience our theatre. This is where the city bares its fearless soul. Book your next show today! Learn more at ChicagoPlays.com or find half-price deals at HotTix.org.
Situated on the Chicago River, the historic Lyric Opera House is just as beautiful as the performances that take place on its stage.
First opened in 1929, the Lyric Opera House holds the second largest opera auditorium in North America with more than 3,500 seats. Designed by Anderson, Probst, and White, the Rice Grand Foyer and Ardis Krainik Theatre are a stunning mix of Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles.
With no interrupted sight lines, and perfectly engineered acoustics, the Lyric Opera House ranks among the leading opera houses in the world.
With eight main stage operas, a contemporary chamber opera, special concerts and events, backstage tours, Family Day, and a grand-scale Broadway musical, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Lyric.
Experience the greatest singers of our time along with the acclaimed Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus. From laugh-out-loud comedies to heart-wrenching dramas, opera is the perfect way to escape your daily life through characters and stories that truly resonate.
Opera combines all of the world’s greatest art forms -- singing, orchestral music, dance, design, and more -- on one stage, making for an extraordinary theatrical experience.
If you’ve never been to the opera, here are a few things you should know: • Tickets are reasonably priced, starting at just $20 per title with discounted tickets available • Most operas are sung in a different language with English translations projected over the stage • There are three restaurants and multiple bars available on each floor of the opera house • Lyric Opera has no formal dress code • Opera singers are heard over an orchestra of 70 or more musicians without microphones
Did you know that 2019 is the Year of Chicago Theatre? Home to a community of creators, risk-takers, and big hearts, Chicago theatre is a hotbed for exciting new work and hundreds of world premieres every year. From joy to heartache and every feeling in between, Chicago’s exceptional ensemble of talent provides exhilarating experiences that make audiences come alive. This spirit of Chicago theatre is found in all of our neighborhoods, from downtown theatres to behind the storefronts, in a diverse collection of over 200 dynamic theatres. Learn more at ChicagoPlays.com.