Lyric Opera of Chicago
Lyric Opera of Chicago
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Lyric Opera of Chicago amazes, inspires, and engages audiences with powerful live performances that resonate long after the curtain falls. We strive to advance artistic excellence, to attract new audiences, to engage and inspire diverse communities with the power of opera and compelling storytelling—and to increase the gravitational pull of our art form, our company, and our city.
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Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
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  • Washington/Wells • 4 min walk
  • Quincy • 6 min walk
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  • Hector Bolanos
    Chicago, Illinois48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place, very classy.
    Recently saw "The Flying Dutchman" at the Civic Opera House. Nice production, very classy. Even though I was at the back of the theater, the acoustics of the hall were so good that I could still hear everything clearly. The interior was a little confusing and they could use more signs directing people where to go, but the staff was helpful and made up for it. All in all, a very nice experience.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 7, 2023
  • EJJourney
    Orland Park, Illinois602 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cinderella at the Lyric
    Saw Cinderella. Good show, attended the prefecture, very interesting. Some surprising elements to the production, kept my interest. Well done. Great venue w art deco architecture, good acoustics, and comfortable seats. Appreciate the support staff in ladies restrooms moving the line along. If you go, so well worth it....some tips...short walk from both Union and LaSalle metra stations (I used LaSalle), and discounted parking at Poetry garage by Opera House. Refreshments available.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 8, 2024
  • Jim M
    Chelsea, Michigan370 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent music experience
    This was the reason we came to Chicago for a Spring trip. We saw Verdi's "Aida", and we weren't disappointed by the venue, production, main cast, choir, and dancers. The venue is plush and the sonics are incomparable. We enjoyed the production of the opera and left the place very moved by what we had seen.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 16, 2024
  • MaDier90
    Boston, Massachusetts254 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Aida at the Lyric Opera house
    Just saw Aida in this gorgeous art deco opera house. I'm glad I splurged on front orchestra seats since this is a large hall. The production was magnificent with outstanding principals and excellent acoustics. Higl=hly recommended! Absolutely on par with NY Metropolitan Opera.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 25, 2024
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Foodie
Florida425 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Where did this production of Aida take place? It’s a mystery! I know the opera, and have seen it several times, but this version was totally, uh…. Let me guess, Innovative??? I wasn’t sure if it was an Asian motif or… well, I don’t know.? It certainly didn’t identify with Egypt. And where was the parade of exotic animals in the Triumphant? Not one! The sound was temperamental also. There were times when we could not hear, especially the Princess. And the costuming was barely adequate. Nothing grand in this diluted version. In my estimation, this was a low-budget production, of what was intended to be a spectacle opera. Raise the barre please for those of us who know what we came to see. I would have preferred to stay home and listen to a recording and use my past experiences of seeing this beautiful opera come to life, rather than what I saw at the Lyric.
Written April 9, 2024
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MaDier90
Boston, MA254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Just saw Aida in this gorgeous art deco opera house. I'm glad I splurged on front orchestra seats since this is a large hall. The production was magnificent with outstanding principals and excellent acoustics. Higl=hly recommended! Absolutely on par with NY Metropolitan Opera.
Written March 25, 2024
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Jim M
Chelsea, MI370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was the reason we came to Chicago for a Spring trip. We saw Verdi's "Aida", and we weren't disappointed by the venue, production, main cast, choir, and dancers. The venue is plush and the sonics are incomparable. We enjoyed the production of the opera and left the place very moved by what we had seen.
Written March 16, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

EJJourney
Orland Park, IL602 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Saw Cinderella. Good show, attended the prefecture, very interesting. Some surprising elements to the production, kept my interest. Well done.
Great venue w art deco architecture, good acoustics, and comfortable seats.
Appreciate the support staff in ladies restrooms moving the line along.
If you go, so well worth it....some tips...short walk from both Union and LaSalle metra stations (I used LaSalle), and discounted parking at Poetry garage by Opera House.
Refreshments available.
Written February 8, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Hector Bolanos
Chicago, IL48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Recently saw "The Flying Dutchman" at the Civic Opera House. Nice production, very classy. Even though I was at the back of the theater, the acoustics of the hall were so good that I could still hear everything clearly. The interior was a little confusing and they could use more signs directing people where to go, but the staff was helpful and made up for it. All in all, a very nice experience.
Written December 7, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Linda M
Guilford, NY80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I saw the wonderful ballet , Frankenstein, here and although i had a ticket in an upper balcony, i really enjoyed the ballet and the wonderful view of the hall itself.
Written October 25, 2023
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Kim N
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The musical was fantastic. However we were left with a negative feeling because of some of the rude staff we encountered at the Lyric Opera House. From not wanted to be bothered with a question to being practically pushed out at the end because they were in a hurry. I’ve never had an experience at a theater like that before.
Written June 11, 2023
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Sheila L
Crystal Lake520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This past March I took a friend to the opera with me to see Tosca. We had a great time experiencing box seats for the first time! I highly recommend the box seats, and would purchase them again because of the excellent view and privacy. Totally worth the price! We also enjoyed dinner after the Sunday matinee at the Florian in the opera house. That was also an enjoyable experience.
Written December 14, 2022
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Natalie S
Colorado Springs, United States26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
What a fabulous venue to experience The Nutcracker! Such a beautiful place and the staff was amazing. It was a very special evening for a group of 8 ladies who came to Chicago from all over the country to spend time together.
I'd like to especially thank your usher Cal for his kindness and care. I am type 1 diabetic and needed to exit the ballet to control my blood sugar. Cal was very attentive and kind to me and made sure I was doing okay. He's a caring and kind employee!
Written December 13, 2022
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Anita L
Endicott, NY62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
The feeling of awe as we stepped into this ancient monument capped off our wonderful first trip to Greece. There was such a connection to our ancestors stepping into their theater and sitting with so many others preparing to watch something we might not understand, but to sit under the stars absorbing the atmosphere was phenomenal.
Written June 6, 2022
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