Lyric Opera Offers Public Tours for First Time Throughout Season


Anyone who has ever gone to see a production of the Lyric Opera of Chicago at the Civic Opera House has likely left with not only memories of the opera but of the majestic building it was performed in. Now you have an opportunity to tour the ornate facility.

For the first time during a season the Lyric Opera is offering public backstage tours of the Civic Opera House. While it’s called a backstage tour this tour actually starts at the front of the house at the grand foyer with its stenciled ceiling and pink and gray marble floors. You’ll then head into the art deco Ardis Krainik Theatre where you’ll get a special view of the orchestra pit. You’ll end the tour with a look behind-the-scenes where you’ll learn about the people working hard to put on such magnificent productions. The one-hour tour is great for both lovers of architecture and theater.

The 45-story office tower and two 22-story wings from the architectural firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst and White has sat like a throne along the Chicago River with its mix of art nouveau and art deco since Nov. 4, 1929. The building’s imposing nature for 86 years has pretty much demanded that there be a tour of its interior and now there is.

Backstage Tours at the Lyric will continue until April 19 at the Civic Opera House located at 20 N. Wacker Dr. The tour lasts an hour and admission is $15. For more information visit

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