Lyric Opera of Chicago

Terms of Use

Individual Ticket Sales

All individual ticket sales are final. There are no refunds. Exchanges may be possible (subject to availability; fees may apply). Offers are subject to availability, are non-transferable, are not valid on previously purchased tickets or in combination with another offer; only specially-allocated seat locations can be assigned. Offer may expire at discretion of management. Percent discount solely applied to initial full price; prices are subject to change. Exchanges may be possible but are not guaranteed/discount does not carryover to exchanged date. Fees may apply.

Subscription Ticket Sales

Subscription sales are final after September 10.

Please know that we cannot make new seat assignments until the completion of our renewal campaign.  Our ability to fulfill your request is contingent upon your specific request, the results of our renewal campaign, the date of your order and our long-standing policy specifying that seating priorities go to annual contributors based on level of giving.

Fully paid subscription tickets showing specific seat assignments will be mailed around Labor Day.

Subscription purchase payment plans:
If you've paid 50% the balance is automatically charged to same credit card 30 days after order date. If paying by check, balance due in 30 days will be invoiced.
If you've paid 25% the balance is automatically charged to same credit card in 3 equal monthly installments commencing 30 days after order date. 25% option expired June 1.
Please contact the Ticket Department. if there are any changes to your credit card number or expiration date.

Subscription Statuses:
RENEW:  same series, section & seats
IMPROVE:  same series & section, different seats
CHANGE:  different series &/ or section
NEW:   no prior year subscription 
MULTIPLE:  more than one series / section;  not all are Renewals


NExT Ticket Sales

Lyric Opera NExT is restricted to full-time, degree-seeking college and university students. Continuing education, part-time, and high school students do not qualify. NExT registrants will be notified via email when NExT tickets become available for a performance.

Each NExT ticketholder must present his/her ticket AND his/her own valid college ID to the usher for entry into the theater (i.e., if you purchased 2 student tickets both you and your guest must present a valid college ID to the usher).

We encourage early arrival to avoid long lines. No late seating, no admittance while the performance is in progress.

Tickets are sold in advance; online purchases only. No rush tickets. No refunds. Seat locations are assigned on a first-come, first-seated basis and cannot be changed after purchase. Cast subject to change. The management reserves the right to refund ticket purchase price and refuse admission to any person who may cause a disturbance. License granted herein may be revoked upon refund of purchase price.


Child Tickets

Lyric may offer Child tickets for school-age children up to age 17. For the 2013/14 season, Child tickets are offered for The Family Barber and all performances of The Barber of Seville. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No babes in arms or lapsitting. Child tickets subject to availability. All ticket sales are final. No refunds; Child ticket prices may not be applied retroactively should a child attend with you.

Subscription Ticket Exchanges

In the event you exchange into a lower price section or performance, we regret we cannot refund the difference.  Subscription ticket exchanges are subject to availability. Exchange fees may apply. Click here for more details.


Performance attendance

The management reserves the right to refuse admission to any person who may cause a disturbance.

The use of a ticket acknowledges a willingness to appear in photographs or video taken for print, television, or film in the public areas of the theater and releases Lyric Opera of Chicago from liability resulting from the use of such photographs.

Please be on time

All performances begin promptly, and there are no refunds for latecomers.

Latecomers will be admitted only at a suitable break in the performance, and seating location will be at the discretion of the management. If you are late, it may not be possible to seat you until the interval; if the production has no interval, you may not be admitted at all.

Leaving and coming back

If you leave your seat during the performance, and our late seating call has occurred, we will reseat you at the next interval.

Merchandise Sales

Merchandise items will be shipped within 4 weeks and cannot be shipped to a PO Box address. Season Companions and Libretti for the upcoming season are shipped beginning in August. Items ordered together may not necessarily be shipped together. All merchandise sales are final. There are no refunds, and exchanges are allowed only for different sizes of the same merchandise item and are limited by availability.



The Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room

Please arrive on time. Pre-performance reservations will be held for up to 15 minutes past the reserved seating time.

To cancel or reschedule a reservation, please call the Reservation Hotline.
312.827.5700 (9 am – 5 pm weekdays, 10 am – 5 pm Saturdays, 10 am – curtain Sunday matinees)

Entry to the restaurant is through the Civic Opera House after presentation of tickets.


Ryan Opera Center Auditions

Please note that credit-card processing of the application fee does not guarantee that an audition will be granted. If granted an audition, your $25 application fee is not refundable. If no audition is granted, the fee will be refunded to your credit card immediately.