The Lyric Opera House is a majestic setting for entertaining on any scale.

The Lyric Opera House, home to Lyric Opera of Chicago, is one of Chicago's historic landmarks and among the world's most beautiful buildings. Built in 1929 and fully restored in 1996, the Lyric Opera House is a hybrid of art nouveau and art deco designs, a majestic setting for entertaining on any scale. Support the arts by planning your next event in one of the finest venues in the world!

World class concerts in one of Chicago's historic landmarks.

The Lyric Opera House is a world class concert venue and has featured artists including David Byrne, Bryan Ferry, Seal, Andrew Bird, Wilco, John Legend, and Straight No Chaser.

The 3,563-seat Ardis Krainik Theatre is the second-largest opera auditorium in North America and offers the largest stage in downtown Chicago. Excellent sightlines, premium acoustics, and intricate architectural detailing make for a fantastic and unique venue. The theatre, spacious back-of-house, lobby, grand foyer, and four private dining rooms are available to rent for public ticketed and private events

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Host your wedding or private event in one of the world's most beautiful buildings.

The theater, spacious back-of-house, lobby, and grand foyer are available to rent for weddings and receptions. Four private dining rooms are also available for more intimate events, bridal showers, or to be used as suites for the wedding party.

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Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Grand Foyer

Create a spectacular first impression for your guests as they walk into the shimmering Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Grand Foyer.

The beautiful three-level theatre foyer accommodates standing receptions for up to 700 (1,100 with both the foyer and mezzanine). The lobby features ceilings adorned with hand-detailed ornamentation, gilded balconies, and ornate fixtures, providing a canvas of décor and ambient lighting. It is an elegant, spacious, and versatile venue for any occasion, perfect for gala auctions, weddings, cocktails, meetings, or seated dinners for up to 200 guests.

Amenities include house bars, highboy tables, backstage tours, house lighting, sound equipment, and direct vendor access from Wacker Drive.

I attended a wedding at the Lyric Opera House — it was so beautiful! Both the ceremony and reception were held there. Its high ceilings and expansive spaces made the space such an elegant and unique place for a wedding. We gathered in the mezzanine for cocktail hour. The views were gorgeous.


Banquet capacity: 200
Standing: 700
Standing using both main floor and mezzanine: 1,100
Theater-Style: 356

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Experience the possibilities that exist behind the curtain!

The Ardis Krainik Theatre seats up to 3,700 and is available for concerts, graduations, presentations, conferences, productions and more. The stage is also the perfect setting for private dinners, weddings, galas, and standing receptions.

Attendees will be amazed to see the backdrop raise to reveal your reception onstage and the spacious back-of-house area allows wait staff to provide world-class service from just behind the curtain. Let our professional staff will run the show, allowing you to focus on the success of your event, and showcase your creativity with state-of-the-art in-house lighting, sound, and scenery.

Amenities include open orchestra pit, wide wing space, house lighting and sound equipment, platforms, drops, cyclorama, back-of-house with private and group dressing rooms, production offices, and two docks with interior vehicle access.

The [Lyric] Opera House hits a high note with locals as an amazing non-traditional venue.



Banquet: 350
Banquet with Scalable build-outs: 500 - 1,100
Standing: 500 on-stage
Total Theatre Seating: 3,563
Total Theatre Seating with pit build-out at house level: 3,703

Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room

The beautiful Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room is a gorgeous space designed to echo the décor and architecture of the Lyric Opera House.

The Pedersen Room is a restaurant, located at street level just off the Rice Grand Foyer. Amenities include restaurant-style seating, elegant bar, prep kitchen, house sound system, and private restrooms.

Dining capacity: 72
Standing capacity: 100

William B. and Catherine Graham Room

The William B. and Catherine Graham Room is a hidden gem ideal for events with transitions, breakout rooms, expanding foyer event capacity, and hosting VIPs.

The Graham Room comprises five adjoining salons with richly appointed décor and is located on the second-floor mezzanine level. It can be accessed through either the opera house or office tower entrance. Amenities include elevator access, banquet tables, chairs, lounge furniture, full kitchen, private restrooms, and a coat room.

The Graham Room is the perfect site for a swinging after party!

Susan Cordogan, Big City Bride


Banquet: 120
Standing: 238
Theatre-Style: 100



Malott Room

The Malott Room offers a bright and private setting for your corporate meeting, brunch, press event, bridal suite, Green Room, or private reception while attending the opera.

This intimate salon is located on the second-floor mezzanine level and is easily accessible from the foyer. Amenities include elevator access, highboy tables and lounge furniture.

Banquet: 50
Standing: 75
Theater-Style: 60

Florian Opera Bistro

The lively Florian Opera Bistro provides a European bistro-style atmosphere.

The Bistro features a stunning collection of photographs and costume display from Lyric's celebrated past and exciting present.
The Florian Bistro is located off the third-floor theater lobby and includes amenities such as restaurant-style seating, ample bar, prep kitchen, house sound system, and elevator access.

Banquet: 136
Standing: 200