Private Events and Venue Hire
World class concerts in one of Chicago's historic landmarks.
The Civic Opera House is a world class concert venue and has featured artists including David Byrne, Bryan Ferry, Seal, Andrew Bird and Wilco. The 3,563-seat theater is the second-largest opera auditorium in North America and holds the largest stage in downtown Chicago.
Excellent sightlines, premium acoustics, and intricate architectural detailing make for a fantastic and unique venue.
Lyric Opera's Civic Opera House is one of Chicago's historic landmarks and among the world's most beautiful buildings. Built in 1929 and fully restored in 1996, the Civic Opera House is a hybrid of Art Nouveau and Art Deco designs and a majestic setting for entertaining on any scale.
The theater, spacious back of house, lobby and grand foyer, and four private dining rooms are available to rent for public ticketed and private events.
See the tabs below for more detailed information about each facility.
Create a spectacular first impression for your guests as they walk off the red carpet into the shimmering Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Grand Foyer.
The beautiful theatre lobby accommodates standing receptions in the main floor foyer for up to 700 (1100 with both the foyer and mezzanine) and is ideal for gala auctions, weddings, cocktails, meetings, or seated dinners for up to 150.
"I attended a wedding at the Civic 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." - theknot.com
Provide a seamless registration experience in the lobby with built-in coatroom that allows guests to make a grand entrance. Hand-detailed ornamentation adorns the ceiling, balconies, and fixtures, providing existing decor and ambient lighting. The three-level theater foyer is an elegant, spacious, and versatile venue for any occasion.
Amenities include house bars, highboy tables, costume displays, backstage tours, house lighting, sound equipment and direct vendor access from Madison Street.
Banquet capacity: 150.
Theater-style capacity: 356.
Street-level standing capacity: 700; 1100 using both main floor and mezzanine.
Experience the possibilities that exist behind the curtain!
The Ardis Krainik Theatre seats up to 3,600 and is available for concerts, graduations, presentations, productions and more. The stage is also the perfect setting for private dinners, galas and standing receptions.
"The Civic Opera House hits a high note with locals as an amazing non-traditional venue." —Examiner
Experience the possibilities at the opera. Amaze your attendees with a performance by flourishing opera singers and watch the backdrop rise to reveal your banquet onstage.
The spacious back-of-house area allows wait staff to provide world-class service from just behind the curtain, and our professional staff will run the show, allowing you to focus on the success of your event. Show 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.
Banquet capacity: 350 540 with orchestra pit build-out 1,100 with full build-out + box seating
Standing capacity: 800 Theater-style capacity: 448
Total theater seating capacity: 3,563
The beautiful Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room is a gorgeous space designed to echo the décor and architecture of the Civic 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
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 decor.
"The Graham Room is the perfect site for a swinging after party!"— Susan Cordogan, Big City Bride
The Graham Room is located on the second-floor mezzanine level and can be accessed through either the opera house or office tower entrance. Amenities include elevator access, banquet tables, chairs, lounge furniture, piano, full kitchen, private restrooms, and a coat room.
Capacity: Accommodates up to 238 for a standing reception, 100 theatre style and 150 seated.
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 accommodates 75 for a standing reception or theatre style and 50 seated.
The Malott Room 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 capacity: 50
Standing capacity: 75
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.
Dining capacity: 136
Standing capacity: 200