Chapter Community

About the Lyric Chapters

In a Lyric Chapter, opera lovers of all ages get together to enjoy lectures, musical performances, events, volunteer opportunities, and each other's company. Each Chapter is chartered with the dual purpose of providing educational programs in their communities and raising money to support community engagement and educational programs at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Your annual Chapter membership commitment includes $25 dues and a minimum contribution of $75. 

Your spouse or partner is welcomed to join with an additional dues payment of $25.

You are welcome to join additional Chapters with an additional dues payment of $25 per Chapter.

Join a Chapter today!

Chapter Community

  • Barrington & NW Suburban
  • Evanston
  • Glencoe-Wilmette
  • Hinsdale
  • Lake Geneva
  • Near North
  • Northfield 
  • Riverside
  • Winnetka

Chapter member engagement opportunities

  • Educational and volunteer opportunities in your community
  • Social gatherings with other opera lovers in your community
  • Lectures, musical performances, and events
  • Access to programs at all 9 Lyric Community Chapters
  • Connection with a vast network of Chicagoland opera lovers
  • Member pricing for any community chapter program, including those offered by other chapters

Upcoming Chapter events

August 4, 2021, 1:00 PM
Near North Chapter
A book discussion led by Dorothy Kuechl

Maria Callas, An Intimate Biography by Anne Edwards accurately details the story of Maria Callas – her loves, her life, and her music. Edwards describes the men who marked Callas forever including the homosexual director whom she loved; her husband who was more than 30 years her senior and used her for his own ambitions, and finally, Aristotle Onassis who ended their affair for Jacqueline Kennedy. Edwards discloses the real woman who was Maria Callas. 

Available from Kindle for $11.99; Hardcover for $29.75; and Paperback for $23.99

Participation is free and all are welcome.

If you have any questions or want to join the discussion, email

A link will be sent to your email approximately 24 hours prior to the book discussion. 


June 2, 2021, 4:00 PM
Near North Chapter
What Happens Next — An Inside View

The Lyric 2021/22 season is coming this Fall, as Chicago opens arts venues. This is an opportunity to get an Inside view of what is going on and what is planned for the future, in addition to seeing yoru Chapter friends and enjoying in-person time and discussion.

The cost of the What Happens Next — An Inside View cocktail party is $48 per person.

  • Open bar and hors d'oeuvres at 4:00 PM
  • Program begins at 5:00 PM 
  • Following the program, there will be dinner in the restaurant at your own expense. We will make reservations if you wish to join.

Please email Erika Erich at to sign up for the event.


Michael Smallwood
Vice President and Technical Director
Allan and Elaine Muchin Endowed Chair

Michael will offer an inside view of theatre and operations including the new seats

Meaghan Stainback
Philanthropy Officer

Meaghan will offer a glimpse of re-opening after our time away

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Photos: Kyle Flubacker