Lyric Opera Chapter Community

In a Lyric Opera 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.

Chapter memberships start at $100 annually ($75 donation to the Lyric Annual Campaign and $25 for Chapter dues). You are welcome to join multiple Chapters by paying $25 for each additional Chapter dues, once the minimum $75 annual donation has been made. Further, you can add your spouse or partner for $25 per Chapter.

The Lyric Opera Chapter Community

Far West
Flossmoor Area
Hyde Park/Kenwood
Lake Geneva
Near North

Please contact Sarah Geocaris at 312-827-5673 or for more information.

Exclusive Benefits for Chapter Members!

All benefits of being a National Member ($75-$99) of Lyric Opera of Chicago:

-Exclusive gift from Lyric Opera. Redeem online for an $8 fee or visit Lyric’s Ticketing office, 20 N. Wacker Drive, 8th floor
-Invitation for two to Ryan Opera Center’s Rising Stars in Concert
-Lyric Opera membership cards


-Personal connections and camaraderie with local opera lovers in your community
-Access to all exclusive Chapter programs and activities at the member price
-Opportunity to volunteer and meet the stars at Operathon, Lyric’s annual radio marathon


A Note from Sherie Shapiro

My Fair Lady volunteer sign-up sheet

All Chapters Social Invite

All Chapters Social Reply Card

Riverside Hinsdale Ascot Races Invite

Northfield, Northwest, and Wilmette Luncheon

Near North Luncheon

Laura Bretan in Concert

Glencoe and Winnetka Spring Tea

Festa Italiana

Evanston Chapter
June 4, 2017
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
A Musical Celebration in Memory of Janet Thau
Make plans to attend an afternoon and evening of music in celebration of the life of Janet Thau. Many of us were privileged to attend the annual musical parties that she and Howard Reisman hosted in their home - this concert will be given in similar fashion. Many artists have been invited. There will be no charge to attend - come whenever you can and stay however long. The event will take place at the Merit School of Music located at 38 S Peoria St, Chicago IL.

Winnetka Chapter
June 8, 2017
The Winnetka Chapter cordially invites you to their Spring Luncheon and Annual Meeting featuring the Melodious Mamas. The event takes place at the Indian Hill Country Club, located at One Indian Hill Road, Winnetka. Tickets are $65 for members and guests. Reservations are limited and may be secured by your check.


Evanston and Near North Chapters
November 6, 2016
2:00 PM Gathering 2:30 PM Program
John Gibbons illuminates Berlioz' Les Troyens at the Liebson residence in Wilmette. Mr. Gibbons holds a PhD from the University of Chicago and teaches piano and music theory, and lectures for numberous organizations. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for guests.

Glencoe Chapter
November 15, 2016
1:00 PM
The Glencoe Chapter invites you to a student musical program with the Midwest Young Artists Music School along with a tour of the Historical Building located at 878 Lyster Rd, Highwood, IL 60010. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for guests.

Evanston, Glencoe, Northfield, Northwest, Wilmette, and Winnetka Chapters
December 4, 2016
12:00 PM Silent Auction 1:00 PM Luncheon
Holiday luncheon and silent auction featuring Catherine Martin at the Hilton Orringon Hotel located at 1710 Orrington Avenue Evanston. Catherine Martin makes her debut at Lyric singing Hecuba in Les Troyens. Her repertoire ranges from Verdi and Wagner to Strauss and Bellini. Parking for the event is free, and valet is also available. Ticket price is $65 per person.

Near North Chapter
December 11, 2016
6:00 PM Reception 6:45 PM Dinner 8:30 PM Recital
The Near North Chapter invites you to their annual holiday party at the Fortnightly Club located at 120 E. Bellevue Place. There will be a recital featuring Evan Boyer. Since graduating from the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center in the spring of 2013, Amerian bass evan Boyer has perfomred with some of the most prominent operatic and orchestral organizations, conductors, and directors, both nationally and internationally. Cash bar will be available. Discounted parking will be available: $15 for six hours. Reservations must be made by December 3rd. Tickets are $85 per person.

Riverside Chapter
December 15, 2016
6:30 PM
The Riverside Chapter invites you to their winter holiday celebration at the historic Pleasant Home located at 217 Home Avenue, Oak park IL. Tickets are $15 per person and payable at the door.

Evanston Chapter
January 15, 2017
3:00 PM
The Evanston Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago presents a recital by the distinguished pianish and teacher, Yulia Lipmanovich. The program will feature music of Chopin. The event will take place at Three Crowns Park 2323, 2323 McDaniel Avenue. The fee for Chapter members is $10 and $15 for guests. Reservations are not required.

Flossmoor Chapter
January 15, 2017

4:00 PM
The Flossmoor Chapter invites you to Pavarotti, Pasta, and Pastries presented by The Other 3 Tenors and Opera Up Close. The talented triumvirate of Warren Moulton, Franco Martorana and Simon Kyung Lee, The Other 3 Tenors dazzles with A Salute to Pavarotti including "La danza", "Ave Maria", "O sole mio", "Lolita", "Passione", and more! Paired with pasta and pastries, this is one spicy and sweet performance! From the unique vantage point of your table on the stage, you'll be looking out into the theater as your delicious journey unfolds. The event takes place at Governors State University, One University Pkwy., University Park, IL. Ticket price is $50.00 per person. Reservation deadline is January 12, 2017.

Near North Chapter
February 16, 2017
5:30 PM
The Near North Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to dinner to hear Sarah Hatten, Wig Master and Makeup Designer at Lyric Opera of Chicago. What makes a wig? What goes into the design and making of a wig? How does the wig relate to the production? What is the importance of the wig to the singer and the role being played? These are some questions that will hopefully be answered. The event takes place at the Women's Athletic Club located at 626 North Michigan Avenue. Please arrive at 5:30 PM to enjoy a cash bar followed by a shared plate dinner at 6:00 PM. The program will begin during dessert at 6:30 PM. Ticket price is $65 for Chapter members and $70 for non-members. Reservation deadline is February 11, 2017.

Flossmoor Chapter
February 26, 2017
2:00 PM
The Flossmoor Area Chapter invites you to Music Reigns!, a recital featuring Sara Su Jones, violin, acompanied by Dennis Moore of WFMT, piano. The event will take place at the Bongard Residence in Olympia Fields. There is no charge, but reservations are essential and must be made no later than February 21, 2017. 

Near North Chapter
March 21, 2017
5:30 PM
The Near North Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to hear Carl Grapentine present “A funny thing happened on the way to the opera”, a  program of operatic anecdotes and stories, with musical excerpts. The event will take place at Francesca’s on Chestnut, 200 E. Chestnut St. and will include a family-style dinner with a cash bar. Tickets are $55 for Chapter members and $60 for non-members. Reservation deadline is March 16, 2017.

Far West and Hinsdale Chapters
March 26, 2017
2:00 PM
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sing in the Lyric Opera chorus? On Sunday, March 26, at the Oak Brook Public Library, Michelle Wrighte, mezzo-soprano, and Scott Holmes, pianist and baritone, will talk about their experiences as members of the acclaimed Lyric chorus and will treat us to some operatic excerpts. This unique program, which has been especially prepared for the Far West and Hinsdale Chapters, will also include some "behind-the-scenes" anecdotes that didn't make it into the newspaper reviews. It promises to be a wonderful afternoon of singing, talking, and good humor. Tickets are $20 for members and guests.

Reservations must be made and paid for in advance; payment will not be accepted at the door.

Flossmoor Chapter
April 2, 2017
2:00 PM
The Flossmoor Area Chapter invites you to the Annual Membership Party. Enjoy the magnificent talents of John Concepcion, Tenor, accompanied by Lisa Kristina, as well as a special appearance by award-winning flutist, Michelle McGovern. The event will be held at the beautiful home of Michelle McGovern in Orland Park. There is no charge, but reservations are essential.

Hinsdale and Riverside Chapters
April 29, 2017
3:00 PM
The Hinsdale and Riverside Chapters invite you to join them for An Ascot Races Afternoon in the Turf Club of Hawthorne Race Course. From their private room you'll be able to sip on cocktails, which are available at the full cash bar, commune with fellow chapter members, watch and wager on the races through the large windows, or immerse yourself in the action, just steps away. Bonnets, hats, and black and white attire are encouraged! Tickets are $65 per person. The reservations deadline is April 17. 

Near North Chapter
April 29, 2017
11:30 AM
The Near North Chapter invites you to their spring lunch event What is it like to be a collaborative artist?  featuring pianist Shannon McGinnish, co-founder of Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, and Bridget Skaggs, mezzo-soprano. Ms. McGinnis will lead this "master class" to demonstrate the relationship between a singer and pianist. Guests will enjoy a gourmet three course lunch with an Arctic Char entree, coffee and tea, and a cash bar. The event will take place in the Michigan Room at the University Club of Chicago located at 76 East Monroe street Chicago, IL 60603. Tickets are $65 for members and $70 for non-members. Reservations must be made by April 24.

Barrington Chapter
April 30, 2017
12:30 PM
The Barrington Chapter is honored to present America's Got Talent Finalist, Laura Bretan performing Opera arias and Broadway tunes. The event will be held at the Wynstone Golf Club located at One South Wynstone Drive North Barrington, IL 60010, and will include a three-course luncheon. Tickets are $75 for Barrington Chapter members and $90 for non-members. Complimentary valet parking will be available. Reservation deadline is April 20th.

Northfield, Northwest, and Wilmette Chapters
May 4, 2017
12:00 PM
The Northfield, Northwest, and Wilmette Chapters invite you to their Spring Champagne Luncheon with tenor Brett Potts and pianist Luciano Laurentiu. Registration begins at 11:30am with the program taking place at noon and a luncheon following. The event will take place at the Indian Hill Club located at One Indian Hill Rd, Winnetka. Tickets are $65 per person. 

Glencoe and Winnetka Chapters
May 7, 2017
The Glencoe and Winnetka Chapters cordially invites you to their Spring Tea and Piano Concert by George Lepauw. This event will take place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Goldberg. Tickets are $20.00 for members and guests and free for new members. Reservation deadline is May 1st.