March 06, 2019

Wine Auction 2018


On January 15, 1988, The Women’s Board of Lyric Opera of Chicago presented its first Wine Auction in The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Grand Foyer. Since then, the Women’s Board’s Wine Auctions (initially held every two years and since 1994 every three years) have raised over nine million dollars for Lyric. This will be the twelfth Wine Auction at Lyric. This year, we commemorate the event’s 30th anniversary with Wine Auction 2018 on Saturday, April 14. It is our most sincere privilege to welcome Château Margaux as our Honored Guest and celebrate Shirley Welsh Ryan as our Honoree.

Wine Auction is lauded by many as Lyric’s most elegant evening, and there are many ways to get involved, even from the comfort of your own home. Our mobile and online bidding options make it easy for you to browse our amazing lots; from luxury trips around the world and rare bottles of wine to dinner with Sir Andrew Davis, there is something perfect for everyone! Online bidding opened March 26, and you can register using the link on our Wine Auction webpage.

Under the passionate leadership of Women’s Board President and Wine Auction Co-Chair Nancy S. Searle and Co-Chair Keith Goldstein, Wine Auction 2018 is projected to be our most successful auction to date! Make no mistake—an event such as this takes the time, support, and efforts of every member of the generous Lyric family, including you. This incredible commitment ensures the success of Lyric’s future.

Interested in attending Wine Auction 2018? The Women’s Board Office can be reached by calling 312.827.5682 or by emailing for more information. We hope you can join us! Cheers!

Photos: Robert Kusel