Lyric News, Events & Offers for October 2019

The Pleasure & Convenience of On-Premises Dining & Drinking at Lyric

Make your afternoon or evening at Lyric even more enjoyable with Lyric's on-site dining and beverage options. Whether you're a regular at one of our Lyric Opera restaurants, or have yet to join us for a meal, you're invited to experience dining at Lyric for yourself. 

The casual and chic Florian Opera Bistro (3rd floor) and the elegant Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room (street level) feature enticing new fall menus. 

The William B. and Catherine Graham Room is Lyric's luxurious dining room for annual contributors of $7,500 and above. Enjoy innovative cuisine and an extraordinary wine list in an exclusive club atmosphere with private lounges and cloakroom.


  • Lyric offers elegant Afternoon Tea Service before all Sunday matinees and prior to all Ring performances. Reservations required.

  • Lyric’s Celebration Package can be enjoyed at intermission – a beautiful piece of Opera Cake and a glass of sparkling wine. Reservations required.

  • Cheers! Champagne Bar offers a sparkling array of international and domestic bubbles; open for most performances in the Rice Grand Foyer between aisles 3 and 4

Avoid long lines at intermission with the Lyric Opera Drink app!

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Saturday, October 19 at 10:00 a.m

Open House Chicago

Join us on Saturday, October 19 from 10am-2pm and take a tour of the historic Lyric Opera House during this year’s Open House Chicago. Learn about the Chicago landmark built by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White in 1929 and marvel at the Art Nouveau and Art Deco architectural designs that have awed Lyric patrons for over 65 years!

Patrons will also receive access to a virtual tour of the Lyric Opera House and have the opportunity for a chance to win tickets to an upcoming Lyric Opera production. 

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Saturday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m

Lyric Halloween Masquerade hosted by the Lyric Young Professionals

Attracting hundreds of exquisitely costumed guests for an evening of eating, drinking, and dancing in the stunning art deco interior of the opera house, this unique Halloween experience attracts the "movers and shakers" among Chicago's young charitable professionals, all raising significant funds for The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center.

*Must be 21+ to attend

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Ryan Opera Center Recital Series on WFMT

Mark your calendar and tune in to WFMT 98.7FM on the first Sunday of each month at 7:00pm for the Ryan Opera Center Recital Series.

Upcoming Broadcasts: 

  • Sunday, October 6, featuring Emily Pogorelc and new 2020|21 Ensemble pianist, Christopher Reynolds
  • Sunday, November 3, featuring Kathleen Felty, Anthony Reed, and Ryan Opera Center Music Director Craig Terry
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Thursday, October 31 at 6:00 p.m

Sister Helen Prejean Featured at Chicago Humanities Festival 

In collaboration with the Chicago Humanities Festival, Sister Helen Prejean returns to Chicago on Thursday, October 31 to discuss Dead Man Walking, the book and opera, with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell. Sister Helen Prejean will talk about her time as a spiritual advisor to death row inmates, her 40-year career as an anti-death penalty advocate, and the creation of her newest book, River of Fire, which was released earlier this summer. The event will take place from 6-7:30pm at First United Methodist Church of Chicago (77 W Washington St.), and will feature live performances from the opera. 

The opportunity to hear from Sister Helen Prejean directly is an amazing way to prepare to fully experience Dead Man Walking

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Need A Ride? The Lyric Bus Has You Covered.

Lyric Opera is pleased to offer luxury motor coach service from Northbrook Court Shopping Mall for weekday matinee opera performances throughout the 2019/20 Season. Avoid the hassles of traffic and public transportation — plus, ride to your performance with fellow music lovers! Call Lyric's Audience Services department at 312.827.5600 to purchase bus tickets for your ride to your opera or musical performance.

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Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Jaclyn Simpson, Scott Langley, Javier del Real/Teatro Real, Fox and Harrison