Backstage Tours at Lyric Opera

  • Running Time - Approx. 1 hour
  • Location - Lyric Opera House (Entrance at the corner of Madison St. and Wacker Dr.)

In order to heed social distancing recommendations and continue to support the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois in controlling the spread of COVID-19, Lyric’s public performances and activity through June 30, 2020 have been postponed. This includes our May and June Backstage Tour programs. Ticketholders are being contacted with options to choose new tour dates during Fall 2020. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. To learn more about Lyric’s response to COVID-19, CLICK HERE.


Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to experience the Lyric Opera House beyond the footlights with backstage tours! 

Book your backstage tour date now! 

From the moment you enter the beautiful and impressive foyer, you’ll be in for a special, one-hour experience with an engaging Lyric docent who will give you behind-the-scenes insights into the vibrant world of grand opera. See the inside of the art-deco Ardis Krainik Theatre, enjoy an up-close-and-personal view of the orchestra pit where the acclaimed Lyric Orchestra plays, and then journey on to backstage destinations where you’ll learn about the vast array of skilled professionals who bring operatic stagecraft to life. Tours start and end in the Lyric Opera House Rice Grand Foyer!

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online, by calling 312.827.5600, or by visiting Lyric's box office. A limited number of walk-up tickets are available on tour days, which may be purchased at the Lyric Opera House starting at 9:30am, space permitting. Call ahead to check availability: 312.827.5600.

To purchase tickets for groups of 10 or more, please contact Group Sales at 

Tours are accessible to visitors using a wheelchair or walker and to other guests who need to avoid stairs. Additional accommodations available upon request for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing. Guide and service animals are allowed along the tour. 

For additional questions regarding tour accessibility, please contact

Upcoming Dates
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November 2020



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