Directions & parking

The Lyric Opera House is located in downtown Chicago, making your trip to the opera a convenient excursion. Whether you plan to arrive via car, train, bus, or magical horse-drawn carriage, we'll help you find the way from your home to our stage.

Take a few minutes to explore your options for getting here and where to park near the Lyric Opera House. Please allow extra time for your travels to be sure to get to Lyric before the lobby bells chime.

Address & map

 

Lyric Opera House Address

20 N. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL

The theater entrance is at the corner of Madison Street and Wacker Drive.

Getting to Lyric by CTA

Convenient CTA routes include the following “L” subway stations:
Washington/Wells (Brown/Orange/Pink/Purple lines) — walk approximately 6 minutues west.
Clinton (Green/Pink lines) — walk approximately 10 minutes southeast.
Monroe or Washington (Blue line) — walk approximately 10 minutes west.
Lake or Monroe (Red line) — walk approximately 15 minutes west. 

Bus stations near Lyric Opera: 
Bus stops for routes 20, 56, 60, 124, 157, J14 are conveniently located across the street at Madison & Franklin (westbound) and Washington & Franklin (eastbound).

Please check the CTA website for additional information and other routes at transitchicago.com or call 1.888.968.7282.

Getting to Lyric by train

The Lyric Opera House is conveniently located near both Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago.

Union Station’s Madison Street exit deposits guests almost directly across the street from their destination. When coming from OTC, exit the building on Madison Street and head east. When you come to the corner of N. Wacker Drive, you will have arrived Lyric Opera of Chicago.

For additional information, including train schedules, visit the Regional Transportation Authority's website or contact METRA Train Information/Passenger Services at 312.322.6777.

Getting to Lyric by train

The Lyric Opera House is conveniently located near both Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago.

Union Station’s Madison Street exit deposits guests almost directly across the street from their destination. When coming from OTC, exit the building on Madison Street and head east. When you come to the corner of N. Wacker Drive, you will have arrived Lyric Opera of Chicago.

For additional information, including train schedules, visit the Regional Transportation Authority's website or contact METRA Train Information/Passenger Services at 312.322.6777.

Driving directions

The following are suggested routes for driving to the Lyric Opera House.

If you drive on Interstate 290 (Eisenhower) or Interstate 55 (Stevenson) toward the Loop, exit at 90/94 (north). Exit from 90/94 at Washington Street (east). Proceed 5 blocks east on Washington Street to Wacker Drive. The Lyric Opera House is one block ahead on the right (corner of Madison Street and Wacker Drive).

If you take Interstate 90/94 (Dan Ryan) toward the Loop, exit at Washington Street (east). Proceed 5 blocks east on Washington Street to Wacker Drive. The Lyric Opera House is one block ahead on the right (corner of Madison Street and Wacker Drive).

If you take Interstate 90/94 (Kennedy Expressway from O'Hare) toward the Loop, exit at Washington Street (east). Proceed 5 blocks east on Washington Street to Wacker Drive. The entrance to the Lyric Opera House is one block ahead on the right (corner of Madison Street and Wacker Drive). 

Weekday matinee bus

Lyric Opera is pleased to offer luxury motor coach service from Northbrook Court Shopping Mall for select weekday matinee performances. Join us on our Lyric Bus and avoid the hassles of traffic and public transportation — plus, ride to your performance with fellow music lovers!

Learn more

Weekday matinee bus

Lyric Opera is pleased to offer luxury motor coach service from Northbrook Court Shopping Mall for select weekday matinee performances. Join us on our Lyric Bus and avoid the hassles of traffic and public transportation — plus, ride to your performance with fellow music lovers!

Learn more

Parking near the Lyric Opera House

Discounted parking

Lyric Opera patrons enjoy a special low parking rate of $12 per performance at The Poetry Garage, located at 201 W. Madison Street. Discounted parking vouchers must be purchased in advance to receive this special rate.

Reserve parking at The Poetry Garage

*Offer only valid weeknights from 3pm–2pm. Up to 12 hours on weekends. Weekday matinee parking can be purchased for $25 for 12 hours. Parking permits must be purchased online in advance to receive discounted rates. Lyric does not validate parking.

Self-park locations

Visit ParkWhiz.com to search, find, and book Lyric Opera parking at self-park locations near the Opera House.

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Lyric Opera valet parking

Valet parking service is available to Lyric Opera patrons beginning at 5:00pm on performance evenings, regardless of curtain time. For Sunday matinees, valet parking is available beginning at 12:00 noon. We regret that valet parking is not available for patrons attending weekday dress rehearsals or weekday matinee performances. Valet service is $35.

Visit ParkWhiz.com for additional valet parking options.

Lyric Opera valet parking

Valet parking service is available to Lyric Opera patrons beginning at 5:00pm on performance evenings, regardless of curtain time. For Sunday matinees, valet parking is available beginning at 12:00 noon. We regret that valet parking is not available for patrons attending weekday dress rehearsals or weekday matinee performances. Valet service is $35.

Visit ParkWhiz.com for additional valet parking options.

Lyric Opera House performance traffic plan

Need to know the best place to drop off, pick up, or  get a rideshare or taxi at the Lyric Opera House? In an effort to provide you with a better theater going experience, Lyric Opera of Chicago, in cooperation with the City of Chicago, implemented a special traffic control plan to help provide our guests with an improved travel experience when arriving and departing the theater.

View our traffic plan

Photos: Cinderella (Todd Rosenberg), The Magic Flute (Dan Rest), Tales of Hoffmann (Dan Rest), Don Giovanni (Todd Rosenberg), Don Quichotte (Todd Rosenberg), The Cunning Little Vixen (Dan Rest), Elixir of Love (Dan Rest), Faust (Dan Rest), Das Rheingold (Todd Rosenberg)