About Gift Planning at Lyric

As a patron of Lyric Opera of Chicago, you are already passionate about opera in general and about Lyric in particular. Eagerly anticipating each season, you treasure your time in the Ardis Krainik Theatre, fully immersed in spectacle and lost in song and story.

All of Lyric's elements—our artists, chorus, orchestra, technicians, and administrators—are interdependent, contributing to Lyric’s worldwide reputation of excellence. The most crucial part of Lyric, however, is you! A vital component of Lyric's future is its group of donors who have included Lyric in their estate plans, known as the Ardis Krainik Society.

Lyric's Gift Planning Department is ready to help you leave a planned gift to Lyric, and to become a treasured member of the Ardis Krainik Society.

See below for more information on the Ardis Krainik Society and all of the wonderful benefits you will receive for your generosity! Leaving a gift to Lyric is truly leaving a beautiful legacy that will be enjoyed by thousands for years to come.


Ways to Give

There are many ways to leave a planned gift to Lyric, free of any estate tax. Planned gifts can be made through bequests in your will or trust, naming Lyric as a beneficiary of your life insurance, IRA, or retirement plans, purchasing a charitable gift annuity, and many other gift planning vehicles.

If asked to provide Lyric Opera of Chicago's Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN), please enter 36-6008929. 

Learn about the many kinds of planned gifts here.


Lyric’s gift planning office is available to meet personally with you or your financial advisor, or by phone or email, to help you select the planned gift which is right for your financial situation and goals.

About the Ardis Krainik Society

The Ardis Krainik Society consists of those esteemed supporters who have designated a special gift to benefit Lyric Opera of Chicago in the future through bequests, life insurance, IRAs, trusts, or other planned-giving arrangements. These generous gifts ensure our artistic progress well into the 21st century for the benefit of generations to come.

In addition, through a variety of "income for life" plans such as Charitable Remainder Trusts and Charitable Gift Annuities, donors can receive a steady stream of income for themselves or loved ones, along with substantial tax savings. Gift Planning at Lyric offers a unique way to make charitable gifts, and ensures financial security allowing Lyric to engage in long-range planning for future opera productions.

Contact Us

Kristen Bigham
Gift Planning Associate
312.827.5696 | kbigham@lyricopera.org

Mike Biver
Senior Director of Gift Planning
312.827.5655 | mbiver@lyricopera.org

Jonathan Siner
Senior Director of Gift Planning
312.827.5677 | jsiner@lyricopera.org