Getting To Lyric

The Civic Opera House is located at 20 N. Wacker Drive (the theater entrance is at the northwest corner of Madison Street and Wacker Drive). Please take a few minutes to plan your trip and please allow extra travel time. 


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

Bus stations:
  • 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: or call 1.888.968.7282.

By Train

The Civic Opera House is conveniently located near both Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center. 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 left. When you come to the corner of N. Wacker Drive, you will have arrived at your destination.

For additional information, including train schedules, visit Regional Transportation Authority's website or contact METRA Train Information/Passenger Services at (312) 322-6777.

By Car

The following routes are suggested for driving to the 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 Civic 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 Civic 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 Civic Opera House is one block ahead on the right (corner of Madison Street and Wacker Drive).

NEW! Opera Bus

Lyric Opera is pleased to launch motor coach service from a central North Shore location for weekday matinee performances. Park at a central location and enjoy a round-trip transportation to the Civic Opera House for just $20!
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Discounted parking is available for Lyric Opera customers! Discounted rate of $14.00 ($12.00 for Lyric Opera subscribers) applies when parking is purchased here.  

Offer only valid weeknights 3pm–3am. Up to 12 hours on weekends. Not valid for weekday matinee performances.

Lyric Opera of Chicago Discount Parking

Visit to search, find, and book Lyric Opera parking at self-park locations near the Opera House. Vehicles dropping off passengers with accessibility needs should approach the Opera House from westbound Madison Street or from the north on Wacker Drive. 

Chicago Parking

Valet offers valet parking options. Valet service is available to Lyric Opera patrons beginning at 5:00pm on performance evenings, regardless of curtain time. For Saturday/Sunday matinees, valet parking is available beginning at 12:00noon.

Chicago Parking

We regret valet parking is not available for patrons attending weekday dress rehearsals or weekday matinees performances.