Your Opera Experience

Your Opera Experience

The staff and artists at Lyric Opera of Chicago look forward to welcoming you at the theatre and helping make the most of your opera experience. Here is some information we hope you will find helpful:

Curtain Time

Opera has a tradition of starting promptly and unlike theatre or movies the doors to the house are closed promptly at curtain time. We realize situations arise that can delay your arrival and we will try to accommodate latecomers in an available section of the house or at a pre-determined break which may be intermission. Video screens are available in the lobby so you won’t miss a moment of the performance.

Please be aware that patrons who must leave their seats during a performance will not be readmitted into the house until intermission or a suitable break.

For a complete listing of the curtain and running times to help you plan your travel and arrival time visit Opera Running Times. For parking and public transportation information visit Getting to Lyric.

Personalized Service

If you have any questions about your tickets or need assistance look for the Audience Services table in the lobby.

Ticket Information

Visit Ticket Information for Box Office and Audience Services hours.

Ticket Exchanges and Donations

If a date conflict arises you may exchange your tickets for another performance of the same opera online, by phone or by mail/fax (fees apply).

Lyric accepts ticket donations if you do not plan on using your seats for a performance and will issue a tax-deductible receipt for your records Although we would appreciate your ticket donation as soon as possible, we can accept calls as late as five minutes prior to curtain at 312.827.5600. A personalized statement of all ticket donations will be e-mailed to you in January for the previous calendar year. For more detailed information about donations visit Ticket Information.

The use of a ticket acknowledges a willingness to appear in photographs or video taken for print, television, or film in the public areas of the theater and releases Lyric Opera of Chicago from liability resulting from the use of such photographs.


Lyric strives to make the opera experience accessible for all patrons by providing services for those who may need assistance. Services include accessible seating for those in wheelchairs, FM and Telecoil loop assisted listening devices, audio described performances, and additional services to enhance your experience. 

Please call Audience Services at 312.827.5600 if you have questions about services or would like to purchase tickets over  the phone. All of our Audience Service Representatives can assist you in finding a seat location and services to fit your needs.  For a complete list of services visit Accessibility.


Lyric's highest priority is to ensure the safety, security, and enjoyment of its guests. In addition to Lyric's experienced ushers and senior house staff, Lyric employs highly trained security personnel for all performances and special events. We are dedicated to constant observation, taking appropriate actions where necessary, and ongoing monitoring of all audiences to ensure safety and comfort for all. Lyric has also engaged the specialized services of a security consultant to continually assess and recommend changes to Lyric's security procedures for the future.

For the safety and security of our patrons, artists, and employees, all persons entering the theater will be subject to a safety and security search and prohibited items may be confiscated.

Prohibited items include:
- weapons of any kind
- laser pointers, or any item that may be considered to be disruptive to the performers or other audience members
- outside food or beverages, with the exception of unopened bottles of water

Large bags/backpacks/briefcases/luggage are also prohibited in the auditorium; patrons will be asked to check their large bags at one of our coat check locations for a fee.

Mobile Phones and Electronic Devices

We request that patrons turn off their cellular phones, pagers, and electronic beepers (including watches and medical devices) before the performance begins.

Please refrain from texting and using your mobile device during the performance which can disrupt your neighbors and their experience. We know you want to share your experience and encourage it, however, please wait until intermission or the end of the performance to tweet, text, and update your Facebook status.

Cameras and Recording

Cameras and recording equipment are not allowed in the seating area of the Lyric Opera House. We also ask patrons to refrain from using mobile devices (mobile phone, ipad, etc.) to photograph or record performances. 


Refreshments are available before performances and during intermissions throughout the Lyric Opera House.  

For your convenience we offer a pre-ordering service for our patrons and your refreshments will be waiting for you at intermission. Place your order at one of the bars in the lobby or the hostess station in the restaurant. Refreshments are available at intermission of all performances in the lobby, The Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room and Florian Opera Bistro.  Outside food and beverages may not be brought into the Lyric Opera House (bottled water is permitted).

For more dining options visit Dine at Lyric.

Bags and Luggage

Lyric Opera requires that any bag that will not fit on your lap be checked at Coat Checks on floors 1, 2, 3 and 5 during the performance. There is a $2 charge for all checked items including coats, bags and luggage. Lyric reserves the right to search bags for security reasons.

Additional Reminders

Please use moderation when applying perfumes, hairsprays, colognes, lotions, and other scented toiletries when attending the opera, as allergies are commonplace.

Many operas contain adult themes. It is best to make sure that the material is appropriate for their age or maturity level before bringing children to a performance.

The Overture is part of the performance. As a courtesy to the orchestra and fellow patrons please refrain from talking at this point.

In accordance with the City of Chicago's Clean Indoor Air Act, Lyric Opera of Chicago has adopted a no-smoking policy throughout the Opera House at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.


Coat Check

For your convenience, coat checks are available on floors 1, 2, 3 and 5. For the safety and comfort of our audience, we request that you check all large parcels, backpacks, luggage, etc. at one of the available coat checks. There is a $2 charge for all checked items.

Gift Shop

A wide selection of Lyric-themed items, as well as collectibles are available at the Lyric Opera Shop located in the lobby.

First Aid

The Lyric Opera House has an EMT on site for all opera performances. In case of illness or injury, please inform an usher.

Lost + Found

Please email and give us a detailed description of your item. If it was turned into Lost and Found we will contact you. We make every attempt to hold items for the entire opera season.


As a courtesy to our patrons, complimentary phone service is available in the Vaughan Family Hospitality Foyer and on the second and fourth floors.

Contact Us:

For additional questions contact an Audience Services Representative at 312-827-5600 or use the form on our Contact Us page. 

Mailing Address:

Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N. Wacker
Suite 840
Chicago, IL 60606


Please note: The management of Lyric Opera House reserves the right to refuse admittance or remove any person who may create a disturbance.