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Lyric Opera of Chicago


The Lyric Opera House, home to Lyric Opera of Chicago, is one of Chicago's historic landmarks and among the world's most beautiful buildings. Built in 1929 and fully restored in 1996, the Lyric Opera House is a hybrid of art nouveau and art deco designs, a majestic setting for entertaining on any scale. Support the arts by planning your next event in one of the finest venues in the world!

Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Grand Foyer

200 seated | 700 reception

The beautiful three-level theatre foyer accommodates standing receptions for up to 700 (1,100 with both the foyer and mezzanine). The lobby features ceilings adorned with hand-detailed ornamentation, gilded balconies, and ornate fixtures, providing a canvas of décor and ambient lighting. It is an elegant, spacious, and versatile venue for any occasion, perfect for gala auctions, weddings, cocktails, meetings, or seated dinners for up to 200 guests. Amenities include house bars, highboy tables, backstage tours, house lighting, sound equipment, and direct vendor access from Wacker Drive.

Ardis Krainik Theatre

350 seated

The Ardis Krainik Theatre seats up to 3,700 and is available for concerts, graduations, presentations, conferences, productions and more. The stage is also the perfect setting for private dinners, weddings, galas, and standing receptions. Attendees will be amazed to see the backdrop raise to reveal your reception onstage and the spacious back-of-house area allows wait staff to provide world-class service from just behind the curtain. Let our professional staff will run the show, allowing you to focus on the success of your event, and showcase your creativity with state-of-the-art in-house lighting, sound, and scenery. Amenities include open orchestra pit, wide wing space, house lighting and sound equipment, platforms, drops, cyclorama, back-of-house with private and group dressing rooms, production offices, and two docks with interior vehicle access.

Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room

100 reception-style

The beautiful Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room is a gorgeous space designed to echo the décor and architecture of the Lyric Opera House. The Pedersen Room is a restaurant, located at street level just off the Rice Grand Foyer. Amenities include restaurant-style seating, elegant bar, prep kitchen, house sound system, and private restrooms.


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