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Lyric Opera of Chicago

20 N. Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606
+1 312-827-5600
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Ranked #7 of 366 Attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Operas
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Santa Paula, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This enormous and stunning building is one of the grandest examples of art deco architecture I have seen. The interior is beyond lavish and to say it is breathtaking would be an understatement. Everywhere I looked superlatives ran through my mind and all I can say is that even if you are not an opera lover you can't visit Chicago... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is a peculiar opera house in the sense that it is in a skyscraper. The visibility in the seats towards the back is quite bad, and I think that's because the floor is not too inclined. The acoustics are fair. The inside is a bit too ornate for my taste, but I guess it must suit someone's taste...

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Austin, Texas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Very beautiful building inside and out. We were there for The Sound of Music. Sound quality and lighting was good, stage was deep and sets were interesting, seats were comfy. They even have a system to get everyone in and out of the bathrooms efficiently so no one misses a scene. We'd definitely go back.

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We went here for our first wedding anniversary and watched Gone With the Wind - the architecture is awe inspiring and feels very majestic!

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Chicago, Illinois
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We have season tickets, so I've been to the lyric quite a lot. Like many Chicago institutions, you feel like you're going back in time when you enter the main theater hall. Most of the performances have been stellar, with very few exceptions. The secret tip: Order and pay for your intermission drink during arrival to avoid intermission lines.

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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I enjoy going to the Italian Opera's and I've seen other musicals here with family. I'd recommend dressing up and enjoy a wonderful evening and talent in a very cool place. Enjoy!

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San Jose, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We recently saw Red Bull Flying Bach at Lyric Opera House and the venue was spectacular. We entered the building and the beautiful, regal lobby took on a nightclub feel which was perfect for this particular show. The acoustics in the theater were magnificent. We sat in row LL which is near the back on the main floor, but had... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

My husband loves to go to the opera once a year, which is pretty much all we can afford. We try to pick one that is a popular one. This year we saw Madame Butterfly, and wow. I love the theater, the actors are always top-notch.

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Sarasota, Florida, United States
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I only got to see a college graduation ceremony at this venue, but the building is absolutely gorgeous. Very historic, and the television sets outside the main room make it easy to see what is happening on stage should you arrive late or need to use the facilities during a performance. It definitely makes me want to plan to see... More

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London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I was a season-ticket holder for the 2013/2014 season. My seat was in the top balcony (nosebleeds) section. It was difficult to experience the nuances of the performances from such a distance so binoculars were crucial. Acoustic quality is excellent regardless of where you sit, however. Wine and champagne are available to purchase before the show and at half-time. For... More

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