The Civic Opera House, Chicago

(Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Designed by Samuel Insull

The Lyric Opera was built in 1929 by Samuel Insull, who had the idea that, by combining theaters and offices, the opera company (which was supposed to own the building) could be self-sufficient. It would have been an interesting experiment, except that the Depression intervened. It is built in the shape of a throne, facing west; supposedly the architect had been spurned in New York, and was turning his back on it. These days, the air conditioning unit makes a cushion on the seat.

Lyric Opera of Chicago is a member of OPERA America and Chicago Music Alliance.

Chicago's Lyric celebrates its 40th International Season this year!


20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 840, Chicago, IL 60606 Phone: (312) 332-2244 Fax: (312) 332-0304

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