Directions to Lyric Opera of Chicago/The Lyric Opera House

The Lyric 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.  Check out Lyric's new Traffic Plan which may affect your commute!


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 Lyric 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 Lyric 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 Lyric 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 Lyric 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 Lyric Opera House is one block ahead on the right (corner of Madison Street and Wacker Drive).

Lyric Bus

Lyric Opera is pleased to offer motor coach service from Northbrook Court Shopping Mall for select weekday matinee performances. Parking is easy and enjoy round-trip transportation to the Lyric Opera House for just $20!
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Lyric Opera patrons enjoy a special low rate of $14 a performance* ($12.00 for Lyric Opera subscribers*) at Poetry Garage located at 201 W. Madison Street. To purchase discounted parking vouchers in advance visit

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

Lyric Opera of Chicago Discount Parking

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 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 12:00 noon. We regret that valet parking is not available for patrons attending weekday dress rehearsals or weekday matinee performances. Valet service is $30.

Visit for additional valet parking options. 

Chicago Parking


Uber to the Civic Opera HouseWe’ve teamed up with Uber to get you to and from the Opera at the tap of a button. Download the Uber app, request a ride, and a nearby driver will arrive in minutes. There’s no need for cash — your ride is automatically charged to your credit card on file.

Before your driver arrives, you’ll see their name, photo, car make and model, and license plate number — so you know you’re hopping in the right car.

New to Uber? Use promo code LYRICOPERA16 for your first ride free up to $15 off.

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New Traffic Pattern

In an effort to provide you with a better theater going experience, the Lyric Opera of Chicago in cooperation with the City of Chicago, will be implementing a new, special traffic control plan to help provide our guests with an improved travel experience when arriving and departing the theater.
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