Lyric Opera and LLoyd’s Chicago
Civic Opera house: Home to Chicago’s Lyric Opera
Located on 20 N. Wacker drive is one of North America’s most magnificent Opera houses. Blocks away from Willis tower, the magnificent mile, & Chicago’s theater district, the Civic Opera house has been standing tall since its opening in 1929. The building has a rich history and housed many famous singers over the years.
Five fascinating facts about the Civic Opera house!
- The Civic Opera house opened 6 days after the stock market crash of 1929
- The architectural firm that designed the Field Museum also designed the Civic Opera house
- Look up! The theater has never been fully repainted; instead skilled artisans from around the country were commissioned to hand-stencil and hand-detail all of the ornamentation on the ceilings.
- The building itself is massive limestone creation with a 45-story office tower and two 22-story wings.
- A utility billionaire of the 1900’s, Samuel Insull’s vision of safety, excellent sight lines, comfortable seating, gracious surroundings, and premium acoustics inspired the design of the Civic Opera house.
Just a step away from the Civic Opera house is Lloyd’s Chicago on 1 S. Wacker drive. As a tasty accompaniment to any theater or opera show, Lloyd’s Chicago offers American comfort foods at comfortable prices. Parking is also available at 1 S. Lower Wacker Dr. after 5:00 PM. Parking is located on the East side of lower Wacker Drive. Lloyd’s is offering a rate of $8.50 with the purchase of 2 entrees. This parking charge will be added to your guest check. Present your parking ticket to your server when you are greeted and you will receive a voucher ticket. Put this into the machine in the parking garage right before you pull out and the gate will open.
Here are a few recommendations from the Chef for when you dine at Lloyd’s Chicago before the next concert or show.
Appetizer: Flash fried Point Judith Calamari with cocktail sauce, asiago, & lemon
Entrée: Pulled Pork Roll with BBQ sauce & crispy onions on a toasted brioche
Dessert: Pumpkin Cheesecake with graham cracker crust & topped with a dollop of whipped cream
Drink recommendation: Oskar Blues’ G’Knight Double Red IPA