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Civic Opera Building

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Address

20 N. Wacker Dr.

Neighborhood

Downtown

Architect

Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, 1929

Description

Built in 1929 and fully restored in 1996, the Civic Opera House is a Chicago landmark and a spectacular hybrid of Art Nouveau and Art Deco architectural styles. Comprising a 45-story office tower with two 22-story wings, the multi-use complex is home to world-renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago. The ornate theater seats more than 3,500, making it the second-largest opera auditorium in North America. A close stylistic cousin to the high-rise towers of New York City’s Rockefeller Center, completion of the Civic Opera House actually preceded Rock Center by a few years and, unlike that project, it made good on the inclusion of an opera.

Archived In

2017 , 2018