Skip to main content

Civic Opera Building

Address

20 N. Wacker Dr.

Neighborhood

Downtown

Hours

Sat, Oct 13: 9am - 4pm

Sun, Oct 14: Closed

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

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.

Behind the Scenes

Pass through the sumptous Art Deco lobby and look out over the Chicago River from this office building's 15th-floor rooftop deck.