Classical Music/Opera in Chicago

A significant part of Chicago's lively theater scene are the vibrant classical music venues and performers. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago are two nationally and internationally renowned companies. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is over 110 years old and offers fantastic performances year round of varying styles. The Lyric Opera puts on spectacularly grand performances in the equally grand Civic Opera House, an Art Deco style building that is the second largest opera house in America. Chicago houses another opera company, the Chicago Opera Theater, which doesn't have the same acclaim, but has a collection of very talented performers. During the summer months the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, along with many guest artists and classical music companies come to Chicago to play at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion outdoor theater. This is a great activity if traveling during the warm months. For contemporary international classical artists, check out the performance line-up at the very modern Harris Theater in Millennium Park, as well as at the Auditorium Theater in the South Loop. To see some of the greater Chicago-areas' finest musicians take a trip to the Pick-Staiger Auditorium on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, IL. This acoustically balanced theater hosts an array of performances from university students to artists from around the country. The Old Town School of Folk Music is another Chicago gem for showcasing local musicians, as well as international artists.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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220 South Michigan Avenue
Orchestra Hall, in Symphony Center

Home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra... read more

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Civic Opera House

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20 N Wacker Drive
(at W Madison Street)

Chicago's pride... read more

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

201 East Randolph Street
Millennium Park

Music in the Air... read more

Joan W Irving B. Harris Theater

205 East Randolph Drive

Music, pirouettes and opera... read more

Auditorium Theatre

50 East Congress Parkway

Classic, Louis Sullivan-designed theater... read more

Chicago Opera Theater

205 E. Randolph Dr

Old Town School of Folk Music

4544 N. Lincoln Ave
Between Wilson and Montrose Aves

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