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Chicago Music History: Civic Opera House

Chicago is a city that is rich with history. That history is best remembered through preservation and landmarks. Though some of the landmarks are no longer used for their original purpose there are a few who still serve the same functions since their openings. The Civic Opera House is one of those landmarks.
Opening November 4th of 1929, the Civic Opera House is the second largest opera auditorium in North America. The Civic website says that the building is the brain child of Louis B. Sullivan, who teamed up with the architecture firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White to erect this massive monument. Graham, Anderson, Probst & White are also the designers of the Wrigley Building, Merchandise Mart, and the Field Museum.
Located at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Civic Opera House has been home to several major opera companies, but the most notable is Lyric Opera, who is arguably the world’s most dominant not-for-profit opera organizations in the World. Since its birth, the Lyric Opera has called the Civic Opera House its home and has produced decade after decade of major debuts and premieres.
Remember Billy Zane? He starred in the comic book to big screen movie, “The Phantom”, and had a cameo in Zoolander. Well Mr. Zane will be portraying Captain von Trapp in Rogers and Hammerstein’s
The Sound of Music from April 25th to May 25th, a presentation of Lyric Opera. To see the other “Phantom” of the Opera (Zane), or to discover more about the Civic Opera House and Lyric Opera please click on the links below.

The Civic Opera House in Chicago (20 N. Wabash)
Photograph by Marcus Dayton Bailey

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