Lyric Opera Capriccio

Get ready to celebrate - two of Chicago's historic theaters are having birthdays.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. The building itself has become a destination, and was designed by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan in 1889. At the time of construction, it was the tallest building in the city as well as the first multi-use building ever designed. And while you can take a tour of the theatre, most people head here for what's on stage. After all, Frank Lloyd Wright did call it "the greatest room for music and opera in the world - bar none."

Auditorium Theatre

Over the years, the stage has been home to a diverse group of performers, from former President Theodore Roosevelt to Jimi Hendrix to a production of Les Miserables

These days, the theatre continues to host a wide range of events. Upcoming performances include Swan Lake performed by the Joffrey Ballet (October 15-26), A movie sing-a-long and costume party for the 2002 film Chicago (October 31), and an interview and Q&A with Food Network's Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten (November 6).

Lyric Opera of Chicago is also pulling out the party hats in honor of it's 60th anniversary. Upcoming performances include Mozart's Don Giovanni (September 27-October 29), which was the first show to ever be performed at the theater when it opened in 1954, as well as Richard Strauss's Capriccio (October 6-28, pictured at top) and George Gershwin's great American opera, Porgy and Bess (November 17-December 20). 

Lyric Opera Chicago

Lyric is also hosting a birthday bash, in the form of a 60th Anniversary Concert. Comedy star Jane Lynch will emcee the night, which will include performances from the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, the Ryan Opera Center, as well as improv from the Second City. Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis and international opera star Samuel Ramey will also appear, along with several other performers. The anniversary concert will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on November 1, and tickets are still available.

Photos Courtesy of: Lyric Opera of Chicago; goatling via flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0); Lyric Opera Chicago by Dan Rest