Wednesday January 17 9:30 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan


A Bold New Vision Reimagines Gounod's Classic French Opera "Faust" March 3 – 21 at the Lyric Opera House


Lyric Opera of Chicago continues its season with a distinctively different new production of Charles Gounod's universally popular Faust. A classic story about the perils of making a deal with the devil in pursuit of eternal youth set to beautiful, romantic music, this new production of Faust features production designs by the award-winning American sculptor John Frame in his theatrical debut. Lyric’s Faust is infused with Frame’s artistic vision which resonates throughout the production’s sets, costumes, 3D projections, and more.



Chicago Opera Theater (COT) presents “Elizabeth Cree,” a suspenseful and thrilling tale set in Victorian London, based on the novel “The Trial of Elizabeth Cree” by Peter Ackroyd. Composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell have reunited for this world-premiere, co-produced with Opera Philadelphia and Hackney Empire, telling the story of a woman on trial for her husband’s grisly murder. This show features music direction by Geoff McDonald, stage direction by David Schweizer, and stars Katherine Pracht in the title role.

Arts Commission approves 2018 Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites Projects


The Indiana Arts Commission has announced the approval of grant funding for 68 projects next year at Indiana's State Parks and Historic Sites.

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents high-energy North American debut of Olivier Award-winning production Jesus Christ Superstar


In the first rock ‘n’ roll performances of its production history, Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar—the North American debut of Timothy Sheader’s explosive, high-energy, Olivier Award-winning production from London’s Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre, presented April 27-May 20, 2018 at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago (press opening April 28). Single tickets for the production start at $44 and are on sale now at, in person at the Lyric Opera House box office or by calling 312-827-5600.

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces Elizabeth Hurley as New Chief Development Officer


Nationally known fundraising professional Elizabeth Hurley will join Lyric Opera of Chicago as its new chief development officer the company announced today. Hurley will be stepping into the role on March 1, 2018.

Lyric Opera and the Chicago Urban League join forces for: EmpowerYouth! Igniting Creativity through the Arts


In September, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Urban League announced EmpowerYouth! Igniting Creativity through the Arts, a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership that immerses African American youth in the creation of an original opera based on their own life experiences. Collaboratively planned and administered by Lyric Unlimited, Lyric’s community engagement and education arm, and the Chicago Urban League’s Youth Development Center, EmpowerYouth! is a multidisciplinary afterschool program that will culminate in the presentation of a fully staged, youth-centric opera on May 31 at the Lyric Opera House.

Arts Commission announces Adrian Matejka as new Indiana State Poet Laureate

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The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced the selection of Adrian Matejka (Mah-TEE-kuh), Bloomington, Indiana, as the new Indiana State Poet Laureate.

Arts Commission fine tunes Artist Grant Program


The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) has announced it is expanding the reach of its grant program for individual artists.