The Chicago Philharmonic Society is a musician driven, Chicago-based not-for-profit organization originally established in 1988 by the principals of the Lyric Opera Orchestra. Over the years, the core group of Lyric players has expanded to become a community of over 200 professional musicians, which form the artistic strength of the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. Since its origination, the Orchestra has performed under the baton and in support of many distinguished conductors and guest artists. Most recently, conductors have included Scott Speck, Music Director of The Joffrey Ballet. Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra performances have primarily been presented in the Pick-Staiger Hall at Northwestern University, but the orchestra is contracted to perform in various other venues including Ravinia Park and Symphony Center. In recent years, two chamber music series under Philharmonic auspices were initiated in Park Ridge and Hinsdale. The Society is actively pursuing outreach and youth programs. A central goal of the Society is to bring the excitement and engagement of live music performances to audiences throughout metropolitan Chicago.