The Old Morton Salt Warehouse will reopen the concert hall this summer, tickets on sale this week

A rendering of the final development planned for the former Morton Salt Complex. | Photo: Chicago Department of Planning and Development

The people behind the entertainment plans for the former Morton Salt Complex know what they are doing. The company in charge, 16″ on Center, owns the Empty Bottle concert halls in Ukrainian Village and Thalia Hall in Pilsen. They also own and operate Revival Food Hall in the downtown National Building, as well as popular restaurants such as Longman & Eagle in Logan Square and The Promontory in Hyde Park.

But the creative talent behind the crew may have just outdone themselves.

The Salt Shed, their newly renamed music venue they are opening in the Morton Salt complex, will open this summer with outdoor concerts followed by a full indoor program for 2023 once renovations are completed by Blue Star Properties and R2 .

That’s right, they named it The Salt Shed. Le Cabanon, for short.

Lesser beings would have tried to get cute with it. Lesser beings would have tried to associate an all-subjective throwaway line they liked from an obscure postmodern poet’s revised third impression that they ‘read’ on Wikipedia while sitting in the world’s largest Starbucks” conceptualizing” and trying to “distill the essence” of the old Morton Salt complex. Lesser beings would then have tried to sell you this with a three minute video compilation on the history of salt in popular music with each close-up crystalline frame sparkling with lens flare and it would have ended with “brought by CHASE Bank” or “PFIZER” or “COMCAST+META formerly known as FACEBOOK”.

But not just the handsome, big-brained creative genius who was in charge of this at 16″ on Center. It is a famous former salt warehouse. It’s a shed. The salt shack. And now it will be forever.

You might think we’re kidding, but no. They nailed it. I knocked it out of the park. We like that.

And we are now excited to go see shows in their new venue for that simple decision.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 18 at 10:00 a.m. CST.

Check out the program below:

Good job to those involved.

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The company does not plan to operate the bar or restaurant which is planned in an old brick garage structure along the river, Golden said.


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