The new Lincoln Yards venue kicks off a series of summer concerts including Fleet Foxes, Jorja Smith, Angel Olsen, and Sharon Van Etten!
Early last year the Chicago City Council approved plans to redevelop the old Morton Salt Factory for nonindustrial use. The Elston Avenue property is known for the enormous “Umbrella Girl” sign that can be seen from the Kennedy Expressway. After purchasing the property from Morton Salt for $15 million in 2017, Chicago developers, Blue Star Properties and R2 were given the thumbs up to redevelop the property for nonindustrial use and turn it into an exciting new riverfront music venue.
Roll on 18 months and an estimated $50 million+ later and the new venue, dubbed ‘the Salt Shed’, is about to open with a series of summer concerts beginning with an outdoor show from jazz trifecta Makaya McCraven, Sons Of Kemet, and Nubya Garcia on Tuesday, August 2nd.
There will then be a show from indie-folk band Fleet Foxes the following night before other August performances from Jorja Smith, Angel Olsen, Iron & Wine, and Sharon Van Etten bless the new venue.
Run by the same team behind Empty Bottle, Thalia Hall, and the Promontory, the Salt Shed is being mooted as “the largest independent venue in the city of Chicago.” It will incorporate local vendors, retail operations, and bars and host open-air markets and restaurant pop-ups.
For now, only the array of outdoor concerts has been announced, but indoor concerts will join the mix early next year when work has finished on the indoor section, including a grandstand and suites.
Here are the upcoming summer shows taking place at Salt Shed:
- Tuesday, August 2nd: Makaya McCraven, Sons Of Kemet, and Nubya Garcia
- Wednesday, August 3rd: Fleet Foxes
- Wednesday, August 10th: Sharon Van Etten + Angel Olsen + Julien Baker
- Friday, August 12th: Andrew Bird + Iron & Wine
- Saturday, August 13th: Lake Street Dive + Madison Cunningham
- Monday, August 15th: Lord Huron + First Aid Kit
- Saturday, August 20: Mt. Joy
- Friday, August 25: Jorja Smith
- Friday, September 23: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit + Shemekia Copeland
A portion of proceeds from every outdoor summer concert will go towards the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and Friends of the Chicago River.
More information can be found at saltshedchicago.com.