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Salt Shed’s First Indoor Lineup Includes Flaming Lips, Bikini Kill, Iggy Pop, The Roots

The concert hall inside the former Morton Salt warehouse near Goose Island opens Feb. 17.

The Salt Shed sits across the river from Essanay Studio and Lighting, Inc., as seen from above Goose Island on Aug. 3, 2022.
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GOOSE ISLAND — The long awaited indoor music venue at the former Morton Salt warehouse will open its doors this February, officials announced Tuesday.

The Salt Shed, 1357 N. Elston Ave., is part of a larger development that includes the music venue and office space at the former sprawling warehouse near the Kennedy Expressway and the Chicago River.

The site has been under construction for several years as developers convert it into an expansive concert hall and event space. This summer, the Salt Shed hosted about a dozen concerts outside the venue, which sits on west side of the Chicago River’s North Branch, many of which sold out.

The first indoor show will take place Feb. 17, with performances from Tove Lo and Slayyyter.

The initial lineup at the venue will feature the Flaming Lips, Bikini Kill, Iggy Pop, the Hold Steady, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, among many other bands and artists. Tickets for the shows go on sale 10 a.m. Friday on the Salt Shed website.

Scroll to the bottom of the story to find the Salt Shed’s full initial lineup.

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A rendering of the indoor music venue at the Salt Shed, which will open Feb. 17, 2023

The venue is operated by 16″ On Center, the hospitality group that owns the Empty Bottle, Thalia Hall, the Promontory and other venues and restaurants around the area.

“One of the things that really excites me about this project is continuing to work with the artists we’ve grown up with,” the company’s managing partner Bruce Finkelman said in a press release. “These are musicians that started at the Empty Bottle, grew to Thalia Hall, and we now look forward to hosting at the Salt Shed.”

The indoor venue will include multi-level seating and opera boxes. Organizers also plan to hold markets and other events inside the Salt Shed, similar to how they’ve used the outdoor venue this year.

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Fans watch Sons of Kemet perform at the first show outside the Salt Shed on Aug. 2, 2022

This summer’s “Outside The Shed,” series included performances from popular indie bands like Fleet Foxes and Death Cab For Cutie.

Local jazz drummer Makaya McCraven played the venue’s first ever show Aug. 2 with Sons of Kemet and Nubya Garcia.

The events proved successful, although drew noise complaints from a commercial production company directly across the river from the venue.

The Salt Shed said outdoor performances would continue in 2023, but details have not been released. The venue is hosting an outdoor holiday market and beer garden the first two weekends in December.

The initial Salt Shed 2023 lineup:

Fri. Feb. 17, 2023 — Tove Lo w/ Slayyyter

Sat. Feb. 18, 2023 — Big Gigantic

Fri. Feb 24, 2023 — Viagra Boys

Sat. Mar. 4, 2023 — Elle King w/ The Red Clay Strays

Fri. Mar. 10, 2023 — Iggy Pop

Sat. Mar. 18, 2023 — The Roots

Sat. Apr. 1, 2023 — Third Eye Blind

Fri. Apr. 21, 2023 — Placebo w/ Deap Vally

Sat. Apr. 22, 2023 — Bikini Kill

Sun. Apr. 23, 2023 — Nils Frahm

Fri. Mar. 3, 2023 — Gordo

Fri. May 5, 2023 — The Flaming Lips

Sun. May 7, 2023 — Fever Ray

Thu. May 11, 2023 — The Wood Brothers w/ Shovels & Rope

Wed. May 24, 2023 — Hippo Campus w/ Gus Dapperton

Thu. Jun. 8, 2023 — Tyler Childers w/ Marcus King & Miles Miller

Sun. Jun. 11, 2023 — King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Mon. Jun. 12, 2023 — King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Tue. Jun. 13, 2023 — King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Sat. Jul. 1, 2023 — The Hold Steady / The Mountain Goats
w/ Dillinger Four

Sat. Jul. 22, 2023 — First Aid Kit w/ The Weather Station

Fri. Oct. 6, 2023 — Boy Pablo

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