The Salt Shed:

Chicago’s Indoor/Outdoor Venue

The Salt Shed is a skyline-backed, community-driven, indoor/outdoor music and events venue in the heart of Chicago’s riverfront Salt District.

The venue is spread over one-and-a-half acres, with space to accommodate 3,300 people indoors and 5,000 people outdoors. It’s a sought-after location for public events, like concerts and festivals, and for private gatherings, like weddings and corporate receptions.

The Salt Shed’s director of production, Tim Schoen, brought Upstaging in during the venue’s planning stage. Our job was to create robust lighting systems adaptable to the huge variety of events The Salt Shed would host both indoors and outdoors.

We worked with Tim to create concepts for both architectural and entertainment lighting at the space. We then installed the design, making sure the equipment and installation met the highest standards, and provided infrastructure for power and controls.


The Salt Shed performance
The Salt Shed performance
The Salt Shed performance
The Salt Shed performance
The Salt Shed performance

The state-of-the-art project won a 2023 Mondo DR Award for best installation project in a Performance Venue.

Equipment Installed:


4 x Artiste Monet
10 x Proteus Lucius
12 x Fuze MAX Profile
12 x Fuze MAX Spot
8 x Fuze Par Z60 IP
10 x Proteus Rayzor 760
8 x Protron 3K Color
4 x DTW Blinder 700 IP
GrandMA 3
4 x Mystic Premiere Hazers
7 x North Star Star Light SLS 600
FollowMe System

  • LumenPulse
  • 64 x Lumenquad Large
  • 65 x LumenFacade Nano
  • 16 x LumenBlade Medium

  • ETC
  • Paradigm Architectural Control
  • Paradigm Touchscreen Stations
  • Paradigm Inspire Button Stations
  • DRd Power Control
  • Sensor IQ Panels
  • Mosaic Show Control
  • Response Mk2 Gateways