The redeveloped Morton Salt warehouse complex has opened to the public along the Chicago River’s North Branch corridor. The new office and entertainment complex within the shell of the former factory in West Town is a project by a development partnership between R2 Companies, Blue Star Properties, and Skydeck.
The renovated Morton Salt site’s central shed houses the main gathering and event stage at 1357 N Elston Avenue. A new connecting corridor has also been built alongside the structure, while its roof retains the iconic Morton Salt signage. Morton Salt has also maintained tenant presence on site via R&D offices in the former packaging building just north of the entertainment shed. A food stand has been set up in the garage near the northeast corner for use during events.
The Lamar Johnson Collaborative designed the renovation project, which will largely maintain the building’s existing architectural features. Windows have been installed in the packaging building, replacing those that were previously bricked over. The iconic branded roof has also been replaced due to unsalvageable damage, though the logo has been replaced.
The closest bus service for Route 70 is just a short walk south at the Division & Elston intersection. The closest CTA Blue Line service can be found via a 13-minute walk west to Division station, while Metra service is accessible via a 17-minute walk northwest to Clybourn station.
With general contracting work carried out by Blue Star Properties, the now-open facility is currently hosting events and has completed on-schedule.