Millions of drivers on the 90/94 expressway through the heart of Chicago have seen the huge Morton Salt “When it rains, it pours” sign painted atop the company’s warehouse. The company has left, music has taken over the space, but the billboard will remain. Morton Salt marketing executive Brian Bissell tells WGN’s Steve Alexander about the building’s history. And yes, it was built by the same Morton, Joy Morton, who created the Morton Arboretum.
The Morton Salt building, now a concert venue known as The Salt Shed, photographed by Daniel Schindler – IG: @Chidrone
For over 90 years, millions of tons of salt were loaded and unloaded at the iconic Morton Salt building on the Chicago River. Now, it's a music hall but signs of what once was are all around.