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[VIDEO] Loading the Flatbed

Posted by Flyhouse on Aug 2, 2017 3:04:43 PM

Loading Steel I-Beams on to a flatbed truck is not an easy task. Luckily our shop bridge crane does the heavy lifting. Here's a quick snippet for one of the dozen beams to loaded.

Topics: Video, 30 Seconds in the Shop, Flyhouse Projects

Where's Flyhouse?

Posted by Flyhouse on Jul 14, 2017 3:57:29 PM

One of the perks of doing all the work we do at Flyhouse is the places we get to see during that time. We not only work in our own backyard of Chicago, we rack up the frequent flyer miles all over the world. Here's a sample of what we are doing in July.

Flyhouse July Whereabouts


Wintrust Arena - Chicago, IL 

Wintrust Arena

Geneseo High School - Geneseo, IL 

Geneseo High School

Lake Forest High School - Lake Forest, IL

Lake Forest High School

Grand Valley State University - Allendale, MI

Grand Valley State University

Little Caesars Arena - Detroit, MI

Little Caesars Arena


Rigging Training - Brooklyn, NY

Brilliance of the Seas (Royal Carribean Cruise Line) Training - Barcelona, Spain

Freedom of the Seas (Royal Carribean Cruise Line) Training -  Barcelona, Spain | Pisa, Italy

Millenium (Celebrity Cruise Line) Training -  Juneau, Alaska

Topics: Flyhouse History, Project Recaps

Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes

Posted by Flyhouse on Jun 13, 2017 8:31:13 AM

In the world of theater, especially among those devoted to the craft of stage rigging, one name has always been synonymous with providing the highest level of safety and technical knowledge available: Jay Glerum. Glerum is the author of the Stage Rigging Handbook, an essential how-to guide kept in the bag of every rigger as a reference. After his death in 2014, USITT, in partnership with leading industry vendors, including Chicago Flyhouse, announced the Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes to further the cause of rigging safety in his memory.

In its second year, Flyhouse's Head Trainer and Cruise Ship Division Manager, Ed Leahy, will once again be the Lead Instructor for the entry-level classes. From June 13-14, an entry-level class will take place with a second offering of both entry-level and advanced sessions scheduled for August 14-15.

Glerum Rigging Master Class June 2017.jpg

The entry-level class is designed around venue managers – individuals like music teachers who are asked to manage a theatrical space. The focus is to provide enough information so participants can understand how to effectively manage their space in terms of what kind of work can be done in-house versus what should be done by a professional.

Major topic areas of the entry-level class:

• Basic Physics – why things stay up in the air and why they fall

• Process and Protocol – good practices for running a safe space

• Types of Rigging Systems – an overview of hemp, counterweight, and motorized fly systems

• Rigging Tools and Hardware – understanding why we use what we use, and how to make good choices

• Working at Heights – safety basics for ladders and lifts

• Fall Protection – basics principles

• Basic Maintenance – guidelines for keeping your space in top shape, including inspections

Topics: Flyhouse Team, Stage Rigging, Training

Flyhouse Projects Featured in ETCP Newsletter

Posted by Flyhouse on Jun 6, 2017 9:42:30 AM

Flyhouse was recently featured in the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) Industry News section of the spring 2017 newsletter. Our projects at Chesapeake Energy Arena and Shirley Ryan Ability Lab received mention.

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Topics: News, Performer Flying, Acoustical Baffles, Project Recaps, Arenas, Flyhouse Projects

June Projects in the Windy City

Posted by Flyhouse on Jun 5, 2017 4:04:00 PM

Flyhouse travels all around the world to provide solutions to the rigging requests we receive. Over the next month, we find ourselves working on several landmark projects closer to our Chicago home. Since we are a Chicago-born company, it's exciting to be part of the growth of local cornerstones known throughout the United States. So where can you find us in the Windy City during the month of June?

Steppenwolf Theatre

Steppenwolf Theater

(Photo Credit: TimeOut Chicago)

Wintrust Arena (McCormick Square)

Wintrust Arena

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

Navy Pier (Polk Brothers Park)

Polk Brothers Park(Photo Credit: Navy Pier)

Topics: Project Recaps