Flyhouse Past Projects

We could list every place we've done a project over the last 20 years, but that list would be a long one. Here's a selection of projects for the different services we provide. To see a longer list of other groups we've worked with, look through our past project archives.



Stage and Studio Rigging Projects

Drury Lane Theater - Ragtime


For their hit production of Ragtime, Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre turned to Chicago Flyhouse to design and deliver a series of impressive automated effects, including a high-speed stage elevator, a custom load-bearing cable system for rigged scenery, and an automated “bridge” that dominated the set.

Automation and Ziplift Projects 

Chicago Shakespeare Theater - Disney’s Aladdin

Based on the hit Disney movie, Chicago Shakespeare’s Aladdin is an eye-popping enchantment featuring Broadway-caliber actors and a set that brings the magical
world of the Arabian tale to life – including the plot-pivotal Flying Carpet, courtesy of Chicago Flyhouse. 

Drapery and Curtain Projects

Shedd Aquarium - Motorized Curtain


Chicago Flyhouse had the esponsibility for a complete rigging overhaul, design, and installation of key items including an 8,000 lb projection screen and light-control curtain for the Shedd’s windowed East wall – billed by the Shedd as the largest motorized curtain in the U.S. and possibly the world. 

Heavy Object Relocation Projects

Pagoda Red Antiques - River Rocks


Weighing 5-7 tons each, the stones were imported to America at great cost but had languished in the gallery’s off-site warehouse, unable to be displayed to potential buyers. In addition to delivering the rocks to Pagoda Red, Flyhouse was also tasked with installing them in the gallery yard.

Decor, Displays, and Exhibits Projects

Museum of Science and Industry - Science Storms


For the launch of their new high-tech, interactive permanent exhibit Science Storms, Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry called on Chicago Flyhouse to create a dramatic curtain unveiling at the West Court entrance where the exhibit is housed.


Acoustic Absorption Projects

Chesapeake Energy Arena - Acoustical Baffles 


Chicago Flyhouse installed nearly 88,000 square feet of acoustic baffles on the ceiling of the arena that is made up of 2,100 tons of steel. The CMA Acoustical Baffles used for the project were 2” thick with a 1.5# density. Flyhouse custom-engineered brackets were fabricated in the shop to connect the baffles to
the ceiling trusses and beams.

Safety and Fall Protection Projects

Shedd Aquarium - Access Grid


Chicago Flyhouse designed and installed a state-of-the-art rigging components throughout the Oceanarium, including an “invisible” tension grid that spans the entire Marine Mammal staging area.