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McHugh Construction Unveils $30M Restoration of Ramova Theatre

McHugh Construction, one of the Midwest’s largest commercial contractors, has completed the $30 million adaptive reuse transformation of Chicago’s historic Ramova Theatre in Bridgeport.

McHugh restored the long-shuttered single-screen cinema to a 1,800-person concert hall. As part of the 36,000-square-foot project at 3510-3520 S. Halsted Street, McHugh also built out space for Other Half Brewing, an independent craft brewery and taproom; Ramova Grill, an 18-seat diner; and Ramova Loft, a second-floor 200-person event venue.

After sitting dormant for nearly 40 years, Ramova was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2021, the same year McHugh started on the building’s restoration. The company worked closely with project architect O’Riley Office, Baum Revision and historic preservation specialists.

The firm’s in-house structural engineering team, McHugh Engineering Group, provided structural expertise for updates and modifications. The adaptive reuse project was funded by investments from the local populace, tax-increment financing subsidies from the city of Chicago, a state grant and a Historic Places loan.

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Jasmine Kilman is Content Director of Connect Commercial Real Estate, covering Chicago and greater Chicagoland, the Midwest, Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest. She covers industry trends, transaction deals, market research, and produces daily news stories. With experience in marketing and communications for academic nonprofits and corporate clients, including Hearst Media, Hilton, and Coldwell Banker, Kilman has written about commercial real estate, environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG), technology, healthcare, and philanthropy. She was born and raised in California and graduated with a degree in public relations. In her spare time, Kilman enjoys hiking and traveling to new locations with her family.