Ramova Rebirth Gets Real With Round of City Paperwork
Dec23

Ramova Rebirth Gets Real With Round of City Paperwork

In what is perhaps the best thing to happen to Bridgeport since free range gluten-free beard conditioner, plans have been filed with the city to resurrect the Ramova Theater.   The Ramova Theater (courtesy of Artefaqs stock photography) The Ramova is one of dozens of old performance spaces scattered across Chicago that were formerly hubs for their neighborhoods, providing entertainment, information, and places where people could go...

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“Bring Us Your Quirky, Funky Projects” Says Local Contractor
May14

“Bring Us Your Quirky, Funky Projects” Says Local Contractor

  Robert Berg isn’t sure when Foster Design Build became known as the go-to firm for peculiar projects. But, he’s got a pretty good idea idea how it happened. “We specialize in quirky jobs,” said Berg, president of Foster. “And we often find ourselves working on unique, interesting projects.” Right now, Foster is preparing to renovate the former Lincoln Square Firehouse, a 1890’s-vintage structure at 2100 West Eastwood...

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The Ramova Theater’s Condition: Stable But Critical
Sep25

The Ramova Theater’s Condition: Stable But Critical

When we heard last week that Bridgeport’s long-neglected Ramova Theater (3518 South Halsted Street)  was finally getting some love, our hearts went aflutter. The Ramova is the big sister of Lakeview’s beloved Music Box Theater. But while the Music Box enjoys a loyal following and star status, the Ramova slowly decays, turning into a pile of soggy sawdust and foul-smelling grit. There have been a number of attempts to...

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Briefly: Here Comes Pete, Block37, Rapid Buses
Feb10

Briefly: Here Comes Pete, Block37, Rapid Buses

  The Chicago Architecture Foundation has started a new web site to help students who are interested in architecture.  According to the press release, “DiscoverDesign.org, an online tool that guides students through the architectural process on real-world design projects, with feedback and assistance from architects and engineers from across the country.” In other news, the Chicago Architecture Foundation has, for the...

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Red Rover, Please Renovate Ramova
Jan02

Red Rover, Please Renovate Ramova

We stopped by the Ramova Theater (3518 South Halsted Street) again recently to see how the old girl is holding up. The city recently began a $300,000 project to stabilize the building until some kind soul can buy it and turn it into something other than a source of stink to compete with nearby Bubbly Creek. Around Thanksgiving, we saw some construction workers tinkering among the scaffolding on the south side of the building, but...

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