James McHugh Construction Co. has built a business building Chicago's skyline. The company's contributions include the Civic Opera House, the Arlington Park horse-racing complex, and the historic Blackstone Hotel. The firm offers general contracting, consulting, construction and project management, design/build, and concrete services. It builds both private and public works that are complex, large-scale, and often high-rise. Clients have included American Airlines, The University of Chicago, and the US Navy. The construction company was founded in 1897 by namesake James D. McHugh, an Irish bricklayer. The firm remains a family-owned business run by chairman James P. McHugh.