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James R. Thompson Center, Chicago

Categories: Government Buildings, Tourist Spots
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2.8/5 based on 45 reviews on the web
The James R. Thompson Center (JRTC) is located at 100 W. Randolph Street in the Loop, Chicago, Illinois and houses offices of the Illinois state government.Early historyThe building opened in May 1985 as the State of Illinois Center. It was renamed in 1993 to honor former Illinois Republican Governor James R. Thompson. The property takes up the entire block bound by Randolph, Lake, Clark and LaSalle Streets, one of the 35 full-size city blocks within Chicago's Loop. In front of the Thompson Center is a sculpture, Monument With Standing Beast, by Jean Dubuffet. The JRTC is sometimes referred to as the State Building.DesignThe JRTC was designed by Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn now called JAHN Architects. It opened to mixed reviews by critics, ranging from "outrageous" to "wonderful". The color of the street-level panels was compared to tomato soup. The 17-story, all-glass exterior curves and slopes facing a south west plaza. The design simultaneity looks forward with advanced architectural tectonics (of the time) and back to recapture the grandeur of large public spaces. Visitors to the JRTC's interior can see all 17 floors layered partway around the building's immense skylit atrium. The open-plan offices on each floor are supposed to carry the message of "an open government in action."
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  • The Thompson Center, named after former governor James Thompson, was designed by Helmut Jahn and contains different state offices including the Illinois Attorney General and the Governor's Chicago off...  read more »
  • The Thompson Center is a must see. The building itself is all glass and metal but the building is red white and blue. I am amazed at the architecture of this building it's round and the elevators are ...  read more »
  • Friends photographers, don't miss this high 17-story atrium offering a remarkable perspective. Light enters harmoniously and the lines are beautiful (for little people to like photographing the modern monuments of course). A beautiful rose on the floor of the ground floor offers also the opportunity of beautiful photos. At the entrance a sculpture by Dubuffet sits on the square.
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  • There's always a lot going on at the Thompson center. Food court with many options on their lower floor. You have to go through security to go to their upper floors. A couple of dozen vendors selling items or providing information on the main floor.
  • the elevators from the CTA going into the building are drenched in stale urine and one had rotting feces. it's a real class act. don't miss this gem while visiting Chicago!
  • Very nice and large food court. I recently went to renew my ID and the service was very quick and organized. The building was actually very crowded the
  • Ugliest building in Chicago but at least they have a good food court. Otherwise, you'd swear you were at a CTA stop.
  • This building is both ugly and spectacular. Very 60's / 70's design, but it's amazing how open it is inside. There's tons of food options as well as a DMV, bank and place to get your hair cute. It's got it all!
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