Trip Planner:   USA  /  Illinois  /  Chicago  /  Sightseeing  /  James R. Thompson Center

James R. Thompson Center, Chicago

2.9
#48 of 78 in Sightseeing in Chicago
Government Building Tourist Spot
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."
Plan your James R. Thompson Center visit and explore what else you can see and do in Chicago using our Chicago itinerary planner.
Source
Create an itinerary including James R. Thompson Center
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
47 reviews
Google
4.0
  • 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...  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 ...  more »
  • Its grandeur, awesome and unique. Once you get in the building realize the magnitude of it which is really inspiring. There is a food court at the basement with lots of options.  more »
Google
  • Impressive building with unique architecture. A food court next to government buildings sums up USA pretty well
  • AWESOME ! This place is massive . The Auditorium downstairs is Gi-Normous . I came Wednesday 28/JUN/2017 for a Mental Health Training . It's Cavernous and the Food Court is equally Choice Friendly !
  • Cool design! Also direct connection to CTA trains, which do have elevators and escalators.
  • I love this food court, but they close too early.
  • It's the 1980's building of the future. I love it, there is a large food court at the bottom of the atrium which has a Taco Bell!

Plan your trip to Chicago

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Chicago

The Midwest's major center for business conventions, Chicago boasts many affordable places to stay, with most hotels located around the airport and the city's central business district. To discover the city from a comfortable base within walking distance of most tourist attractions, aim for one of the big chain hotels in the downtown area. If you're traveling on a limited budget and wish to get a deeper sense of Chicago's many diverse neighborhoods, consider staying away from the pricey city center and explore suburbs on a commuter train line for easy city access.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Chicago by other users

21 days in Missouri & Illinois BY A USER FROM ITALY September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in United States BY A USER FROM ITALY September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM LITHUANIA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM ITALY August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM CANADA August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM CANADA August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM CANADA August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans