James R. Thompson Center, Chicago

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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 exterior is kind of a comical mess, but the interior is breathtaking. Beautiful terrazzo flooring, especially looking down on the lower level.  more »
  • The Thompson Center appears to be a massive glass curved slope from the outside, but from the inside, it's a vast atrium with a food court. It's very unique, and highly impressive. The building could ...  more »
  • Here is the Illinois State Government Office building. Many people do not know. Underground is the food court. Not good, except for the shops, where Buffett's. Without Clerk's work motivation and also kitchen, dirty. The post office is always crowded, many people are complaining. Say is not frequented by the slow work of the staff, or on purpose of to work and neglected. Would be to hire a man to work better with policy, as seems special employment. Also, even though that State police and security come shoplifting, prophetionalpanhandler and a strange person. In a funny place.
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  • 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!

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