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James R. Thompson Center, Chicago
(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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  • This is one of the most unusual official buildings in the world. At the same time is considered the "most outrageous" and "most impressive" 20th century building in Chicago. Round 17-storey glass building with a huge Hall and natural light completely unlike their usual strict State. institutions. Here is placed the huge art collection.
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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...  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 »
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  • There a lot in this place to describe. A lot of food at the food court, the DMVs and much more stuff happening. CTA also connects this place.
  • The inside structure is very fascinating and there is so much selection of food. In addition, it provides access to the Clark/Lake station which is great. Unfortunately I got an allergic reaction while eating at one of the food places or else I would give the place full stars.
  • If you're in the loop and looking for a food court variety, then this place is okay. Cleanliness, on the other hand, is questionable. Not only is this place dated, but also has a dingy/gritty kinda feel.
  • Ugliest building in Chicago but at least they have a good food court. Otherwise, you'd swear you were at a CTA stop.
  • 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.