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James R. Thompson Center

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Address: 100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601-3218
08:30 - 17:00
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unusual architecture

Helmut Jahn has designed structures all over the world. There are about two dozen examples of his work in the Chicago area. The Thompson Center is one of the more... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2016
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Chicago, Illinois
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140 reviews
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

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 offices on the 17th floor. When you walk in, you notice an enormous cavernous space, with offices around the perimeter of the building on different floors. You need to show identification in... More 

Thank PamplonaBound
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

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 very fast and all glass. One of the coolest buildings I've seen. And the floors are over looking one another it designer... More 

1 Thank jazspin9
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016

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.

Thank TabraizFeham
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902 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 333 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Helmut Jahn has designed structures all over the world. There are about two dozen examples of his work in the Chicago area. The Thompson Center is one of the more controversial. Now that the second-floor Illinois Artisans Shop is permanently closed (a victim of state budget cuts), there's little reason to spend any time here -- unless you are renewing... More 

Thank illinois travelere
Calgary, Canada
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699 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2016

stopped here for a coffee while on a self guided art walk - there is a sculpture outside in the plaza. I was happily impressed with the building - large airy centre portion; not your typical government building.. It's light and wide open -even the food court in the basement doesn't feel crowded.

Thank Nick D
Park Forest, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2015

Chinese, Greek, burgers, pizza, Indian, burritos, all types of food can be gotten down stairs in the Thompson Center. Fast food at its best for lunch. Plenty of seating in the center of the mall.

1 Thank BigEaterMichael
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 412 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2015

We stopped by the Thompson Center today - as part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's pedway tour. This building is not my favorite one in Chicago - it just does not fit in due to it's color and shape. There is a food court on the lower level. Various State Offices are above. It's worth a peek to see some... More 

Thank Diane K
Leeds, United Kingdom
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499 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2015

The JRRTC has a huge cavernous central atrium which goes up 17 floors and then some more, all steel and glass, a vast enclosed post modernist space that makes you gasp. I've also seen Mr Jahn's near identical Sony Centre at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, so did a bit of a double take on seeing this. Escalators take you up... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 February 2015

I used to work across the street. It was a decent place to go for a fast food lunch. Don't expect fine dining, it's not the Millennium Park Grill. There are state offices there. Think of the DMV in a very unique, architectural, huge, modern building - with a food court. Would you go out to dinner to the DMV?... More 

1 Thank Mark S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 22 September 2014

There is really no reason to come here, the building is ugly, inside and out. The food court downstairs is atrocious. There are a bunch homeless inside as well and other more dubious people.

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