We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

James R. Thompson Center

100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601-3218
+1 312-346-0777
Website
Save
Review Highlights
A massive waste of space!

Let me start by saying, that whoever designed this was clearly paying the bill for the... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2018
Batholemew
,
Plainfield,IL
via mobile
Massive Edifice

Walking to the Cadillac Palace Theater the other week, we passed by this enormous building on W... read more

Reviewed 18 December 2017
irina g
,
Illinois
Read all 53 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent26%
  • Very good30%
  • Average28%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible5%
23 Aug 2017
“Mixed Bag of Architecture ”
5 Aug 2017
“Interesting”
About
Open Now
Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
See all hours
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
17°
May
23°
13°
Jun
26°
16°
Jul
Contact
100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601-3218
Downtown / The Loop
Website
+1 312-346-0777
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Chicago
from US$ 24.00
More Info
from US$ 79.00
More Info
Chicago CityPASS
263 Reviews
from US$ 106.00
More Info
from US$ 21.00
More Info
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (53)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
Filter

1 - 10 of 41 reviews

Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Let me start by saying, that whoever designed this was clearly paying the bill for the construction. Because the taxpayer got hosed. I have been inside twice in the past month and dreaded both visits. As a user of the building, it is horrendous and...More

Thank Batholemew
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 18 December 2017

Walking to the Cadillac Palace Theater the other week, we passed by this enormous building on W. Randolph Str, that occupies the whole block and definitely attracts attention by its contemporary design and colors. It stands out in a sharp contrast to an overall historic...More

Thank irina g
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 26 November 2017

The building is look so nice from the outside of it. It is very cool place to visit here. Did not have any problems here

Thank Scott D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

The exterior is kind of a comical mess, but the interior is breathtaking. Beautiful terrazzo flooring, especially looking down on the lower level.

Thank BatGuano30
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 6 August 2017

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 be in danger soon, as there are rumors of demolition...More

Thank MrSaturn64
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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...More

Thank PamplonaBound
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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...More

1  Thank jazspin9
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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...More

Thank illinois travelere
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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...More

Thank Nick D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a
good starting point to sample the city's energy and
flavor. This central business district boasts
Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier
shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep
your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many
photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of
Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of
...More
Nearby HotelsSee all 197 hotels in Chicago
Kimpton Hotel Allegro
881 reviews
.15 km away
Cambria Hotel & Suites Chicago Loop - Theatre District
138 reviews
.22 km away
theWit - A DoubleTree by Hilton
2,748 reviews
.32 km away
The Westin Chicago River North
2,060 reviews
.35 km away
Nearby Restaurants
312 Chicago
468 reviews
.08 km away
Luke's Lobster Chicago
86 reviews
.10 km away
Ronny's Original Chicago Steakhouse
157 reviews
.09 km away
Freshii
45 reviews
.08 km away
Nearby Attractions
Chicago River
1,276 reviews
.26 km away
Goodman Theatre
385 reviews
.17 km away
Oriental Theatre
392 reviews
.24 km away
The Chicago Theatre
687 reviews
.33 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from James R. Thompson Center staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit
;