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James R. Thompson Center

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Address: 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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It's a state run building, what do you expect?

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 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 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 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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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

9.6.2014 how i WISH we'd form a coalition, or a lobby, that would prevent monstrosities such as this eyesore to even go to groundbreaking! ugh! the james thompson state of illinois building is located on the northwest corner of randolph and clark. many depressed people lost their lives by going to the top floors and throwing themselves off the decrepitly... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Jahn/ Murphy designed this quite peculiar building in The 90ies right in the middle of the postmodern era. One loves/ hates this tronconical building with its funny colors from the beginning! But once inside, a huge circular patio is 17 stories high, and the steel structure plays in the sky with other surrounding buildings. A very interesting marble floor is... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We transferred trains here. It's nasty and there are police officers with muzzled dogs. The building itself is a complete eyesore to the city of Chicago, and the state of Illinois, for that matter. My children and wife felt very unsafe, as did I.

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Highland Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Every Chicago architecture fan must visit this fascinating building. The enormous atrium is spectacular; visitors are always fascinated. Be sure to learn the controversial history of its construction and how difficult it is for employees to work in it.

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Calumet City, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

I liked the structure and the setting of the building. It has lots of restaurants. I went here to renew my driver's license. I was able to get in and out with no problem. My husband and I sat in the eating area and we had lunch when I was done. The food is excellent.

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Evanston, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Facility appears to be poorly maintained with a weak design and poor construction, The seats were OK in the auditorium.

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Because that is the only reason (other than taking a ride on the blue line) that I can think of for going here... The Sec of State office at this location is great!

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

There is no reason to visit the Thompson Center unless you have business here. All that is located here is a crappy food court and state offices.

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