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James R. Thompson Center

100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL
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Ranked #241 of 366 attractions in Chicago
Type: Government Buildings
Traveler Description: Multi-colored building across from City Hall was built on the site of the former Greyhound Bus Terminal.  It houses Illinois State Offices (jncluding... more »
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Chicago, Illinoi
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95 reviews 95 reviews
37 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

This Helmut Jahn creation is fantastic when you're inside, near the center, looking up into the atrium. I'm not fond of the outside appearance--looks too 70's. People who work here hate it because it's almost impossible to cool it sufficiently in the summer as it acts like a big greenhouse. But it is truly stunning in appearance, plus there are... More

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Chicago, IL
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72 reviews 72 reviews
48 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

This is a building you want to go into and wander around. Designed by Helmut Jahn, a big egotist, it's all open area, except for the offices around the outside on the upper floors. Of course there are urban legends about workers or visitors plummeting to their deaths on the marble floor below...and I think at least one of those... More

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Lombard, Illinois
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

Used to work accross the street and would go there for lunch all the time. Way too crowded and slow. They would sometimes have interesting art shows inside the atrium. The stores are really gems in the city. Youd have to go to the burbs to find them average.

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chicago, il
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

We celebrated Christmas at a party given by the Illinois Industrial Commission in the lobby. There were several food stations, so there was no waiting. There was an orchestra for your enjoyment. It was a fun evening.

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