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James R. Thompson Center

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Address: 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL
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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Park Forest, Illinois

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Park Forest, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank BigEaterMichael
Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 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 

1 Thank observer2011
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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 

1 Thank Mark S
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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.

Thank HelenaGuerra
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

Thank Artkk
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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.

Thank disgusted41
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.

Thank Ross F
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.

Thank Renee L

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