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James R. Thompson Center

Address: 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL
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Ranked #255 of 307 Attractions in Chicago
Type: Government Buildings, Landmarks
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Type: Government Buildings, Landmarks
Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,758 reviews 1,758 reviews
932 attraction reviews
913 helpful votes 913 helpful votes
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 helpful vote 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
31 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
28 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
5 helpful votes 5 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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44 reviews 44 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
40 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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