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James R. Thompson Center

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The atrium is a must see

this building is a must see if only for the shear size of it's atrium. It's huge an awesome... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
garyhow60614
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North Chicago, Illinois
Unique design

I think it is pretty despite hearing from others that it is ugly and cold. I found it unique with... read more

Reviewed June 29, 2018
Betty C
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“The atrium is a must see”
Jun 29, 2018
“Unique design”
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this building is a must see if only for the shear size of it's atrium. It's huge an awesome. however, it seems to me that there is a lot of wasted space in this building and I can't imagine that it is really appropriate to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

from inside its much more interresting than from outside. lots of choices in the atrium foofcourt and an impressive space inside. its closed on sundays

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Christoph R
Reviewed July 19, 2018

I had googled for interesting architecture to see, and this came up on my list. I honestly don't know why. Fortunately, it only took a few minutes to pop in and say "really?". But I would not give it even those few minutes if I...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Rooindie
Reviewed June 29, 2018

I think it is pretty despite hearing from others that it is ugly and cold. I found it unique with its colorful open design. It feels like you are inside a rocket launch pad. You have to see it to appreciate it. It is not...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Betty C
Reviewed March 6, 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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Batholemew
Reviewed December 17, 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

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank irina g
Reviewed November 26, 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

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank scottd272
Reviewed August 23, 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.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank BatGuano30
Reviewed August 5, 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

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank MrSaturn64
Reviewed October 4, 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

Date of experience: October 2016
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jillandben
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What to do for one (Monday) night in Chicago? (9 Replies)
I have just a few hours to spend after a business meeting for my first trip to Chicago on the evening of 11/20. I will be staying at the Allegro (W. Randolph & N. LaSalle). Suggestions for what to do? I'd prefer something close to the hotel and see that there are no performances on Monday nights. What does the James R. Thompson center have to offer? Shopping and dining, I assume? Is it safe for a young woman to walk in this area in the evening by herself? Thanks in...More
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Response fromtulu|
With just a few hours you don't want to travel too far. Walk down State Street and check out Macy's x-mas windows. Decent food at Italian Village nearby. Good shopping on State Street, as well. Andy's has jazz at 12, 5 and 9 I believe. I don't reccomend the food. Stop and have a nightcap. It's safe, just use common sense. What a shame, only a few hours. Chicago has so much to do. Have fun!!