James R. Thompson Center
James R. Thompson Center
3.5
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
The area
Address
Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
How to get there
  • Clark/Lake • 2 min walk
  • Clark/Lake • 2 min walk
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3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles59 reviews
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garyhow60614
North Chicago, IL45 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
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 carry on much of the state's business. A colossal waste of space, it must be totally energy inefficient, but the atrium is something to see.
Written November 29, 2018
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BigEaterMichael
Park Forest, Illinois9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
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.
Written November 4, 2015
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Mark S
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Business
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? I think not. That said, sometimes they have some very interesting art shows in its large atrium. The place is clean (typically), ok to look at, and sometimes an amusing place to people watch. They have a card shop, and some small stores. It connects to mass transit (subway).
Written February 26, 2015
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Colm R
Chicago, IL32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Enjoyed a tour of this building given by preservationists trying to save this building. The tour is free and given monthly. Well worth going along. Our tour was joined by a number of guests who added to the discussion and provided some great insights. Keep in mind the owner of the building the State of Illinois has not maintained the building properly hence why they are trying to sell it off. I wanted to add a link here to the historical group that is trying to save the building but TA does not permit that.
Written January 23, 2020
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Louiegirl_Chicago
Chicago, IL1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
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 black, red, and blue, colored tiers (as one can easily imagine exist inside upon approaching the abomination from outdoors). i wonder how many of them successfully threw their bodies down to the lower level, where the food court (if you can call THAT poison food!) is located, but more importantly, it is where the gladiator circle is situated. if you go into that strikingly foul pile of glass that has the nerve to call itself Architecture--which appears to need jet propulsion feet added to its underside so that it can blast itself into outer space, never to return again--and you walk to the center of the lobby, you will find a circular space surrounded by a guard rail. below, you see a fancy multicolored and patterned swirly circle of pieces of granite that make up "the pit". the guard rail is probably there so that the normal, average, working class bloke will not get ideas and jump into the pit when the fighters, with their swords and armor, are cutting one another to shreds. such combatants are, logically, our politicians. remember, this is the united states of america. i'd love to watch politicians fighting it out the old fashioned way rather than giving up my lunch break to punch a voting card. be forewarned: prepare yourself before looking at (even the exterior, with an ugly, meaningless dubuchet black and white demon guarding for those that are unwary and unprepared of the horror they shall soon encounter when they walk into the building). DO NOT EAT. you are liable to lose that meal, casting it out of your stomachs PDQ from exposing your eyes to it, the james r thompson center!
Written September 6, 2014
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Katie W
Chicago, IL21 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Solo
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!
Written August 21, 2012
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jazspin9
Robbins, IL17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Business
The Thompson Center is a must see. The building itself is all glass and metal but the building is red white and blue. I am amazed at the architecture of this building it's round and the elevators are very fast and all glass. One of the coolest buildings I've seen. And the floors are over looking one another it designer went over and beyond the realm when creating it. One of Chicago's must see buildings. And the El trains run right next to it and the subway right underneath.
Written September 13, 2016
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observer2011
Leeds, UK553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Solo
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 to the adjacent El station at Clark & Lake on the north side of the building. It's supposed to be an impossible space to air-condition!
Written June 12, 2015
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DoogieT
Linden, TN119 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I don't know why anyone would want to go there unless it's for lunch and you work nearby. It's a 60s eye sore. If you do have to transact State of IL business, plan on long lines and when you get to the front your window clerk will tell you 'I'm gong on break'. What did you expect, it's government.
Written January 31, 2012
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Karen C
St. John's, Canada3,130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
I love photographing cool architecture. If you do too, you must go to this building.

The atrium is huge and impressive. Bring a wide angle lens! I used a fisheye lens and it was perfect.

Quick to walk to from the Clark/Lake train station.
Written April 17, 2019
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