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James R. Thompson Center

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Address: 100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601-3218
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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unusual architecture

Helmut Jahn has designed structures all over the world. There are about two dozen examples of his work in the Chicago area. The Thompson Center is one of the more... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Its grandeur, awesome and unique. Once you get in the building realize the magnitude of it which is really inspiring. There is a food court at the basement with lots of options.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Helmut Jahn has designed structures all over the world. There are about two dozen examples of his work in the Chicago area. The Thompson Center is one of the more controversial. Now that the second-floor Illinois Artisans Shop is permanently closed (a victim of state budget cuts), there's little reason to spend any time here -- unless you are renewing... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

stopped here for a coffee while on a self guided art walk - there is a sculpture outside in the plaza. I was happily impressed with the building - large airy centre portion; not your typical government building.. It's light and wide open -even the food court in the basement doesn't feel crowded.

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Park Forest, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

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.

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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.

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 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 via mobile

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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