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James R. Thompson Center, Chicago

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Government Building · Tourist Spot
The James R. Thompson Center (JRTC), originally the State of Illinois Center, is located at 100 W. Randolph Street in the Loop district of Chicago and houses offices of the Illinois state government. The building serves as a secondary capitol for the State of Illinois in the most populated city and county of the state. It is considered one of the most significant postmodern buildings in the city of Chicago.
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  • 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....  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • Not only is the Thompson Center a building full of character and charm, but it is home to over a dozen retail food vendors and local businesses. You can grab a bite to eat at the immaculate food court in the basement and then browse the shops upstairs. The artwork surrounding the building as well as the buildings architecture is something to stop and take a moment to soak in.
  • Very nice architecture created by Helmut Jahn.

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