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Chicagos Architecture Highlights: James R. Thompson Center

James R. Thompson Center

Chicago never stops building or challenging the architectural world and the public. One of the boldest of the city's newer structures is the spectacular James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street, which has won both praise and criticism for architect Helmut Jahn. The massive red and blue, glass and granite structure houses 50 departments of state government and one of the most dazzling atriums found anywhere. Riding on the building’s glass elevator to the top floor is a must. An Illinois Artisans Shop and numerous restaurants are also found here.

100 W. Randolph St., Ste. 4-500

Harold Washington Library Center

The Harold Washington Library Center, one of Chicago’s many public libraries, was designed by Hammond, Beeby and Babka and opened in 1991. This building encompasses all that is unique to Chicago architecture within a single structure. Combining the grid patterns of the early Chicago skyscrapers, the neoclassical details of the great white structures of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition and references to Daniel Burnham's grand plan, the library is a lesson in Chicago architecture. The Harold Washington Library houses approximately two million books and includes the world's largest children's library, a public restaurant and a winter garden.

400 S. State Street

the spectacular James R. Thompson Center
The spectacular James R. Thompson Center

The Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago’s main public library branch, is the world’s largest public library building and houses more than 2 million books.



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