James R. Thompson Center

Commerce, Culture, & State Offices Under Glass

Where can you find 1.2 million square feet of spectacular space under glass?

Nowhere else but the James R. Thompson Center in the heart of downtown Chicago.

If you are looking for an exciting environment in which to host your next special event, our 16-story Atrium and Concourse is the place for you. We can accommodate from 200 to 2000 people for cocktail receptions, dinner dances, or product displays. If your needs include a facility for stage presentation, our 600-seat Assembly Hall Auditorium is just the place.

Conveniently located near hotels, convention facilities, mass transit, expressways, and public parking, this extraordinary architectural setting offers your group - whether it be corporate or very private - a memorable experience.

This fascinating building is a world-wide attraction that features an art gallery, artisans shop, three floors of restaurants and shops, and 13 floors of balconies that surround the 160 foot rotunda. "Wait until you see it... It is no less than breathtaking," wrote the Chicago Tribune's Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Gapp about the James R.Thompson Center. Spectacular views abound from any vantage point, including the 72-foot diameter open cutout of the lobby which shows the 4,000 square foot lower Concourse level with its marble rosette center. Glass elevator shafts, glass-paneled walls and ceiling, and marble-inlay floors make this an ideal setting for impressive entertaining, elegant sit-down dinners, and perfect dance receptions. The building is one of Chicago's most popular sites for fundraisers, concerts, and other special events.

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