Sale of the James R. Thompson Center

The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) is issuing a solicitation to seek competitive proposals to sell the James R. Thompson Center (JRTC) located at 100 West Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois 60601.

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The JRTC is located in Chicago's "Loop", one of the City's 77 designated community areas, which serves as the heart of the City's central business district. The Loop is home to many corporate offices, government buildings, educational institutions, and is also one of the fastest-growing residential downtowns in the United States.

The site is bound by Lake Street on the north, by Clark Street on the east, by Randolph Street on the south, and by LaSalle Street on the west.

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World Class City

Chicago, the third largest city in the United States with an annual gross regional product of nearly $700 billion, has one of the most diversified economies in the world. The Chicago region is home to more than 400 major corporate facilities across numerous industries including manufacturing, consumer products, communications and technology, financial services and securities and commodities exchanges, including more than 30 Fortune 500 company headquarters. In 2020, for the eighth consecutive year, Chicago was ranked as the top metro area in the United States for corporate expansions and relocations, thanks to its diverse pipeline of talent, global connectivity, and other core strengths.

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Chicago, formed by more than 18 miles of Lake Michigan, also offers plenty of outdoor activities. The lakefront trail connects you to many of Chicago’s most popular parks and beaches such as Grant Park, Jackson Park, Northerly Island, and North Avenue beach. Residents and visitors travel the trail and enjoy the lake waters on one side and the skyline to the other. Nearby the property, the award-winning Chicago Riverwalk is a 1.25-mile pedestrian-friendly attraction, allowing visitors to enjoy cafes, public art, and the Chicago Skyline in the heart of downtown.


The JRTC is in close proximity to all major modes of transportation in Chicago including CTA ‘L” stations and bus stops, I-90/I-94/I-290, three major commuter rail stations, the Chicago Pedway, and water taxi transportation.

The CTA Clark / Lake subterranean and elevated transit station situated on the site is the CTA’s busiest transit station and serves 7 of the 8 CTA “L” lines. The station provides direct transit service to both International airports, O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport, in under 45 minutes.

Museums and Culture

Chicago has a vibrant cultural scene with more than 40 museums, including the Art Institute and the Museum Campus along Lake Michigan that is home to the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and Field Museum.

A wealth of art can be experienced in Chicago including more than 100 sculptures, mosaics, and paintings in downtown Chicago, which many refer to as a free open-air museum. Across the street from the JRTC is a large sculpture by Pablo Picasso. Chicago's neighborhoods also have a wealth of art and murals that enhance the streetscape.

Theater and Performing Arts

The Chicago Theater District, located within the Loop, entertains more than 1.7 million people annually in its five theaters. Additionally, the Grammy Award-winning Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago feature some of the world’s best music.

Chicago is also the birthplace of modern improvisational comedy and home to The Second City, a renowned comedy theatre. Additionally, the City hosts famous modern and jazz dance troupes including the Joffrey Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Other Attractions

Millennium Park, on the east side of the Loop, is the number one tourist attraction in the Midwest, offering a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design, and art that provides the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs.

Navy Pier is another top attraction for culture, dining, and shopping, featuring free public programs throughout the year. Since its reopening in 1995, more than 180 million guests have visited the Pier to experience its fireworks displays, live music, theatre, and daily cruises.

McCormick Place is the largest and most flexible-use convention center in North America with over 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, 173 meeting rooms, and one of the largest ballrooms in the world. The campus provides world-class facilities that can accommodate any event.

JRTC History

Opened in 1985 as the State of Illinois Center, the building was renamed in 1993 to honor former Illinois Governor James R. Thompson. The JRTC is a 17-story marble, granite, glass, and steel structure, encompassing approximately 1.2 million sq. ft. of enclosed area and seated on nearly 3-acre site. The building’s envelope slopes in height to create a southeast facing exposure, topped by a cylindrical skylight, 75 feet above the roof level. The sky-lit rotunda is 160 feet in diameter and is surrounded by 16 floors of office space, which is open to the atrium below.