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Busy at the Weekends, Quieter During the Week

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Illinois Art Gallery Thompson Center

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  • Explore one of Chicago's largest collections of art by Illinois artists
  • The Thomposon Center has many stores and dining options

Address:
100 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
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See Amazing Art by Illinois Artists at the Thomson Center Chicago Art Gallery

Located in

Central

The Loop

This activity is FREE!


Summary

Features: The Thompson Center Chicago has an interesting and rich history. Recognizing the importance of art in the lives of Illinois citizens, in 1977 Governor James R. Thompson signed into law Public Act 80-241. This Act created the "% for Art Program", which sets aside a 1/2 a percent of the total monies appropriated for construction of state-funded public buildings to be used for the purchase of art. The purpose of the "% for Art Program" is to promote and support arts in Illinois, place artwork in accessible locations for the public during everyday activities and humanize the architectural environment by enhancing state buildings and other areas occupied by visitors and employees.
Since July 1, 1978, the state has obtained more than 600 works of art, varying in size, shape, and medium, for 25 projects located throughout Illinois. The James R. Thompson Center has the largest single collection of contemporary Illinois art, with more than 150 displayed works, which exhibit the exceptional talents of Illinois artists and restake Chicago's claim as the cultural hub of the Midwest. The Chicago attractions Thompson Center Art Gallery is a must see on your next visit to America's windy city.

Why We Go: The Thompson Center Chicago is a must see for any art and culture aficionado. With hundreds of works of art on display by local artists, the James R. Thompson Center is an absolute feast for the eyes.

  • Great Value: Viewing art at the Thompson Center Chicago is always completely free!
  • Unique: Where else can you find such a highly concentrated collection of local contemporary art?
  • Location: The Illinois Art Gallery Thompson Center is located in The Loop, one of Chicago's most historic and highly visited districts.

Inside Knowledge: The Thompson Center Chicago is a work of art in itself! It's postmodernism design and architecture is worth the visit alone.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Take Pictures: The Illinois Art Gallery Thompson Center is a great opportunity to take your sight seeing vacation snaps.
  • Do Stay for Lunch: The James R. Thompson Center also houses a huge and reasonably priced food court
  • Don't Forget to Explore: The Thompson Center Chicago not only has fantastic art, but also features some amazing boutiques, popular chain stores and a host of restaurants and dining options.
  • Don't Expect a Museum: The Thomson Center Chicago Art Gallery is a great place to see amazing art, but it isn't displayed in museum format and guided tours aren't offered.