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City Hall, Chicago: 3 reviews and 7 photos

  City Hall
by Dabs

When I used to work in downtown Chicago, I would pass through this building quite frequently as it was the end of the pedway, an underground walkway that passes below Randolph Street across the loop. I didn't really give it much thought as a place to visit but does have a lovely stately interior with access to everyone. The west side is City Hall which houses the city government offices including the Mayor and the east side is the County Building which houses the Cook County government offices (Chicago is a city inside of Cook County).

The current building takes up a whole city block and dates to 1911, inside you will find marble stairways/arches and bronze tablets honoring the past city halls of Chicago from 1837 to the present. On the exterior there are four granite panels representing four principal concerns of city government: playgrounds, schools, parks, and water supply.

Something I would love to see is the roof garden, installed in 2001. This is not open to the public but on occasion a guided tour will go up there.

City Hall is featured in the movie Blues Brothers which was filmed in Chicago, they break into the building towards the end of the film in order to pay the taxes.

Address: 121 N. LaSalle St./118 N. Clark St
Directions: Between Randolph, LaSalle, Washington, and Clark Streets in the Loop
Phone: 312-744-5000
Website: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 14, 2007
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