Pritzker saves the Thompson Center in $70 million deal

The Helmut Jahn-designed building will be converted into a mixed-use property with office, retail and hotel space.

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Lotto winners standing in line to claim prize money at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. Linda Lutton/WBEZ
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Lotto winners standing in line to claim prize money at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. Linda Lutton/WBEZ

Pritzker saves the Thompson Center in $70 million deal

The Helmut Jahn-designed building will be converted into a mixed-use property with office, retail and hotel space.

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Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday announced plans to sell the James R. Thompson Center for $70 million. The new majority owners plan to preserve the building with new office, retail and hotel space.

Reset takes a closer look at plans for the iconic Helmut Jahn-designed building.

GUESTS: Lee Bey, Chicago Sun-Times editorial board member, author of Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side

Ward Miller, executive director at Preservation Chicago