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Richard J. Daley Center

  • 50 W. Washington St. Map It
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Published 08/31/2015

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Named for late mayor Richard J. Daley, this boldly plain high-rise is the headquarters of the Cook County court system, but it's best known as the site of a sculpture by Picasso. Simply dubbed the Picasso, this monumental piece provoked an outcry when it was installed in 1967; baffled Chicagoans tried to determine whether it represented a woman or an Afghan hound. In the end, they gave up guessing and simply embraced it as a unique symbol of the city. The building itself was constructed in 1965 of Cor-Ten steel, which weathers naturally to an attractive bronze. In summer, its plaza is the site of concerts, political rallies, and a Thursday farmers' market. In December, the city's official Christmas tree is erected here, and Christkindlmarket (a traditional German market selling food and gifts) takes over the area. For building tours, call the Circuit Court's Office of Public Affairs at 312/603–1928.

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50 W. Washington St., Chicago, Illinois, 60602, USA

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  • Weekdays 8–5:30

Published 08/31/2015


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