When I first started getting into photography I was living in the Chicago area and would find myself in the city on occasion. One of my favorite buildings to visit and photograph was the State of Illinois Building. The lines and open space of the Helmut Jahn designed building really captured my attention and I always found ways to take pictures of the building which was different. Fast forward thirty years and I still have that same feeling when I am in Chicago and able to visit this building. On this visit I found this view of the exterior and the reflection bringing in additional lines with patterns to compliment those on this iconic facade.
The open space of the building has been an issue over the years, while designed to help convey the message of open government it is also limiting to the State. There were talks of tearing down the now James Thompson Center as the state looked to sell the building however the building was sold to a developer who plans to preserve the building.