Harold Washington Social Security Center
600 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL, 60661-2406
The Harold Washington Social Security Center occupies one city block of downtown Chicago's West Loop. Owned by GSA but delegated to the Social Security Administration, the building is named in honor of Harold Lee Washington, a former U.S. Congressman and the first African-American Mayor of Chicago, who served the city from 1983 until his death in 1987. Building amenities include an auditorium and a vending area.
Property Manager: Sharon Young
For more building information or service calls, contact the Washington SSA Service Desk using the information in the top right box on this page. For other federal government information, call 1-800-FED-INFO.
Building Hours The building is not open to the public. Its hours for federal employees are 6:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays).
Parking and Public Transportation On-site parking is available for designated SSA employees only. Public transportation is available via the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).
History and Architectural Features The Harold Washington Social Security Center, which serves as the headquarters for the SSA Regional Office, was built in 1975. This 10-story building is constructed of composite steel, a reinforced concrete structural frame clad in pre-cast concrete panels, and a glass and spandrel curtain wall.
Art in Architecture The building has two Art in Architecture commissioned works:
- Batcolumn by Claes Oldenburg depicts a colossal baseball bat that stands more than 100 feet tall and is constructed of painted steel.
- Chicago Murals by Ilya Bolotowsky (1907-1981) explores the relationship between architecture and abstract art. Displayed in the lobby, this piece was commissioned by the federal government during the New Deal Era.
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