Everett M. Dirksen U.S. Courthouse

219 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60604
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West side of Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, Chicago, IL

The Everett M. Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in downtown Chicago, Illinois – located on the east side of Dearborn Street, bound by Adams Street (north) and Jackson Boulevard (south) – is named for Everett McKinley Dirksen, who served Illinois as a U.S. Representative from 1933-49 and U.S. Senator from 1951-69.

Property Manager: Julie Nowak

Public Hours: 7:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m. (operating hours 7:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.) Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)

For more building information and service calls, use the contact info at top right. For other federal government information, call (800) FED-INFO.

Key Tenants

The courthouse is home to the U.S. District and Bankruptcy courts, Court of Appeals, and other court-related tenants. On the latest (2015) Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 76% rated the courthouse and GSA services four or five on a five-point scale.


The Fresh Market Cafe is open to the public on weekdays 7:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. It serves a variety of menu items for breakfast and lunch. Free public Wi-Fi is available. The building also houses a federal child care center for infants age six-weeks to 15-months old. 

Conference Rooms 

Two conference rooms adjoining the cafeteria are available for tenant use. The larger room seats up to 60 people theater style and has a wireless microphone system. The smaller room accommodates up to 20 people in a round table setting. Both rooms have a conference phone, a computer data outlet, white boards, ceiling mounted projectors and screens, DVD/VCR capability, and tables and chairs. The conference rooms are available 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. during normal work days, though exceptions for extended hours can be made. For reservations call the Dirksen Courthouse Service Desk at (312) 353-6996.

History & Architecture 

The Dirksen U.S. Courthouse is a 30-story glass and steel high-rise designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and built in 1964. View in-depth historical information on the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse and other buildings in the Chicago Federal Plaza, among more than 80 properties featured in GSA's Public Buildings Heritage Program. Through an award-winning series of posters and brochures, this program details 150 years of notable construction and offers Web pages explaining the architecture and history of featured buildings.

The shortcut for this page is www.gsa.gov/emdct.

Last Reviewed 2016-03-17