536 S. Clark / 101 W. Congress Federal Building

Exterior long-shot view of the northeast corner of the 536 S. Clark/101 W. Congress Federal Building536 S. Clark Street
Chicago, IL
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The 536 S. Clark Federal Building is the Chicago home for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). A $65 million renovation in 2006 installed an enclosed light court, modernized public reception areas, and added a separate entrance on 101 W. Congress Parkway for DHS employees and visitors. 

Property Manager: Gina Carter

Public Hours and Access: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays); visitors must undergo security screening and present valid identification (see Real ID) before gaining access.

For more building information or service calls, use contacts at top right. For other federal government information, call 1-800-FED-INFO.

Tenant Survey

In the latest (2015) Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 77% of respondents gave a four or five rating (on a five-point scale) for the building and GSA services.

Project Updates

Recovery-Act funding was used to remove the existing roofing, install new roof drains and piping, and replace the entire roofing system with water proofing, insulation, and insulated concrete. Construction began in April 2010 and was completed in December of that year. In summer 2014, new bollards and planters with sustainable plants were installed along Clark Street, while new brick pavers were installed along Congress Parkway. 

Art in Architecture 

The building's commissioned artworks include: Low-angle view of La Tormenta sculpture

1) La Tormenta (The Storm, pictured at right), twin fiberglass/titanium sculptures by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, who modeled them after an actual 30-kilometer thundercloud that hit Illinois in 2002

2) Night Before Last/Chicago (below), Arturo Herrera's expansive mural of figural and abstract forms, including what some viewers interpret as well-known cartoon characters

Both artists became U.S. citizens in naturalization ceremonies in Chicago and earned art degrees at Chicago universities.

Interior medium shot of person viewing the mural Night Before Last/Chicago

History & Architecture

This century-old, 10-story former Rand McNally printing house and globe factory was originally designed in 1912 by Chicago architects Holabird and Roche and acquired by the federal government in 1952. The building is an example of the Chicago School architectural style, with a steel frame superstructure, masonry exterior walls, and reinforced concrete slab roof and floor. As a contributing resource to the South Loop Printing House Historic District of Chicago, this building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Last Reviewed 2016-07-16