U.S. Customhouse, Chicago

Exterior street-level view of the Chicago U.S. Customhouse610 S. Canal St.
Chicago, IL 60607
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Constructed in 1932, the 12-story U.S. Customhouse in Chicago is currently used as office space, primarily for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Located in the Near West Side community of Chicago, southwest of the central business district, the Custom House is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Property Manager: Gina Carter

For building service calls or more information, contact the Customhouse Service Desk using the information in the top right box on this page. For other federal government information, call 1-800-FED-INFO. 

Building Projects Three recently completed projects include:

  1. Granite cleaning and polishing around the perimeter of the building and washing and treating the limestone on the second floor;
  2. Replacement of boiler controllers, updating the sequencing, and replacing all boiler tubes to dramatically improve the heating capabilities of the building;
  3. Installation of GSALink, which provides computerized data regarding the building's operating systems and shows opportunities for saving energy.

Public Hours and Access The building is open to the public 7 a.m.– 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays). All visitors must undergo security screening and present a valid identity card (such as a state driver's license or federal ID) before gaining access to the building.

Key Tenants The building's major tenants include DHS Customs and Border Protection, DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the FBI, Office of Personnel Management, and U.S. Marshals Service. In the latest (2015) GSA Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 61% of respondents gave a more than satisfied rating (four or five on a five-point scale) for the building and GSA services.

Art in Architecture Winter Vista, the artwork installed within the Customhouse, was created by artist Karl Eugene Fortess, best known for his work as an educator.

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

Last Reviewed 2015-12-17