Harold Washington Social Security Center

View of Harold Washington SSA Building

600 W. Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60661
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The Harold Washington Social Security Center occupies one city block of 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.

Property Manager: Sharon Young

Building Hours: The building is not open to the public. Hours for federal employees are 6 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays).

For SSA claims or other customer issues, call 1-800-772-1213 or visit SSA.gov. For building information or service calls, contact the Harold Washington SSA Property Management Office listed elsewhere on this page. For other federal government information, call toll-free 1-844-USA-GOV1.

Parking and Public Transportation

On-site parking is available for designated SSA employees only. Public transportation is available via the Chicago Transit Authority.


Building amenities include an auditorium and a vending area.

History and Architecture

The Harold Washington Social Security Center, headquarters for SSA's Regional Office, was built in 1975. The 10-story building is made 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:

  • View of the Batcolumn oustside the Harold Washington Social Security CenterBatcolumn by Claes Oldenburg depicts a colossal baseball bat, standing more than 100 feet tall and constructed of painted steel.
  • Chicago Murals by Ilya Bolotowsky 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.

Long interior shot of the Bolotowsky art mural of colored glassView the entire federal fine arts collection at www.gsa.gov/fa.

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

Last Reviewed: 2022-10-06