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Named in honor of the late mayor of Chicago, the current mayor's father, the Daley Civic Center is primarily devoted to the courtrooms and administrative offices of the Circuit Court of Cook County. It also houses the Cook County Sheriff's Office and the Cook County Law Library in addition to a number of other legal and administrative offices for both Chicago and Cook County. Opened in 1966, the 31-story glass and Cor-Ten steel tower was designed, in Miesian mode, by C.F. Murphy Associates. Its unadorned rectangular shape stands in striking contrast to the colorful seat of state government, the James R. Thompson Center, diagonally across the Clark and Randolph intersection, and the classically inspired City Hall, directly across Clark. Weather permitting, Daley Plaza, a public square on the south side of the building, is home to farmer's markets, concerts, art exhibits and political rallies throughout the year (during inclement weather, the building's east lobby hosts events) as well as the site for the city's Christmas tree. Daley Plaza is also home to Chicago's most widely recognized work of outdoor sculpture, a 50-foot tall Cor-Ten steel sculpture by Picasso. He didn't name it; we call it "The Picasso."