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When to Go:
- Marina City sits on the north bank of the Chicago River, directly across from the Loop.
- The Chicago Marina Towers each have a roof deck with a 360 degree view of Chicago's famous skyline and architecture.
- Marina City Chicago was originally advertised as a "city within a city" since it contains many on-site facilities including a theatre, gym, swimming pool, ice rink, bowling alley, several stores and restaurants, and of course, a marina.
300 N State St
Chicago, IL 60611
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Features: Marina City was quite an undertaking in 1959. It consists of two 60-story towers on three acres of land in the heart of Chicago's Loop. Each tower has 450 apartments located on the 21st through 60th floors and spiral parking for 450 automobiles beneath the apartments. Due to the cylindrical shape of the towers, the apartments are somewhat pie-shaped, providing optimum views of the city. Their shape also allows for the towers to be easily picked out in the Chicago skyline, as their circular forms resemble gigantic ears of corn-on-the-cob. A key feature for residents is the onsite marina for 700 boats.
The Chicago Marina Towers are not only a great piece of Chicago history worth getting a closer look at, but the Marina City complex is loaded with many facilities and is conveniently located within walking distance of other famous Chicago sites. Some of the amenities include: a House of Blues concert venue, ice rink, bowling alley, Hotel Sax, grocery store, four restaurants including a Dicks Last Resort, and many other stores.
Why We Go: The two corncob-shaped Marina Towers are a time machine back into Chicago's architecture in the late 1950s, but the towers aren't the only thing Marina City has to offer. The large House of Blues concert venue is a great place to see your favorite band, or check out some new local music. The many stores and restaurants along with the Hotel make Marina City a one-stop shop for every tourist.
- The Loop: Marina City Chicago is right across from Chicago's famous Loop, and is the perfect destination after spending a day there. Also, with Hotel Sax located so conveniently in Marina City, why go anywhere else?
- Concerts: The House of Blues at Marina City with its location and prominence, gets great bands to come play, and you shouldn't miss out on an opportunity to catch some great live music.
- Marina Towers: The Marina Towers are a must see for every tourist wanting to see a variety of Chicago's architecture. The famous corncob towers were state-of-the-art in the 1960s. With Marina City being the first urban post-war high-rise residential complex in the United States, it is widely credited with beginning the residential renaissance of American inner cities. Thus, besides the many amenities Marina City has to offer, the roots of downtown Chicago run deep within the towers.
Inside Knowledge: The $36 million cost of Marina City was financed to a large extent by the union of building janitors and elevator operators, who sought to reverse the pattern of white flight from the Chicago's downtown area.
Do's and Don'ts:
- Do Check Concerts: Check our House of Blues site for updates on concerts and to buy tickets for upcoming shows.
- Do Take Public Transportation: It can be quite difficult to find parking around Marina City, so make use of the "L" stations. You'll want to spend as much time as you can in Marina City, and enjoy all it has to offer.
- Don't Forget Your Kids: Marina City is great for kids. With its swimming pool, ice rink, and bowling alley, your family will never run out of something to do.
- Don't Go Anywhere Else: With all Marina City has to offer from family friendly activities to concerts and cocktail lounges, as well as its exclusive proximity to many other famous Chicago sites, you don't want to miss out.