Marina City in Chicago

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Photo of Marina City in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of Marina City in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Marina City in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Marina City in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Marina City in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Marina City in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Marina City in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Marina City in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Marina City in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Marina City in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Marina City in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Marina City in Chicago, Illinois
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Marina City

300 North State Street, Chicago, Illinois, Near North Side 60654
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  • September, 2010: This building was named #14 on Chicago Magazine's list of the Top 40 Buildings in Chicago.
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  • These buildings were commissioned by the International Union of Janitors.
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  Growing up on the North side and having cousins on the South side,downtown Chicago was a common area to meet. One of our most exciting and cheap activities we called "traipsing". This simply was hiking up and down the Loop seeking out and sometimes sneaking in every nook and cranny in these enormous caverns in the famous Second City in the U.S. When Marina City started to grow with its unique shape was a natural magnet to our curiosity. I recall clearly one particular "caper" (sneaking in) when we were able to get beyond the barriers. It must have been on a Sunday since no workman were around. We climbed the stairs to approximately a little over half way up. We started to explore the unfinished units,with sawhorses,lumber and metal scraps strewn about the unpainted pie shaped room. Some units had not yet had the sliding door or the rails installed on the exterior patio. Stepping over that warning barrier to move outside ,with the wind noticeably blowing,seeing the river waaay down there,I was not out there very long !I think I was in 9th or 10th grade,which is now over 50yrs ago,it's amazing how clear that memory remains. Whether it's the old Bob Newhart Show or almost any movie,TV or film that is using Chicago as a site reference,there they are,my old friends,THE TWINS !

Tj Gaughan - Sunday, July 12th, 2015 @ 9:32pm  

  I'm biased, having been a renter from 1972 and a unit owner (though not always a resident) since 1977, but this is still my favorite Chicago residential building. Probably the most regrettable development in its later history is the stylistically-discordant Smith & Wollensky restaurant shoebox. Good restaurant; horribly site-insensitive architecture.

Alan Follett - Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 @ 8:55am  

  I lived here from 1963-1972 and sometimes wish I still did.

EM - Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 @ 10:06pm  

  Known as the "corncobs" or the "corncob buildings, they were featured prominently in the movie "The Blues Brothers". The units are pie-shaped (with the elevators and mechanical systems in the center), requiring some creativity with your furniture placement. The buildings went condo in the 1980s.

David Perry - Monday, February 9th, 2009 @ 4:54pm  

  I've been fascinated with these twins since my early teens, while growing up in Alabama.

Daddydl - Wednesday, June 6th, 2007 @ 8:43am  

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