About Marina City & marinacity.org

Marina City is a mixed-use complex along the main branch of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago. It is home to approximately 1,400 residents and 14 businesses.

Its distinctive design features two cylindrical, 588-foot towers, each comprised of 18 parking levels, 40 floors of condominium units, a floor for laundry and storage, an observation deck, and a three-story mechanical penthouse. The towers rise from a two-story, 300,000 square foot commercial platform.

Built in the 1960s and universally considered an icon of Chicago, Marina City was for a time the tallest residential building in the world and the tallest building made of reinforced concrete.

Its many film credits include The Hunter, in which Steve McQueen plays a bounty hunter who chases a fugitive up the spiral parking ramp on the west tower before the villain loses control and drives off into the river.

Although the residential floors are not open to the public, much of the complex is accessible and visitors are welcome.

Marina City has six bars – one of which is a House of Blues and another is an upscale bowling alley. Marina City’s five restaurants range from fast food to fancy dining.

On the concourse level, accessed from steps leading down from State Street and Dearborn Street, there is a dry cleaner and grocery store.

Hotel Chicago is a 353-room Marriott with a recently renovated lobby, new meeting rooms, and a new bar.

On the marina level, you can rent a small electric boat and continue your exploration of the Chicago River.

marinacity.org is the world’s first and most comprehensive record of Chicago icon Marina City. It is a service of Loop North (formerly Marina City Online), a news and information website serving the Loop and Near North neighborhoods of downtown Chicago.

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