The Biography of Chicago’s Marina City

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View at sunset looking west down Chicago River. Photo by Steven Dahlman. December 9, 2005.
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Chicago in Flames - The Rush for Lives Over Randolph Street Bridge. Illustration by John R. Chapin (1871).
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View from Executive House. Terry’s Photography. October 1960.
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Unicel Prefab Freight Car. Bertrand Goldberg Archive.
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Bertrand Goldberg. Photo by Torkel Korling. 1959.
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William McFetridge
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John Baird
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Swibel family photographed by Chicago’s American (1959).
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Aerial diagram by Bertrand Goldberg Associates (1959).
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Currier and Ives lithograph (1892).
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Alexander Wolcott
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1830 receipt for Block 1
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Thomas Dyer
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John Wright
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View of Chicago River from LaSalle-Wacker Building. Photo by Charles W. Cushman (December 21, 1944).
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1951 map of 300 block of North State Street.
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The Helix. I.M. Pei.
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Unicel Freight Refrigerator Car. Pressed Steel Car Company Inc. (1952).
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Standard agreement between owner and architect. Art Institute of Chicago (November 3, 1959).
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Aerial photo of rail yard for Metropolitan Planning Council (1950).
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Map of proposed site by Bertrand Goldberg Associates (1959).
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Local 46 Union News (January 1960).
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Chicago Title and Trust Company (December 22, 1959).
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Wacker Drive circa 1959.
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Railroad tracks at Marina City. Photo by Steven Dahlman (September 23, 2007).
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Site plan.
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East tower 21-53 floor plate.
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Models with a model of Marina City (1960).
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Central City Plan by Bertrand Goldberg Associates (Page 1)
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Central City Plan by Bertrand Goldberg Associates (Page 2)
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$36 million funding sources.
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John L. Waner (1960).
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David Sullivan, Lester Asher, William McFetridge, and Bertrand Goldberg at Astor Hotel in New York. Photo by Merkle Press Inc. (1960)
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Aerial view of Marina City groundbreaking. Chicago Sun-Times photo by Jack Lenahan (November 22, 1960).
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William McFetridge speaks by telephone with President John F. Kennedy at Marina City groundbreaking ceremony (November 22, 1960).
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Marina City construction site. Portland Cement Association (1961).
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Pile diagram.
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Aerial view of east tower foundation. Portland Cement Association (1960).
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Dr. Ralph B. Peck
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Dearborn Street Bridge construction (1961).
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Photo by Mike Chunko (2008).
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Manlift demonstration image 1 of 3. Photo by Steven Dahlman (September 12, 2007).
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Manlift demonstration image 2 of 3. Photo by Steven Dahlman (September 12, 2007).
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Manlift demonstration image 3 of 3. Photo by Steven Dahlman (September 12, 2007).
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Homer Fields
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Wallace Kumpula
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James Toner
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Construction hat found among in debris of fallen scaffold. Chicago Daily Tribune (September 1961).
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Office building at Marina City. Photo by Steven Dahlman (May 26, 2010).
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Office building under construction. Portland Cement Association (1962).
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Ground floor plan (1965).
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Southeast corner of office building (1965).
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Interior office building.
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Entrance to engineering department of Bertrand Goldberg Associates (1969).
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Last bucket of concrete being blessed. Chicago Sun-Times (November 22, 1961).
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David Sullivan
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Nancy Goldberg at Maxim’s in January 1964.
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12-foot cross being hoisted to 53rd floor of east tower to promote Christmas Seals. Chicago Daily Tribune (December 1, 1961).
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American Lung Association symbol.
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View from southeast with two towers in place on east tower.
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WLS tower. Douglas Pierce (1967).
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Photo of Jack Mulcahy by Blackie Barnhill (July 1964).
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Photo of Blackie Barnhill by Jack Mulcahy (July 1964).
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Close angle of mast and antenna at top of east tower. Photographer unknown.
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Man climbs television mast on west tower. Portland Cement Association (1965).
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Broadcast tower footings. Photo by Michael Leonard (1966).
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McHugh crew in early 1960s. McHugh Construction Company.
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Guide to McHugh crew photo.
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Linden tower crane. Portland Cement Association.
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Building on Kinzie Street from which construction site was managed. Photographer unknown (1934).
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Marina City construction site. Portland Cement Association (1961).
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Bertrand Goldberg and Clarence Ekstrom in 1961.
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Clarence Ekstrom in front of Marina City. Photo by Steven Dahlman (2010).
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Model apartment. Hedrich Blessing (1961).
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Model apartment. Hedrich Blessing (1961).
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Model apartment. Hedrich Blessing (1961).
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Flower petal form.
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Mock-up of a Marina City office. Bertrand Goldberg (1963).
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Dearborn Street Bridge construction (1961).
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Dick Van Gorp. Chicago Department of Public Works (1964).
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Chicago Sun-Times. February 15, 1963.
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Article in February 23, 1962 issue of Life magazine.
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Fantastical interpretation of Marina City sketched by George Charney.
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Worker looks at tangled cables of hoist that fell (1962).
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William Higgins at Wesley Memorial Hospital (1962).
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News photo looking down elevator shaft in east tower (1962).
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Photo of Marina City Bank at right and pharmacy at left (1965).
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Board of directors of Marina City Bank. Ebony (1962).
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Teleview Teller at Marina City. Ebony (1964).
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Lobby of Marina City Bank. Ebony (1964).
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William Fuller Gregson, president of Marina City Bank, and Louanna Rix of T. V. Bank Corporation. Chicago Daily News.
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Wooden ramp from east tower to State Street (1962).
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Bookshop at National Design Center.
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Entrance to National Design Center.
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Helen Schubert. University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives (1952).
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Spiral staircase at National Design Center. Ebony (1964).
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East tower apartment. Chicago Sun Times (1962).
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February 19, 1963 letter from Morris Swibel to Earl Meech and Randel Aaron.
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Marina City celestial map. Photo by Steven Dahlman (2012).
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Robert S. Adler.
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Rabbi Ralph Simon. Photograph by Benjamin Daskal.
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Comerford J. O’Malley.
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Elevator lobby of west tower. Portland Cement Association (1965).
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Betty Hogeorges and Yogi Berra (1960s).
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Storage cages on 20th floor of west tower. Photo by Steven Dahlman (2009).
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Marina City from State Street Bridge. Photo by Mike Kobluk (August 1965).
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Marina City restaurant interior. Portland Cement Association (1965).
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Viennese Coffee Shop menu cover.
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Ship’s Bar & Lounge (1964).
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William Curtis and Gary Lockwood (July 1965).
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Early design of theater building interior at Marina City by Branham for Bertrand Goldberg Associates.
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Two CTA buses parked on Wacker Drive in front of Marina City (1963).
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Phillips Pier 66 illustration by R. A. Johnson (1963).
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Postcard detail showing seawall still in place. Larry Dodson (1963).
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Hoist control with inset of marina manager Tom Dollnig. Larger photo by Steven Dahlman (2007).
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Marina at Marina City. Photo by Steven Dahlman (June 5, 2010).
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P.J. Hoff at Marina City Bank Teleview Teller. Terry’s Photography (February 1964).
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Wayne State University
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William McFetridge. Wayne State University.
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Wine tasting party at Marina City Drugs & Liquors. From Marina City (1965).
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Chalmer Herold. From Marina City (1964).
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Moris Swibel and John Kolpack. From Marina City (1965).
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From Marina City newsletter nameplate (1964).
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Mike Kobluk, his father-in-law and wife on Kobluk west tower balcony. May 1964.
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View from State Street Bridge. Photo by Mike Kobluk (June 1965).
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View from Unitrin Building. Photo by Mike Kobluk (June 1965).
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Marina City from Unitrin Building. Photo by Mike Kobluk (August 1965).
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View from west tower. Mike Kobluk (December 1964).
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Looking north from Unitrin Building. Photo by Mike Kobluk (June 1965).
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Chicago River. Mike Kobluk (August 1965).
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Intersection of State Street and Wacker Drive. Mike Kobluk (May 1964).
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Looking north between towers from west tower. Mike Kobluk (May 1964).
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Looking down from west tower toward base of east tower. Mike Kobluk (August 1963).
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Aerial view of skating rink. Mike Kobluk (February 1965).
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Illustration: Ownership of Marina City in 1964.
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Photo by Bob Kotalik
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Party at Marina City. January 1964.
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WCFL air talents (1968).
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WCFL sign on east tower. Mike Kobluk (1963).
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WCFL News vehicle parked in front of west tower. WCFL (Late 1960s).
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Bob Dearborn. WCFL (1970s).
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WCFL lobby. Douglas Pierce (1967).
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WCFL logo from letterhead (1971).
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Page 1 of Life In The Round pictorial in Ebony magazine (November 1964).
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Geraldine Johnson on her 45th floor balcony. Ebony (November 1964).
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Cover of November 1964 issue of Ebony.
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Albert Gaskin in laundry room. Ebony (November 1964).
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Albert Gaskin at Marina City restaurant. Ebony (November 1964).
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Teleview Teller near tunnel of office building. Ebony (November 1964).
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Lobby of Marina City bank. Ebony (November 1964).
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Geraldine Johnson at Marina City art shop. Ebony (November 1964).
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Albert Gaskin near Wacker Drive in front of Marina City. Ebony (November 1964).
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Geraldine Johnson at Marina City liquor store. Ebony (November 1964).
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Albert Gaskin at Marina City grocery store. Ebony (November 1964).
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Cover of Marina City restaurant menu. Hilton Hotels (October 1964).
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Second page of Marina City restaurant menu. Hilton Hotels (October 1964).
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Page from Marina City restaurant menu. Hilton Hotels (October 1964).
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Bertrand Goldberg shows a model of Raymond Hilliard Center to Mayor Richard J. Daley, Charles Swibel, and other guests. Dans La Ville (1965).
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Bowling alley on second floor of office building. Dans La Ville (1965).
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William McFetridge and William Spencer sign lease for bowling alley at Marina City. December 18, 1964.
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Goldstein DVD jacket. Facets Video.
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Mickey One opening title. Columbia Pictures (1965).
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Film crew prepares Mickey One set. Photo by Ralph Arvidson (1964).
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Title frame from This Is Marina City (1965).
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Arthur P. Mandler
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View from State Street Bridge. This Is Marina City (1965).
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Frame from This Is Marina City (1965).
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Frame from This Is Marina City (1965).
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Frame from This Is Marina City (1965).
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Frame from This Is Marina City (1965).
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View from the east tower. This Is Marina City (1965).
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Entrance to National Design Center. This Is Marina City (1965).
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Skating rink. This Is Marina City (1965).
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Restaurant located below the skating rink. This Is Marina City (1965).
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Grocery store at Marina City. This Is Marina City (1965).
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Part of sculpture garden that surrounded the sunken skating rink. This Is Marina City (1965).
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Gift shop in lobby of commercial block. This Is Marina City (1965).
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Exhibit area at National Design Center. This Is Marina City (1965).
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West side of Marina City. Portland Cement Association (1962).
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West side of Marina City. Portland Cement Association (1964).
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West side of Marina City. Photo by Steven Dahlman (2009).
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Bolex H-16 camera.
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Phyllis Mandler (1965).
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Statue of Irv Kupcinet on Wacker Drive near Marina City. Photo by Steven Dahlman (2011).
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Marina City uniforms. Marina City Management (1964).
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Visitors Guide. Marina City Management (1964).
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Kitchen in model apartment. Chicago Believe It or Not (mid 1960s).
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Ado Warren. Jet magazine (1962).
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Frank Annunzio, Egon Weiner, and Polyphony II. November 1, 1965.
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Polyphony II at Saint Joseph Hospital.
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Richard Hauff. Chicago Tribune (1960).
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Murray The Camel Humphreys at various ages.
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Murray Humphreys and his wife, Jeanne, out for dinner.
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Marina City marina. Steven Dahlman (2007).
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Life magazine ad (1965)
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Front and back cover of Marina City brochure. Marina Management Corporation (1966).
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Marina City brochure. Marina Management Corporation (1966).
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Marina City brochure. Marina Management Corporation (1966).
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Diners at Marina City restaurant watch fashion show. Photo by Joseph Jedd (1965).
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Lobby of office building. Marina Management Corporation (1966).
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Marina City brochure. Marina Management Corporation (1966)
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Marina City brochure. Marina Management Corporation (1966)
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Marina City brochure. Marina Management Corporation (1966)
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Skating rink and restaurants on lower level. Dans La Ville (1960s).
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Chicago skaters Bob Goranson, Bonnie Heim, Jean Paslaski, Charles Bonniwell.
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Ice Follies 1966.
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Lois Walters. Ice Follies 1966.
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Rik Mckinnea. Ice Follies 1966.
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Richard Dwyer. Ice Follies 1966.
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Chicago Scene 67 program (1967).
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Open roof of ice skating rink. Chicago Scene 67 (1967).
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Looking west from skating rink surface with convertible roof closed.
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Skaters at Marina City (1965).
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Print ad for Marina City Ice Plaza (1965).
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Plaza near Smith & Wollensky. Photo by Steven Dahlman (2007).
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Michael Leonard (1966).
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Trash compactor on marina level of east tower. Photo by Steven Dahlman (30-Jan-13).
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End of 60-story trash chute. Photo by Steven Dahlman (30-Jan-13).
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West edge of west tower observation deck. Photo by Steven Dahlman (3-Jun-10).
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View from edge of east tower roof looking west. Michael Leonard (1966).
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Michael Leonard on The Today Show. Today.com (13-Dec-12).
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Cover of June 1967 issue of National Geographic. Photo by Bruce Dale.
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Marina City in June 1967 issue of National Geographic.
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Marina City in June 1967 issue of National Geographic.
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Sky dancers twirl 52 stories high at Marina City. Photo by James L. Stanfield.
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Navy Pier in July 2009. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Navy Pier in 1967. Photo by James L. Stanfield.
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Chicago Loop, photographed in 1967 by James L. Stanfield and in 2011 by Steven Dahlman.
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Marina City from west. Dans La Ville (1960s).
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Ad for Remington Rand Univac computer system (1956).
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Arthur Rubloff. Photo by Arthur Shay (1977).
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Marina City Map Locations - Bridge Level (1967).
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Marina City Map Locations - Street Level (1967).
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John Denver playing a guitar inside a Marina City apartment. Photo by Mike Kobluk (June 1967).
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Illinois sculptor Fred Borcherdt.
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Main entrance to theater building where WFLD-TV was located. Frame from video by WFLD (1981).
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Holiday decorations on concourse level. Photo by Steven Dahlman (2011).
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Dramatic image of Marina City captured by Thomas Hawk (May 23, 2009).
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Vernon Meyer suicide note. Chicago Police Department (1969).
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West tower lobby (June 1969).
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Photo by Steven Dahlman
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Illinois Bell
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Illinois Bell
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Photo by Steven Dahlman
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Bob Gibson.
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Album cover, Ski Songs Sung by Bob Gibson. Elektra Records (1959).
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John Puffer and Theta Chi fraternity brothers on balcony at Marina City. Photo by Joe Anderson (1969).
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Braless Friday. Walter Neals (September 5, 1969).
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Marina Cinemas newspaper ad. Chicago Tribune (September 25, 1970).
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Map of Marina Cinemas (1966).
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Diagram of Marina Cinemas (1966).
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Signs on Dearborn Street outside Marina Cinemas (1971).
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House of Blues. Photo by Steven Dahlman (2011).
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P.J. Cullerton (1954).
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Benjamin Adamowski (1956).
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Marina City Bank from across State Street. Photo by Mike Chunko (March 1973).
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Album cover of LP by Original Donauschwaben. Masterton Record Productions & Distribution (1972).
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View looking east from Wacker and Clark. Photo by Steven Dahlman (2011).
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Mandel Building (1972).
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Original Donauschwaben (1970s).
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Gloria Kirkpatrick (1972).
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Paul Huebl.
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Diagram showing path of Gloria Kirkpatrick from where she was stabbed to where she collapsed.
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Chicago Police Department report on murder of Gloria Kirkpatrick (1972).
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Theodore J. Jagiello. Chicago Tribune (1972).
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Chicago Tribune headline the day after the murder of Gloria Kirkpatrick (May 5, 1972).
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Demolition of Central Cold Storage Warehouse. United Press International (April 21, 1971).
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Gaslight Girl at Gaslight Club.
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Fire damage on marina level. Photo by Pete Peters (Agust 6, 1975).
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Boat speeds past Marina City. Photo by Bob Fila (August 18, 1974).
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Jose Martinez walks high wire between towers. Photo by Gene Pesek (November 18, 1975.)
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Area where body of Joseph Tallarico was found. CBS Evening News (April 13, 1976).
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Cook County Morgue document related to Tallarico death. CBS Evening News (April 13, 1976).
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Joseph R. Tallarico
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Estel M. Blevins
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Joy Tallarico
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Gary Lockwood and Morris Swibel (July 1966).
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Fisheye photograph of painters on west tower above Dearborn Street. Chicago Sun-Times (1978)
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Howard Swibel (2011).
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Edward Vrdolyak (1970s).
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Paramount Pictures
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Steve McQueen prepares for a scene for The Hunter. (Paul Huebl, 20-Sep-79.)
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Paramount Pictures
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Paramount Pictures
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Paramount Pictures
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Paramount Pictures
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Paramount Pictures
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Photo by Steven Dahlman
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Paramount Pictures
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Paramount Pictures
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Paramount Pictures
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Paramount Pictures
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Paramount Pictures
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Paramount Pictures
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Paramount Pictures
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Paramount Pictures
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Paramount Pictures
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Paramount Pictures
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Paramount Pictures
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Paramount Pictures
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Marina City News nameplate (April 1980).
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Nancy Powers and Betty Hogeorges (2004).
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Ira Fierstein
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Advertisements published in Marina City News (October 1982).
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Coupon from Hertz offering Marina City residents $5 off any car rental (October 1982).
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James J. Riordan
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FCB
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Chicago Tribune
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Chicago Tribune
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1964 map of Marina City
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Photo by Steven Dahlman
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State Street bridge over Chicago River raised to allow passage of sailboats. Photo by Steven Dahlman (October 8, 2006).
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John F. Timmer
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Auction of Marina City condo units at Hotel Continental grand ballroom. Photo by Dom Najolia (February 2, 1983).
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Rich Koz, Son of Svengoolie, outside WFLD studios at Marina City in 1983.
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Rich Koz, Son of Svengoolie, outside WFLD studios at Marina City in 1983.
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Smith & Wollensky. Photo by Steven Dahlman (2011).
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Cover of press kit for 3-D broadcast of Revenge of the Creature. WFLD (1982).
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Rich Koz as Svengoolie. WCIU.
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Rich Koz. WCIU (2007).
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Rich Koz walks into WFLD (1981).
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Looking north on State Street. Photo by Steven Dahlman (November 2009).
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Rich Koz walks into WFLD (1981).
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Nothing In Common movie poster. Tri-Star Pictures, Inc. (1986)
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Opening credits of Nothing In Common. Tri-Star Pictures, Inc. (1986).
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Jackie Gleason and Tom Hanks, Nothing In Common. Tri-Star Pictures, Inc. (1986).
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Jackie Gleason and Tom Hanks, Nothing In Common. Tri-Star Pictures, Inc. (1986)
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Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason, Nothing In Common. Tri-Star Pictures, Inc. (1986)
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Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason, Nothing In Common. Tri-Star Pictures, Inc. (1986)
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William B. Goodstein and BGA employee on Marina City balcony (November 1962).
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Donald Tarkington
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Douglas Kurtenbach
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Letter from James Flanagan dated April 25 1988.
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Letter from James Flanagan dated July 9 1988.
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Letter from James Flanagan dated August 13 1988.
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John Collen
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David A. Golin
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Jack B. Schmetterer
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Commonwealth Edison
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Illinois Bell
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Darryl M. Bradford
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David J. Bradford
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Vincent E. Lazar
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Ronald R. Peterson
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Anton R. Valukas
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John F. Ward, Jr.
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Wayne Andersen
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Yearbook photo of Ellison Trine Starnes, Jr. (Abilene Christian University, 1967.)
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Hyatt Regency Hotel on East Wacker Drive.
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Steven G. Levin. (Photo by Dianne Brogan, February 13, 2013.)
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Windows along front of Marina City. Hiffman Shaffer Anderson (1990).
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1990 group photo of Hiffman Shaffer Anderson Inc.
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Cover of Paul Gapp’s Chicago published in 1990.
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Autographed photo of Bertrand Goldberg (January 22, 1984).
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Ilene F. Goldstein
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Early 1960s General Electric equipment on 19th floor of Marina City’s west tower parking ramp. Photo by Steven Dahlman (12-Aug-12).
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Entrance ramp to Marina City complex from State Street. Photo by Steven Dahlman (25-Nov-07).
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Photo by Brian Jackson, Chicago Sun-Times, of gun collection seized at Marina City by Chicago police on May 3, 1991.
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J. Linn Allen, Chicago Tribune. Photo from University of Illinois Chicago.
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Parties who had interest in Marina City commercial property, 1983-91.
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Richard Flader
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Aerial photo of Marina City and neighborhood north of the Chicago Loop. Photo by Airpix (10-Jul-91).
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Manuel Robbins
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Ellis Levin
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Entrance ramp from State Street. Photo by Steven Dahlman (2007)
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Marina level under State Street. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Eric Macey
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20-story condo/hotel proposed for 9 West Kinzie Street (1993).
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33 West Kinzie Street (1986).
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33 West Kinzie Street. Photo by Steven Dahlman (2009).
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Concept drawing of 9 West Kinzie Street. Solomon Cordwell Buenz (1993).
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Roger Levin (1997).
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John L. Marks
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R. Kymn Harp
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Anton Valukas testifying at a House Financial Services Committee hearing. CSPAN (20-Apr-10).
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Bertrand Goldberg autograph
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House of Blues Chicago. Photo by Steven Dahlman (6-Jul-07).
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Three photos of Isaac Tigrett.
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Vintage railroad car in which Isaac Tigrett arrived for House of Blues groundbreaking. Photo by Richard Mandelkorn.
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Interior of vintage railroad car in which Isaac Tigrett arrived for House of Blues groundbreaking. Photo by Richard Mandelkorn.
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John Goodman, Dan Aykroyd, and Jim Belushi perform at House of Blues (14-Sep-95).
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Burton Natarus
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Line print detailing east elevation with House of Blues on left. Bertrand Goldberg and Associates (1995).
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Wider view of east elevation as proposed by Bertrand Goldberg and Associates (1995).
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Aerial view of Marina City plaza from between the towers. Photo by Steven Dahlman (2007).
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Nancy Goldberg, circa 1972. Photo by Victor Skrebneski.
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Entry at The Nancy Goldberg International Center.
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Smith & Wollensky restaurant, circa 1998, from State Street. Mark IV Realty.
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Hans Aeschbacher, executive chef at Smith & Wollensky in 1998.
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Plaque near northeast corner of Smith & Wollensky. Photo by Steven Dahlman (2009).
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House of Blues Hotel from northwest. Photo by Steven Dahlman (2006).
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House of Blues Hotel from east, circa 1998.
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Jeff Lapin
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Tibetan Buddha inside House of Blues hotel. Photo by Chris Trylong.
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Insane Clown Posse (2000).
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Burton Natarus at his last city council meeting on May 9, 2007.
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House of Blues general manager Jim Jablonski (second from left) and talent buyer Michael Yerke (far right) at Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in 2004.
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Thomas Engblom
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Toast of the Towers reception honoring original residents (18-May-03).
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Toast of the Towers
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Marina City original resident Dolores McCahill in early 1960s (DePaul University).
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Toast of the Towers
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Monalisa and Gary Kimmel
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Robert Lewis Young
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Joseph Lopez
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Blanch M. Manning
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Mark Luke White
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Julie Ruder
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Paul Zido
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United States Penitentiary Marion
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Combined condo units of Gary Kimmel
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Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. Google Street View.
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Daniel Meyer
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MTCA office (December 2007). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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David Gantt
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Hotel Sax from northeast (May 26, 2010). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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King Suite at Hotel Sax (2006).
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Mark van Hartesvelt
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Mario Mazzini at grand opening of Ravella Lake Las Vegas (2011). Photo by Ethan Miller.
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New Hotel Sax sign is installed (July 2, 2007). Photo by Adam Kaplan.
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Employees in front of Hotel Sax (2007).
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Frame from Allstate television spot (2006).
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Stephanie Simpson (2011). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Jeff White
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Phil Joanou
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Al Cohn and Mayor Daley
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Chicago Tribune story about Allstate car stunt published the next day (October 16, 2006).
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Stunt for Allstate television spot (October 15, 2006). Photo 1 of 4 by Brian Jackson.
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Stunt for Allstate television spot (October 15, 2006). Photo 2 of 4 by Brian Jackson.
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Stunt for Allstate television spot (October 15, 2006). Photo 3 of 4 by Brian Jackson.
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Stunt for Allstate television spot (October 15, 2006). Photo 4 of 4 by Brian Jackson.
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Air cannon used to propel car off parking ramp for Allstate commercial (2006). Leo Burnett Worldwide.
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1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass departs west tower parking ramp in Allstate commercial (2006). Leo Burnett Worldwide.
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Oldsmobile airborne in Allstate commercial (2006). Leo Burnett Worldwide.
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View captured by camera inside car in Allstate commercial (2006). Leo Burnett Worldwide.
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Chicago police boats fish car out of river during filming of Allstate commercial (2006). Leo Burnett Worldwide.
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Car in Allstate commercial is pulled by crane from Chicago River (2006). Fox News.
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Fire truck parked on State Street. Photo by Steven Dahlman
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Alien craft fly east down the Chicago River, past Marina City and a riverfront devastated by intergalactic war, in the 2011 Paramount Pictures film Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon.
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Thomas D. Rosenwein
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Michael Doyle
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First customers of Dick’s Last Resort on October 30, 2008. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Southwest corner of lower concourse level, seen from Dearborn Street Bridge. (Steven Dahlman, 7-Dec-08.)
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Dick’s Last Resort sign in front of House of Blues sign on North Dearborn Street. (Steven Dahlman, 5-Jul-09.)
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Stop Work Order posted in space being renovated by Dick’s Last Resort. (Steven Dahlman, 22-Feb-08.)
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42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly on Chicago Riverwalk east of Dearborn Street. Marina City west tower parking ramp in background. (Steven Dahlman, 27-Jun-15.)
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Southwest corner of Dick’s Last Resort. (Steven Dahlman, 22-Mar-16.)
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Stretch of south curtain wall recessed to create an outdoor dining area at Dick’s Last Resort. (Steven Dahlman, 8-Jul-08.)
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Elvis impersonator Pete Tidd selects a scarf from assistant Thomas Adamson while performing in a contest at Dick’s Last Resort on January 8, 2009. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Marina City depicted using cans of food in lobby of 350 West Mart Center. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Close angle of Marina City constructed from cans for Canstruction Chicago 2008. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Marina City from Dearborn Street Bridge at sunset on December 11, 2008. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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View from Dearborn Street Bridge of construction of Dick’s Last Resort (13-Jul-08). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Lisa DiChiera
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T. Gunny Harboe
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Cover of Murder’s Madness by Alex Matthews.
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LEGO version of Marina City by architect Adam Tucker.
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Marina City constructed from cans for Canstruction Chicago 2008.
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Frame from Universal Pictures film Wanted
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Chicago Marathon 2008
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East tower parking ramp at Marina City in foreground at left with west tower ramp in background at right. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Edie Mathers
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Vincent Falk fashion show from Dearborn Street Bridge. (Steven Dahlman, 23-May-14.)
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Simulated view (at right) of what Vincent Falk sees, as explained in the documentary, Vincent: A Life In Color. At left is what most of us see.
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Roger Ebert
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Vincent Falk and Jennifer Burns with the movie poster for Vincent: A Life In Color.
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Vincent Falk’s suits await pick-up at Marina Cleaners. Photo by Kenneth Huiner.
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Vincent Falk uses small telescope to see from State Street Bridge. Frame from film by Jennifer Burns.
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A concrete restoration technician, Juan, steps from a balcony railing on the 37th floor of Marina City’s east tower to a scaffold suspended alongside (October 22, 2010). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Rebar is exposed after concrete is cut away on an east tower balcony. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Marina City’s concrete when it was new, during construction of the west tower in 1962. Portland Cement Association.
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Sidewalk canopy barricades protect pedestrians on Dearborn Street from any falling debris from concrete repair above. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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A circular saw is used to remove concrete from a balcony on the 30th floor of the west tower. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Hernando Gonzales inspects concrete repair work on west tower. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Concrete repair work on west tower. A hairline crack is enlarged so that it can be repaired. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Suspended just beyond the 29th floor of the west tower, concrete restorers Cruz and Hernando Gonzale prepare to move on to the next balcony. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Leo Aubel
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Ellis Levin - Photo by Erica Demarest
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Mindy Verson
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Frames from security video of meeting in MTCA meeting room on June 16, 2008.
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Screen capture of Marina City Online home page on August 22, 2009.
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Frame from 2007 music video by R Kelly and Beanie Sigel.
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Ellis Levin
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Elvis impersonator Pete Tidd selects a scarf from assistant Thomas Adamson while performing in a contest at Dick’s Last Resort (8-Jan-09). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Odette Yustman in The Unborn, a horror film by Rogue Pictures (released 9-Jan-09).
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Trevor Oakes recreates a view of Wacker Drive from a Marina City balcony in 2009 using a special curved easel to create a realistic panoramic rendering. (Right) The finished artwork. Photos by Ryan Oakes and Trevor Oakes.
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(Left) Lance Dennie a/k/a The Red Line Robber, convicted of armed robbery of Marina City branch (right) of JPMorgan Chase. (FBI, Steven Dahlman.)
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Carrying a large American flag, marchers take the first steps in the Chicago Memorial Day Parade (25-May-09). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Members of the Korean War Veterans Association march in the 2009 Chicago Memorial Day Parade (25-May-09). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Marina City in detailed scale model of Chicago on display at Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Chicago Model City (13-Jun-09). Looking west down Chicago River toward Marina City. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Marina City in detailed scale model of Chicago on display at Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Chicago Model City (13-Jun-09). Closer view of Marina City with 330 North Wabash at left. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Four-foot version of Marina City constructed of 12,000 LEGO bricks on display at Museum of Science and Industry. Photo obtained from Adam Tucker.
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New laundry room on 20th floor of west tower (19-Jul-09). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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New fitness room on 20th floor of west tower (19-Jul-09). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Vision of 22nd Century Chicago for Burnham Plan Centennial by Chicago architect Dirk Denison.
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Frame from music video (released 3-Nov-09) by Dino Soldo. The video, Clarinet, was shot in a suite at Hotel Sex to promote a new CD called The Hotel Suites.
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Former president Bill Clinton speaks at Marina City’s House of Blues (12-Nov-09). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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House of Blues in late afternoon from hotel terrace (13-Aug-11). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Brittney Hernandez
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Driveway that leads to marina level from Kinzie Street (16-Nov-09). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Frame from video of House of Blues security guard assaulting concertgoer (12-Oct-09). Video by Tiffany Bryant.
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Stuart Brody and Brittney Hernandez at news conference announcing lawsuit against House of Blues (10-Dec-09). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Brendan Reilly
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Transformer-inflicted mayhem, real-life and on film. (Above) During a break in filming on July 25, 2010 (photo by Steven Dahlman). (Below) Frame from the movie (Paramount Pictures/Di Bonaventura Pictures).
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A Chicago police officer guards fake debris piled along Wacker Drive for filming of Transformers: Dark of the Moon on July 22, 2010. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Michael Bay on set of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Photo by Jaimie Trueblood.
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A helicopter starts to turn around directly in front of Marina City on August 21, 2010, while filming for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Environmentally-friendly reinterpretation of Marina City by design student Cameron Wudtke (2010).
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Entrance to Marina City in reinterpretation by design student Cameron Wudtke (2010).
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Lawn of Marina City in reinterpretation by design student Cameron Wudtke (2010).
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Floor plan of Marina City modernized by design student Cameron Wudtke (2010).
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Final design of Marina City re-imagined by design student Cameron Wudtke (2010).
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Marina City on cover of January 2010 issue of CS. Photo by Anthony Tahlier.
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Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Run. Photo by Steven Dahlman (21-Mar-10).
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Scaffolding above and around glass enclosure housing parking cashiers. Photo by Steven Dahlman (26-Mar-10).
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25-inch-tall cake depicting Marina City. Photo by Steven Dahlman (7-Apr-10).
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Wing-eating contest at Dick’s Last Resort. Photo by Steven Dahlman (8-Apr-10).
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Marina City appears in transit ad for Harrington College of Design. Photo by Martina Josimovska (April 2010).
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Waiters in loud jackets at Smith & Wollensky pose with Vincent Falk and Jennifer Burns (center) at a party following the Chicago premier of Vincent: A Life In Color. Photo by Steven Dahlman (7-May-10).
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Damage to vehicle caused by suicide of 28-year-old John W. Cooper, a law student from Michigan, from roof of west tower. Photo by Steven Dahlman (12-May-10).
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Architect Julie Michiels in kitchen of her one-bedroom west tower condo unit, photographed for project that documented residents and residences at Marina City. Photo by Andreas Larsson (May 2010).
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Marina City resident Vincent Falk performs for luxury cruise vessel Chicago’s First Lady. Photo by Steven Dahlman (19-May-10).
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Subway fast-food restaurant at Marina City. Exterior from east. Photo by Steven Dahlman (31-Aug-10).
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Empty commercial space at base of Marina City’s west tower. Photo by Steven Dahlman (July 2009).
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A film crew prepares a large movie light on Wacker Drive for a scene being shot at Marina City. Photo by Steven Dahlman (25-May-10).
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Zombies in search of BRAINS walk past Marina City on a two-hour march. Photo by Kirstie Shanley (5-Jun-10).
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Renovated elevator lobby on 20th floor of east tower. Photo by Steven Dahlman (11-Jun-10).
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Elevator lobby on 20th floor of east tower. Photo by Steven Dahlman (August 2007).
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Jerome Teigne, a freelance videographer, shoots from a west tower balcony toward site of 1915 Eastland disaster for French public television. Photo by Steven Dahlman (10-Jul-10).
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People walk past intergalactic war zone recreated on Wacker Drive for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Photo by Steven Dahlman (25-Jul-10).
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Victoria’s Secret lingerie model Katsia Zingarevich poses on LaSalle Street Bridge for television spot directed by Michael Bay. Frame from video by Victoria’s Secret (August 2010).
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Scene for television spot for 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, filmed on 19th floor of west tower parking ramp at Marina City. Frame from video by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners (29-Aug-10).
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Marina City provides timely location for entry by a Chicago photographer in a contest promoting the television show Mad Men. Photo by Leilani Wertens (September 2010).
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Thousands of runners stream past Marina City 22 minutes into the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Photo by Steven Dahlman (10-Oct-10).
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From a suspended swing stage scaffold, concrete restoration experts Juan (left) and Jorge (right) perform maintenance to a balcony on 37th floor of east tower. Photo by Steven Dahlman (22-Oct-10).
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Model floor on 53rd floor of east tower. Photo by Steven Dahlman (19-Nov-10).
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Rescue helicopter hovers over Chicago River, looking for an elderly man who jumped from the Dearborn Street Bridge. Frame from video by Thomas Grether (17-Dec-10).
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Racial mix of Marina City in 2010
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Bowling Hall of Famer Pete Weber and audience at PBA Summer Shootout watch ball Weber has delivered at Marina City’s 10pin Bowling Lounge (Steven Dahlman, 29-May-11.)
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PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi reacts to a strike at 10pin Bowling Lounge (Steven Dahlman, 31-May-11).
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Ryan Shafer starts to breathe again after bowling a perfect game at GEICO PBA Team Shootout at 10pin Bowling Lounge (Steven Dahlman, 1-Jun-11).
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U.S. Bowling Congress champion Missy Parkin bowls in GEICO PBA Team Shootout at 10pin Bowling Lounge (Steven Dahlman, 1-Jun-11).
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Jason Belmonte reacts to an incident at 10pin Bowling Lounge (ESPN, 1-Jun-11).
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ESPN TV trucks parked along State Street (Steven Dahlman, 1-Jun-11).
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ESPN camera operator at 10pin Bowling Lounge (Steven Dahlman, 1-Jun-11).
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Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson performs at House of Blues, headlining a fundraiser for Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel (Steven Dahlman, 10-Jan-11).
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Scene from The Dilemma filmed at Smith & Wollensky with Jennifer Connelly, Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, and Winona Ryder. Photo by Chuck Hodes.
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Marina City west tower from Dearborn Street Bridge as 20 inches of snow falls on Chicago (Steven Dahlman, 2-Feb-11).
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Voting booths overlook State Street from 20th floor of Marina City east tower (Steven Dahlman, 22-Feb-11).
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Contestants in 2011 Miss Bikini USA Model Search strike poses at Hotel Sax (Francis Son, 5-Apr-11).
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Runners pass Marina City in the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle (Steven Dahlman, 11-Apr-11).
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Frame from trailer for Paramount Pictures film Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
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Ryan Shafer after bowling a perfect game at GEICO PBA Team Shootout at 10pin Bowling Lounge (Steven Dahlman, 1-Jun-11).
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Chicago police officer guards crime scene in middle of State Street Bridge (Steven Dahlman, 8-Aug-11).
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Video shoot of BMW concept cars on Wacker Drive with Marina City in background (Stephen Serio, 17-Aug-11).
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Deborah Harry performs with Blondie at House of Blues (Theresa Heinz-Ratekin, 7-Sep-11).
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A resident gazes at the city from a balcony on the 35th floor of the west tower in this image from Inside Marina City, a collection of images of Marina City residents and their residences. Photo by Andreas Larsson.
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Ryan Shea, general manager of House of Blues, performs with The Blue Olives on HOB’s Back Porch Stage (Steven Dahlman. 30-Sep-11).
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Cast members of a new Twilight Saga film are photographed and interviewed at House of Blues (Steven Dahlman, 8-Nov-11).
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Marina City, the band, performs for the second time in less than four months at House of Blues (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Marina City, the band, unloads at House of Blues (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Trailer with band gear backs up to receiving area at House of Blues (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Marina City band lead singer Ryan Argast carries a Marshall amp to the freight elevator at House of Blues (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Gear is stowed in room behind stage at House of Blues (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Eric Somers-Urrea assembles drum set before show at House of Blues (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Ryan Argast speaks with fellow band members in freight elevator at House of Blues (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Band members before show in area on top floor of House of Blues (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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A tradition at House of Blues, a bathroom wall covered with a layer of graffiti left by performers dating back to 1996. Autographs include Michael J. Fox and comedian Bob Saget. (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Ricky Sutton warms up on guitar at House of Blues (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Matt Gaudiano assembles keyboard at House of Blues (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Lighter moment backstage at House of Blues with Eric Somers-Urrea and Ryan Argast (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Vocalists exercise before going on stage at House of Blues (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Vocalist Ryan Argast warms up before going on stage at House of Blues (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Band members in dressing room at House of Blues (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Matt Gaudiano, Ryan Argast, and Nick Mooneyham walk down stairs to stage at House of Blues (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Marina City, the band, waits to go on stage at House of Blues (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Keyboardist Matt Gaudiano stretches backstage at House of Blues (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Ryan Argast checks in with House of Blues sound engineers just off stage left. (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Marina City, the band, huddles just before starting their show at House of Blues (Steven Dahlman, 21-Jul-12).
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Geoffrey Goldberg (2012).
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Geoffrey Goldberg (1986). Photo by Thomas Yanul.
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Spiral staircase near main entrance of National Design Center (1966). Photo by Bob Harr.
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House Dayton (2007). Photo by Steve Hall.
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Bertrand Goldberg, William McFetridge & Charles Swibel with model of Marina City (1962).
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Graham Elliot Bowles. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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James Brady. Photo by Alex Wong.
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Yvonne Daniels. Photo obtained from WLS.
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Honorary street sign for Yvonne Daniels Way. Photo by Steven Dahlman
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Adrian Da Prato. Photo obtained from Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
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John Denver
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Vincent Falk
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Albert Gaskin
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Joseph Golan. Image from Rosenthal Archives of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
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Mike Kobluk
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John Palmer
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Robert J. Quinn
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Max Robinson
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William McFetridge and Albert Hearn (1962). Wayne State University.
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Three portraits of Charles Swibel at approximate ages 30, 40, and 50.
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Bertrand Goldberg Associates on December 19, 1986, their last day at Marina City. Photo by Thomas Yanul.
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Bertrand Goldberg Associates (circa 1965).
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Ben Honda (circa 1965). From larger photo by Thomas Yanul.
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Early 1960s meeting of Daniel J. Shannon, James P. McHugh, Thomas J. Bowler, and unknown.
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Thomas J. Bowler from 1981 obituary in Chicago Tribune.
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1962 photo of Thomas Bowler family.
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South-facing signs on east tower parking ramp during construction of Marina City.
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Dans La Ville cover (1985).
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Marina City from southeast in 1962. Dans La Ville.
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Marina City from southeast in 2009. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Marina City from northwest (2006). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Elevation drawing by Bertrand Goldberg Associates. Dans La Ville.
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East tower transition to laundry and storage facilities on 20th floor (2009). Photo by Steven Dahlman
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Transition from circular parking structure to apartment levels. Dans La Ville.
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Theater building under construction. Dans La Ville.
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Exposed cores of both towers. Dans La Ville.
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Base of office building (1960s). Dans La Ville.
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Base of Hotel Sax (2007). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Theater building. Dans La Ville.
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House of Blues Chicago (2007). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Ice skating rink. Dans La Ville
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Two residents of west tower eat breakfast on balcony. Dan La Ville.
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19th floor of west tower parking ramp at Marina City (12-Aug-12). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Load bearing column fashioned to fit lobby decor of Hotel Chicago (30-Mar-15). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Column outside main lobby of Marina City’s west tower (4-May-13). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Workers pour concrete into special eight-sided fiberglass form on east side of Marina City’s east tower (1961). Portland Cement Association.
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Column on east side of east tower (2013). Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Concrete construction at Marina City (1961). Portland Cement Association.
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Concrete construction at Marina City (1961). Portland Cement Association.
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Closer view of fiberglass forms (1961). Portland Cement Association.
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Broadcast tower blueprint (1963-64). David Architectural Metals, Inc.
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Broadcast tower blueprint (1963-64). David Architectural Metals, Inc.
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Broadcast tower blueprint (1963-64). David Architectural Metals, Inc.
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Broadcast tower blueprint (1963-64). David Architectural Metals, Inc.
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Broadcast tower blueprint (1963-64) detail. David Architectural Metals, Inc.
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Broadcast tower blueprint (1963-64) detail. David Architectural Metals, Inc.
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Marina City living room (mid-1960s). Photo by Earl Meech.
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Renovated kitchen of one-bedroom unit in 2008. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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Parcel notice.
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Bulky parcel notice.
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Welcome card from William McFetridge.
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Poster for United Airlines painted by Thomas Hoyne (circa 1963).
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Poster, Fly Pan Am to Chicago, Chisholm Gallery Vintage Posters (1965).
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Cutaway diagram of Marina City by Ray Pioch, Popular Science (April 1963).
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Cutaway diagram of Marina City by Ray Pioch, Popular Science (April 1963).
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Cutaway diagram of Marina City by Ray Pioch, Popular Science (April 1963).
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Cover of Popular Science (April 1963).
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Last page of Popular Science article about Marina City (April 1963).
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Cylindrical apartment building proposed for Wolf Point but never built. PACE Associates (1963).
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Wolf Point West and Holiday Inn Mart Plaza from across Chicago River. Photo by Steven Dahlman (24-May-16).
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Postcards from Marina City title illustration.
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Marina City, Chicago at night. Postcard by Aero Distributing Co., Inc.
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Early 1960s postcard by Aero Distributing Co., Inc.
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Early 1960s postcard by Aero Distributing Co., Inc.
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Aerial view of State Street and Chicago Skyline. Postcard by Cameo Greeting Cards.
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The Chicago Canal. Postcard by Cameo Greeting Cards.
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Looking West. Postcard by Cameo Greeting Cards.
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State Street at Randolph. Postcard by Cameo Greeting Cards.
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Postcard by Cameo Greeting Cards.
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Postcard featuring Marina City.
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Postcard featuring Marina City.
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Easy Living On The Chicago River. Postcard featuring Marina City.
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Chicago River and Marina City. Postcard by Jaboul Publishing Co.
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Marina City Towers. Postcard featuring Marina City. L. R. Pollizzie, Cee-R-View Cards.
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Postcard featuring Marina City.
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Postcard featuring Marina City.
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Postcard featuring Marina City.
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Postcard featuring Marina City.
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Postcard featuring Marina City.
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Living room of one-bedroom unit, mid-1960s. Photo by Earl Meech.
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Living room of one-bedroom unit, mid-1960s. Photo by Earl Meech.
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Earl Meech and Patti Curren in Marina City unit, mid-1960s. Photo by Randel Aaron.
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Earl Meech and Patti Curren in Marina City unit, mid-1960s. Photo by Randel Aaron.
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Dining area of one-bedroom unit, mid-1960s. Photo by Earl Meech.
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Kitchen of one-bedroom unit, mid-1960s. Photo by Earl Meech.
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Balcony of one-bedroom unit, mid-1960s. Photo by Earl Meech.
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View from balcony, mid-1960s. Photo by Earl Meech.
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Block near North State Street and East Lake Street, circa 1964. Photo by Earl Meech.
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Block near North State Street and East Lake Street, 2008. Photo by Steven Dahlman.
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View from Marina City, mid-1960s. Photo by Earl Meech.
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View from Marina City, mid-1960s. Photo by Earl Meech.
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View from Marina City, mid-1960s. Photo by Earl Meech.
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View from Marina City, mid-1960s. Photo by Earl Meech.
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View from Marina City, mid-1960s. Photo by Earl Meech.
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View from Marina City, mid-1960s. Photo by Earl Meech.
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Whiskey ad photographed at Marina City. Hiram Walker & Sons Inc. (1969).
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Viennese Coffee Shop menu (1978).
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Dinner suggestions at Viennese Coffee Shop (1978).
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Viennese Coffee Shop menu (1978).
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