The Biography of Chicagos Marina City
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|1963 Popular Science article on Marina City
The April 1963 issue of Popular Science included a cutaway diagram of Marina City by Ray Pioch to illustrate an article by James Liston.
|1963 project would have given Marina City serious competition
A plan for an 80-story cylindrical apartment building at Wolf Point was clearly intended to build on the success of Marina City four blocks east.
|Artifacts of daily life at Marina City
Parcel notices and other everyday items for Marina City residents in the 1960s.
|Brighton Construction Company
Another Marina City mystery. What exactly was Brighton Construction Companys role in the construction of Marina City? Was Brighton an equal partner with James McHugh Construction Company? Evidence of its day-to-day involvement remains elusive. Claims to the contrary, by the family of the companys co-founder, remain passionate.
|Broadcast tower blueprints
Blueprints for the construction of the 426-foot broadcast tower that topped Marina Citys west tower from 1964 to 1978.
|Dans La Ville
A 1985 book contained more than two dozen early photographs of Marina City. When compared with more recent images, the evolution of Marina City and its neighborhood is dramatic.
|Earl Meechs medium-format memories of 1960s Marina City
Earl Meech lived at Marina City from 1963 to 1972. His photographs, taken in the mid-1960s, artistically show the living room, dining area, kitchen, and patio of his one-bedroom west tower unit, as well as balcony views looking east, south, and west.
|Famous Marina City residents
Four accomplished musicians. Two network news anchors. Ronald Reagans press secretary. The first female disc jockey at WLS. And a Lollapalooza chef. At one time or another, they each called Marina City home. Our list, probably incomplete and hopefully growing, of famous Marina City residents.
In a 2008 interview with Marina City Online, the son of Marina Citys architect, Geoffrey Goldberg talked about history, balance, and working for his dad.
|Howard Swibel: My mother named Marina City
His career may have been controversial, but Charles Swibel was undeniably influential in getting Marina City built and steered in the right direction. His son, Howard, spoke in 2008 about what he remembers about Marina City, its close call with being stuck with a different name, and how Chicago should remember his father.
|Join us at Marina City for true bourbon
In this 1969 ad for Hiram Walkers Ten High straight bourbon whiskey, a man offers a drink over his balcony in what is most likely the west tower.
|Light reading for prospective tenants
Marina City A City Within A City was a 12-inch x 12-inch 28-page paperback book with two centerfolds that promoted the complex to prospective residential tenants.
|Marina City entices air travelers and poster collectors
Between 1963 and 1965, Marina City was depicted in two posters for two airlines that are collectors items today.
|Marina Citys ubiquitous eight-sided columns
They are everywhere. In two concentric circles of each tower, in the parking ramps, the marina, in the lobby of Hotel Chicago. You may notice them at first, and then they disappear. The eight-sided columns are still busy bearing loads throughout Marina City.
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|On the menu in 1978 at Viennese Coffee Shop
The cover of its menu showed what Viennese Coffee Shop, one of the first restaurants at Marina City and arguably its most colorful, aspired to look like. Its specialty was Viennese pastries, which patrons could enjoy while watching skaters at Marina Citys ice rink.
|Postcards from Marina City
Considered an iconic image of Chicago, Marina City starred in many postcards in the 1960s. Even when it was part of the skyline, Marina City stood out as the tallest structure north of the Loop, in a time when the postcard rate was four cents.
|Rents paid in 1963
How much it cost to rent an apartment at Marina City in 1963, and before you think it was cheap, the amounts adjusted for inflation.
|Ten best shots of Marina City in Transformers: Dark of the Moon
It is not until the last 66 minutes of the 2011 film that the action moves to Chicago but once there, most of the story takes place along the main branch of the Chicago River. Marina City shows up numerous times, both real and imagined, from many angles.
|Who built Marina City?
The investor, the developer, the architect, and the team that built Marina City.