Swingin’ in Marina City

For anyone familiar with the Chicago skyline, Marina City’s distinctive shape should be familiar. The dual “corncobs” have been a Chicagoland fixture since 1964, and even adorned the cover of Wilco’s album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

Sayeth Wikipedia:

The Marina City complex was designed in 1959 by architect Bertrand Goldberg and completed in 1964 at a cost of $36 million 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 city’s downtown area. When finished, the two towers were both the tallest residential buildings and the tallest reinforced concrete structures in the world. The complex was built as a city within a city, featuring numerous on-site facilities including a theatre, gym, swimming pool, ice rink, bowling alley, several stores and restaurants, and of course, a marina.

Man, that description just drips “jet age,” doesn’t it? And contemporary marketing materials made it look the part, too.

So is she the wife, or just some nice dame that brings around Cuba libres for the whole family?

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Privateer, grenadier, raconteur. In the midwestiest place on earth.

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3 thoughts on “Swingin’ in Marina City

  1. vinvectrex says:

    Always loved looking at these, but don’t recall ever seeing a photo of the interior. Fantastic!

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