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“Nothing special - except for House of Blues”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Marina City

Marina City
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US$48.16*
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Chicago Architectural River Cruise
Ranked #97 of 635 things to do in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Unique architecture for a building complex as its own self-contained community.
Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nothing special - except for House of Blues”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2012

If you are already downtown, you can spot the corn husk towers. They are not pretty, but HOB is in the building, so the only reason I would go there is for a show.

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“It's Time for a Vegas-Style Demolition...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2012

Marina City is about half a century old, relatively new for a city with Chicago's history. Some local people refer to Marina City as the "Corn Cobb" because each balcony curves around the building. I personally haven't been in one of the condos there but have heard from several sources that the place is pretty much a dive. The apartments are (rightly so) outdated and there isn't much of anything appealing about the building. Marina City is in a pretty great location, however, and is right next to the Chicago House of Blues and other businesses.

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Chicago, Illinois
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“iconic”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2011

Although instantly recognizable, view it from across the river. Known as "the corn cobs", The Marina City complex was designed in 1959 by architect Bertrand Goldberg and completed in 1964. The base of the complex hasn't aged well and it's dark, moldy and uninviting.

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Chicago IL
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“ICON”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2008

This building is very unique and really says Chicago. Whenever you see these towers in a movie or photo, you know its Chicago. Great views! It is in the heart of River North walkable to the best restaurants, shopping, nightlife, theatres. what more could anyone ask for? This architecture is a classic modern icon.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Marina Towers the BEST”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2005

I have lived and own properties in New York Boston Florida North Carolina's Outer banks and run THE MOORINGS in New Harbor and MONHEGAN ISLAND MAINE.There is no more exciting place to live in an urban setting than MARINA TOWERS in new and magestic downtown CHICAGO.My wife and i own an apartment on the 52nd floor and the breathtaking views of the city the Chicago river and Lake Michigan are the nonpareil.

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