Here’s Why Marina City Is Now Officially a Landmark
Feb12

Here’s Why Marina City Is Now Officially a Landmark

“Beloved,” “Pioneering,” and “Iconic” are all words often used to describe Marina City.  Today you can add another: “Landmark.” As a responsible publication that often writes about actual, official, designated landmarks, we don’t casually throw the word “landmark” around, like the way some Chicago web sites fill your e-mail box with “news alerts” that are...

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Ahoy! Marina City Could Become Chicago’s Newest Landmark
Jul08

Ahoy! Marina City Could Become Chicago’s Newest Landmark

Bertrand Goldberg imagined the Marina City towers would look like two trees, with the central columns (containing elevators and stairways) functioning as the trunks. The twin towers, as familiar a component of the Chicago skyline as any buildings, may soon become official landmarks. Tomorrow, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks will recommend Marina City be given landmark status. The 587-foot, 65-story towers have identical floor...

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Wallenda’s Wire Walk Watched Worldwide, Shows Off Chicago Skyscrapers
Nov02

Wallenda’s Wire Walk Watched Worldwide, Shows Off Chicago Skyscrapers

Down on the Upper West Wacker Drive tonight, it was a fairly normal Sunday night. At least if you don’t take into account the bystanders sitting in clumps all the way from Michigan Avenue to Wells.  Along the river, up in the high rises, and just about everywhere you looked, people were gathering. No, this wasn’t a re-do of the Chicago Fire Festival. If you somehow spent the last 24 hours avoiding legitimate media, social media,...

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Your OHC Photos: Kemper and Jahn
Oct29

Your OHC Photos: Kemper and Jahn

  Two of the highlights of the 2013 Open House Chicago event from the Chicago Architecture Foundation were the views from the Kemper Building’s 41st-floor observatory, and from the Jahn architectural studios at the top of 35 East Wacker, next door. Nancy K. from Lakeshore East sent in these pictures she took from the tops of the two buildings, showing off the tops of some of the city’s best...

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Walkin’ in Memphis? No, This is Dearborn Street
Oct24

Walkin’ in Memphis? No, This is Dearborn Street

It’s funky. There’s voodoo in the air. The green room isn’t green, but its bathroom bears the autographs of Lady Gaga, Michael J. Fox and countless other celebrities. If you figured out I’m not describing the First United Methodist Church, you’d be correct. This is the Chicago House of Blues. The Bertrand Goldberg-designed concert venue-restaurant-bar inside Marina City.  The venue was erected in 1967. During the CAF’s 2013 Open House...

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Video: Turning Marina City Green
Apr25

Video: Turning Marina City Green

The quickest way to turn a marina green is to let the water stagnate.  But it’s not stagnation, it’s progress that has one proposal turning Chicago’s Marina City (300 North State Street) green. Marina City Online tipped us off to the International Algae Competition — a global contest to come up with ways of using the living slime to make our lives better, through things like landscaping and food production....

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Week Links: April 20, 2012
Apr20

Week Links: April 20, 2012

Loop North News notes a strange kind of theft — Apparently some people walked into Marina City (300 North State Street) and stole fuses from a storage space in a hallway.  The haul was worth $300.  I’ve heard of people stealing copper wire and manhole covers for their scrap value, but this is a new one to me. Saint James Cathedral (65 East Huron Street) has posted new photos of the construction on its plaza. Crain’s...

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Week Links: April 13, 2012
Apr13

Week Links: April 13, 2012

Loop North News reports that a photography exhibit all about Chicago’s Marina City (300 North State Street) is now on display at an art gallery in Boston. The commercial operators have been up and down the Chicago River and the lakefront for weeks now.  But the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s boat tours start tomorrow.  This is actually an early start for the CAF due to high...

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The Tops: Marina City
Mar14

The Tops: Marina City

Today we continue our series called “The Tops.”   Every year, millions of people admire Chicago’s architecture.  Most people only get to see the city’s skyscrapers and landmarks from street level.  This series answers the question, “What’s up there?” for tourists and locals alike. Today’s building is Marina City (300 North State Street), known to tourists across the midwest as the...

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NFP: Marina City
Mar12

NFP: Marina City

We have a new building in our NFP series.  NFP stands for New Favorite Photo, and this is our new favorite photo of Marina City (300 North State Street).

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