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“Something special!”
Review of Marina City

Marina City
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US$48.16*
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Chicago Architectural River Cruise
Ranked #96 of 638 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.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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68 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Something special!”
Reviewed 22 May 2013

We're used to skyscrapers looking a certain way, and confirming to a few recognizable patterns. An upended cuboid, a tiered art deco ziggurat, or these days, a symphony of steel and glass. But what you don't see many of is concrete cylinders. The structure is slightly more complex than that, with the cross-section resembling a flower. Architect Bertrand Goldberg was at the forefront of development in 1959 with these two towers being the first residential high-rise blocks built in Chicago since the war. His vision has since been emulated many times. One reason I love these buildings is that they are an antidote to the shiny reflectivity seen on so many skyscrapers, and have more of an organic feel than anything else in the city.

Visited August 2012
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New York City, New York
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“The Most Attractive Building in the Loop”
Reviewed 14 May 2013

First time when i saw the Marina from trolly, i was like "what building is that? Is that for residential or just for car parking?" The architectural design is ver unique. Its a pretty interesting building you should see in town.

Visited July 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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90 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Old and run down”
Reviewed 12 May 2013

Simply not what it used to be around that area. Needs a facelift, but worth walking past if in the city.

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Evergreen Park, Illinois
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The Bowling Spot”
Reviewed 16 January 2013

They have a top rating bowling alley in the city with lots of bowling leagues, along with live entertainment, good food and great scenery.

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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142 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Pricey to park your boat!”
Reviewed 11 December 2012

We used to park our boat at Marina Towers until they TRIPLED the rent for the Summer. No thanks, we left. It wasn't THAT great aside from the fact we were practically on top of the locks to the lake.

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