Marina City


The twin corncob towers of Marina City are an Instagram favorite for their futuristic, cartoony look. Bertrand Goldberg designed the 1964 high-rise, and it has become an iconic part of the Chicago skyline (check out the cover of the Wilco CD Yankee Hotel Foxtrot). And yes, there is a marina at the towers' base.

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Nearby Chicago attractions

1. Museum of Broadcast Communications

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This museum of radio and TV nostalgia is pretty sparsely populated. But if you have a hankering to see old Bozo the Clown clips, or the camera that taped…

2. Riverwalk


Winding along the Chicago River’s southern side next to Wacker Dr, this 1.25-mile-long promenade is a fine spot to escape the crowds and watch boats glide…

3. Wrigley Building

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The Wrigley Building glows as white as the Doublemint Twins’ teeth, day or night. Chewing-gum guy William Wrigley built it that way on purpose, because he…

4. Chicago Architecture Center

0.24 MILES

The CAC is the premier keeper of Chicago’s architectural flame. Pop in to explore its excellent galleries, which feature an interactive 3-D model of…

5. American Writers Museum

0.25 MILES

Bibliophiles will have a grand time in this museum, where American writers spanning the ages – from Edgar Allen Poe to Elie Wiesel, James Baldwin to Edith…

6. Monument with Standing Beast

0.26 MILES

French sculptor Jean Dubuffet created this piece, which some call 'Snoopy in a Blender.' The 1984 white fiberglass work looks a little like inflated…

7. Design Museum of Chicago

0.27 MILES

This small industrial space in the Block 37 mall puts on nifty free exhibitions about contemporary and historical design. The shows change every four…

8. Marshall Field Building

0.28 MILES

Weep all you want over the old Marshall Field’s becoming Macy’s, but the building remains a classic no matter who’s in it. The iconic bronze corner clocks…