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  • Address: 300 N. State Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Marina City Tours

The dueling main columns of Marina City overlook the Chicago River. Its scalloped “corn-on-the-cob” exterior, formed by undulating half-moon balconies, has made it instantly recognizable and a popular setting in movies such as Batman Begins, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and The Blues Brothers. While the historic buildings are largely residential—some 1,400 people call Marina City home today—visitors are welcome to the complex. You can head up to roof decks for 360 degree views of the city skyline, rent boats in the attached marina to explore the Chicago river, dine in restaurants like Smith and Wollensky’s Grill, catch a concert in the House of Blues, and even use the structures’ ice skating rink, swimming pool, and bowling alley.

Marina City’s 588-foot towers, designed by great Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg, were the tallest residential structures and the tallest concrete buildings in the world when they were constructed in the early 1960s. Forty-stories of pie-shaped apartments, designed to emphasize city views, sit atop twenty stories of parking. Designed as a “city within a city,” with shopping, dining, office buildings, recreational spaces, and entertainment for its residents, the then-novel concept was part of a movement encouraging Chicagoans to return to downtown from the suburbs.

Practical Info

Marina City is located on the Chicago River at 300 N. State Street across from the famous “Loop” central business district. Parking in the area can be challenging, so it’s best to use public transit. The closest stops are Grand on the red line (three blocks north) and the Merchandise Mart on the brown and purple lines (three blocks west).

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Chicago Architecture River Cruise, Chicago, null
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2407 Reviews

Experience one of the world’s most beautiful cities on a 75-minute cruise on the historic Chicago River. On this architecture cruise, head down the main branch ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $43.68
Chicago Architectural River Cruise, Chicago, Day Cruises
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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 130 Reviews

Take in the views on this 90-minute Architectural Tour, a jaw-dropping excursion through a city that defied all expectations … even the laws of gravity.

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $48.16
Chicago Architecture Fireworks Cruise, Chicago, Day Cruises
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Chicago Architecture Fireworks Cruise

On Wednesday and Saturday evenings in the summer, take a dramatic, 90-minute night-time cruise and get a glittering view of Chicago's iconic skyscrapers. Your ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.56
Chicago Urban Adventure Cruise, Chicago, Night Cruises
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Chicago Urban Adventure Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

This popular 1.5-hour daytime river and lake tour, the Urban Adventure Cruise, delights families of all ages with incredible views of Chicago's world-renowned ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Private Guided SUV Tour for up to 4 Guests, Chicago, Day Cruises
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Private Guided SUV Tour for up to 4 Guests

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

Explore Chicago on a custom SUV tour with a private guide. See the Loop, Museum Campus, Millennium Park, Lake Shore Drive & Wrigley Field, OR Explore the ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: Flexible

From USD $650.00
Chicago River Walk Tours, Chicago, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Chicago River Walk Tours

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

The recently expanded River Walk is Chicago's newest hot spot and beautiful pedestrian walkway that follows the Chicago River as it flows through downtown. ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $20.00

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