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The views from Marina City’s rooftop

by Joe Zekas on 11/12/13

The weather was ideal late Friday morning as I headed for the roof of the 61-story west tower at Marina City.

I was alone on the roof except for a young visitor from Santa Monica who professed to be mightily impressed with the scale of Chicago. It is impressive.

I snapped 100s of photos in nearly two hours on the roof. In addition to the ones posted here, I’ve posted a few at Flickr.

There’s a strong sibling relationship between Hubbard Place and Kingsbury Plaza, both designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz.

Mather Tower’s original cupola fell into disrepair and was demolished in 2000 and replaced with the current one in 2002.

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Austin May 4, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Hello. just curious if your not a resident, can you still visit the rooftop? is there a fee? thank you


Joe Zekas May 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM


The rooftop is not open to the public. You’d have to visit as a guest of someone who lives there.


Joe black April 12, 2015 at 12:18 PM

What do you mean visit as a guest? Do residents at marina city have a key card or key of their own to access the rooftop?


Joe Zekas April 12, 2015 at 2:01 PM

Joe black,

Residents have access to the roof deck and take guests there. I was a guest of management.


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