Fifty years of Marina City

This is the 50th anniversary of the official, shiny-shovel groundbreaking ceremony for Marina City, Bertrand Goldberg’s iconic city-within-a-city on the Chicago River. To commemorate the occasion, the guys at MarinaCityOnline.com uploaded this short film from 1965 to their YouTube channel. In it, WGN radio announcer Walt Newton describes the project’s planning and construction.

To learn more about Marina City, you can read Betty J. Blum’s interview with Goldberg for the Art Institute of Chicago’s Chicago Architects Oral History Project, or find a copy of Igor Marjanovic and Katerina Ruedi Ray’s new book, Marina City: Bertrand Goldberg’s Urban Vision. Last week, Blair Kamin shared his obituary for Goldberg, originally published in the Tribune on October 9, 1997.

Twenty five condos are currently listed in Marina City’s two towers, ranging from a studio priced in the $150s to a two-bedroom priced in the $490s. Units are available to rent from $1,200 to $2,800 a month.

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