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House of Blues and Marina Towers, Chicago, U.S.A., photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography

MARINA TOWERS AND HOUSE OF BLUES, CHICAGO:  I love walking around Chicago with my camera.  Beautiful and iconic architecture abounds.  One of… or should I say two of… my favourite buildings are the Marina Towers at Marina City.  They are affectionately known as the “corncobs”. The buildings sit on a platform that also holds a concert hall… Chicago’s famous House of Blues.  Beneath the assembly of buildings is a pleasure craft marina, right on the river.  The $36M buildings were opened in 1964. In addition to the residential towers and music hall,  when opened, the site included shopping, a theatre, bowling, gym, ice rink and other amenities.  The first 19 floors of each tower is for parking for almost 900 cars.  The 20th floor houses the laundry facilities.  Floors 21 to 60 house 450 apartment units, converted to condominiums in 1977.  Real estate listings in January 2013 included 2 bedroom units for $465,000 and larger one bedroom units for $300,000.

Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100 with a Nikkor 18-200mm lens at 125mm, f5, 1/125 sec., ISO 400.   Photo by John Ecker     |     pantheon photography

One response

  1. Michael

    As a young boy growing up in northern Ontario in the late 1960s I would often listen to WCFL Radio in Chicago which was, at that time, a leading Top 40 radio station with a powerful clear channel signal that boomed into northern Ontario at night, especially during the winter. A few times during the hour the DJ would report the Chicagoland weather and end by saying “and downtown at Marina City its 45 degrees….” I always wondered just what Marina City was….no internet then. In the late 1970s I had an opportunity to visit the “Windy City” and I was wanting to see “Marina City” which I had learned was a vast condo and shopping complex. I saw it. A remarkable piece of architecture in downtown Chicago which was mezmerizing. The photo you put up today brought all of that back. Great shot. Thanks for the memory. “Big Ten, WCFL, The Voice of Labour”.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

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