Building Spotlight: Marina Towers


Marina Towers in Chicago is an iconic complex located on the banks of the Chicago River. The twin towers are known as the “Corn Cob Towers” due to their unique shape. Rising 61 floors the buildings have a total of 896 residential units. Built in 1962 and designed by Bertrand Goldberg the towers were notable for being the first urban post-war high rise residences in the United States.

Originally built as an apartment complex, the Marina Towers were converted to condominiums in 1977. The individual units are one- to two-bedroom residences ranging from 500 to 1,250 square feet. The interiors are unique in that there are no right angles. The curvilinear shape is widely recognized and featured in various media. The balconies are extra large and afford amazing views of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and the city skyline. There is an open-air roof deck atop the 61st floor.

On the lower level is the House of Blues concert hall, bar and restaurant. The Hotel Chicago, an upscale bowling lounge and four restaurants are also part of the Marina City complex. A pedestrian walkway and marina round out the Marina Towers complex.

At present there are 13 condos for sale. The average list price is $262,465 or $371 per square foot. The units are on the market an average of 114 days. 25 rentals are available for an average of $1,967 per month for a one-year lease.

For additional information and a tour of this unique Chicago complex contact the Building Expert for Marina Towers at

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