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Marina City, Chicago

Marina City is a complex of two 60-story buildings built by Bertrand Goldberg in 1964 who was a student of Mies van der Rohe. The complex has apartments, recreation facilities, offices, banks, offices, a theater ... and the House of Blues nearby. The experimental complex was financed by unions who feared in the early sixties that people leaving the cities for the suburbs would lead to a decrease in jobs. Marina City, which is right on the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, offers everything that a small village or town could offer in a small space, even its own marina and access to the river and thus, Lake Michigan.

The complex was at that time the biggest built in concrete and its shape was in contrast to the contemporary architectural concepts of straight lines and cubical apartments. The cylindrical shape was used to have less wind pressure and reinforced concrete was used as this is the only material in which petal shaped apartments could be created.

If you are old enough to have seen The Blues Brothers with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, this building figured prominently in that movie.

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