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Open house: Marina City

Written by
Nick Kotecki

The Marina City towers aren’t the tallest in Chicago, but the “corncobs” make a strong case for being among the most beautiful. What a view!

The pair of buildings designed by Bertrand Goldberg is well on its way to being designated an official city landmark, making life in these storied towers a mix of privilege and stewardship. Many of the apartments in the buildings belong to resident condo owners, but a few lucky Chicagoans are able to nab a rental every year.

Marina City towers

Who knew beauty could be so cheap? The 36th-floor studio apartment pictured here costs just $1,590 per month. The unit is cone-shaped, tapering outward to a panoramic 18-foot bank of floor-to-ceiling windows that give way to a spacious balcony overlooking the river. The sleek, open-concept space comes with a mix of dark hardwood and carpeted floors. Permanent fixtures like the bank of white laminated cabinets and integrated appliances in the kitchen, as well as the slate-gray tile and walk-in shower in the bathroom, give a distinctly contemporary feel.

Marina City towers

Marina City also has one-bedrooms for as low as about $1,700 per month. The buildings feature on-site laundry facilities, a dry cleaner, a fitness room, bike storage, rooftop access and on-site Zipcars.

Marina City is home to nearly 900 units. If you keep an eye out, the next opening could be yours.

For more information, contact Alto Realty (312-222-1111,

All photographs courtesy of Alto Realty.

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