Marina City Tours

Marina City
The dueling main columns of Marina City overlook the Chicago River. Its scalloped “corn-on-the-cob” exterior, formed by undulating half-moon balconies, has made it instantly recognizable and a popular setting in movies such as Batman Begins, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and The Blues Brothers. While the historic buildings are largely residential—some 1,400 people call Marina City home today—visitors are welcome to the complex. You can head up to roof decks for 360 degree views of the city skyline, rent boats in the attached marina to explore the Chicago river, dine in restaurants like Smith and Wollensky’s Grill, catch a concert in the House of Blues, and even use the structures’ ice skating rink, swimming pool, and bowling alley.

Marina City’s 588-foot towers, designed by great Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg, were the tallest residential structures and the tallest concrete buildings in the world when they were constructed in the early 1960s. Forty-stories of pie-shaped apartments, designed to emphasize city views, sit atop twenty stories of parking. Designed as a “city within a city,” with shopping, dining, office buildings, recreational spaces, and entertainment for its residents, the then-novel concept was part of a movement encouraging Chicagoans to return to downtown from the suburbs.

Practical Info

Marina City is located on the Chicago River at 300 N. State Street across from the famous “Loop” central business district. Parking in the area can be challenging, so it’s best to use public transit. The closest stops are Grand on the red line (three blocks north) and the Merchandise Mart on the brown and purple lines (three blocks west).
Address: 300 N. State Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Chicago Walking Tour: Modern Architecture

Embark on a walking tour of Chicago's more-recent architecture heritage with a 2-hour stroll highlighting the city's modern, postmodern, and international structures. Especially known for its architectural originality, Chi-town boasts everything from the elegant metal and glass tower of One South Dearborn to the Harold Washington Library, with its Beaux-Arts inspired exterior. Your guide will highlight these and other unique buildings, relaying background on their individual histories and construction en route.
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this 60-minute tour. With commentary from your onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than 40 notable buildings like the Aon Center, the Wrigley Building and the John Hancock Building. Cover all three branches of the Chicago River, passing the East Bank Club, the old Post Office Building and the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

See the towers, piers and iconic landmarks along the Chicago River on a 90-minute architectural tour through the heart of the city. Enjoy complimentary refreshments on deck as you cruise down the historic waterway, while listening to fun stories and facts throughout the tour. Spot gargoyles that keep watch high above the city, and buildings that range from Neoclassical to Art Deco. Take in over fifty sites from Lake Point Tower to the Navy Pier, and see the Second City from the water.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Guided SUV Tour for up to 4 Guests

Experience Chicago with a private guide and seperate driver in a luxury SUV. The tour is fully customizable with different itineraries to suit your tastes and interests. Visit Wrigley Field, peruse Fulton Market, and bring your camera for famous skyline views. Then get of the beaten path and venture into local neighborhoods. This tour is ideal for visitors who value privacy and who are looking for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Chicago Urban Adventure Cruise

See the the Second City from the water with a 1.5-hour cruise on the Chicago River and the Lake Michigan shoreline. Take in towering skyscrapers and spot the gargoyles that live on to of the city’s historic buildings. Hear stories about the city’s history and culture as you pass Chicago landmarks, museums and iconic buildings. Capture unforgettable images of the city skyline from Lake Michigan, and get a unique look at Chicago that’s perfect for all ages.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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