Marina City Online is a news and information website serving the Loop and Near North neighborhoods of downtown Chicago.

Marina City Online
300 North State Street #3729
Chicago, IL 60654

Established September 17, 2005.

Finalist, Best Neighborhood / Community News website, Chicago Headline Club Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, 2014.

Most popular pages (2014)...

  1. Loop North News
  2. Homes For Sale
  3. Homes For Rent
  4. Marina City History
  5. Marina City Images

Top referring sites (2014)...

  1. Google
  2. Google News
  3. Fark
  4. Facebook
  5. Twitter
  6. Bing
  7. Yahoo
  8. Curbed Chicago
  9. Whatever (John Scalzi)
  10. Reddit

More quotes about Marina City Online...

“Great photography, journalism, history, and pop culture.”
– Lake Claremont Press

“Marina City Online is a great site, and the historical section has to be one of the most rich, informative accounts of any building, anywhere.”
– ArchitectureChicago Plus

“...addictive and indispensable Marina City Online website.”
– Lee Bey • WBEZ

“I am a regular reader of MCO and I find the reporting there to be extremely useful in my work. You often have a birds-eye view to things under-reported elsewhere.”
– Geoffrey Baer • WTTW

“Your website and the Loop North News are a gold mine!”
– Robert Feder • Time Out Chicago

“Without question the finest hyper-local, micro news site in the city of Chicago. I use it as an example in all of the journalism classes I teach. For the community it serves, this is a journalistic jewel.”

– Ralph Braseth • Journalism Professor, Loyola University Chicago

“Your stories are always interesting and relevant...we’re glad to be associated with you and Loop North News.”

– Ronald Roenigk, Publisher, Inside Publications

© 2015 Steven Dahlman

“...scrappy, independent...”
“...beautifully illustrated...”
“...a sophisticated news section...”
“ absolutely splendid website...”

Marina City Online is a news and information website serving the Loop and Near North neighborhoods of downtown Chicago and focused on the 1,400 resident, 14 business community of Marina City.

More than 348,000 people have visited Marina City Online since 2007, according to Google Analytics. Traffic to MCO doubled in 2008 and again in 2009. In 2014, according to our own direct count using AWStats, MCO averaged 22,839 visits per month from 13,845 unique visitors.

Google Analytics

(Above) Number of visits to and number of unique visitors according to Google Analytics.

According to Google Analytics, most visitors to Marina City Online are 25 to 34 years old. The site also does well with the 45-54 age range. According to Alexa, our audience is mostly college-educated Chicagoans. They find MCO using Google, Google News, Fark, Facebook, Twitter, Bing, Yahoo, Curbed Chicago, and Reddit.

MCO is your one-stop shop for news and information about Marina City and its dynamic neighborhood north of the Loop.

295 original news articles – an average of five new stories every week – were published in 2014.

MCO’s Downtown Chicago Crime Report provides access to information from Chicago Police Department crime incident reports to residents of River North and six other neighborhoods. Select a block and give us your email address, and at no charge an alert will be sent to you automatically whenever a new incident is reported.

The River North Restaurant Guide offers quick access to restaurants in River North that belong to the OpenTable network, a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations. Narrow your choices by price range. Display a map, make a reservation, or see a menu.

Also displayed is any available data from the City of Chicago’s Department of Public Health about recent food sanitation inspections of the restaurant.

Places to go on the Chicago Riverwalk at a glance. Location and map, links to website, Facebook and Twitter pages, most recent Twitter status, telephone number, and more. A summary of recent building permits shows how the Riverwalk is growing.

MCO Loop/North Stocks is an update on stock prices of Chicago companies – publicly traded on the NYSE or NASDAQ – that have headquarters north of Adams Street, south of Chicago Avenue, east of the Chicago River, and west of Lake Michigan.

Also: Upcoming neighborhood events, MLS listings, recent real estate transfers, and current status of Divvy bicycles stations.

Every afternoon, a summary of news and information of particular interest to Chicagoans who live and/or work in River North and the Loop is created and emailed at no charge to subscribers. This update includes headlines and links to stories from Loop North News and many other sources. Closing stock prices are of companies with headquarters on the north side. You get a tip on an upcoming neighborhood event and the weather forecast for downtown Chicago for the rest of the day and tomorrow.

Once a week, an update is emailed to a large list of people local and nationwide with a connection or interest in Marina City and River North.

Marina City Online was founded on September 17, 2005, by Steven Dahlman, a writer, photographer, and software developer who lives at Marina City. He has 37 years of experience as a professional journalist. He has photographed and written extensively about Marina City since 2005.

MCO has been written about by Archinect, ArchitectureChicago PLUS, Chicago Carless, Chicago Journal, ChicagoNow, Chicago Real Estate Daily, Chicago Tribune, Chicagoist, Columbia Chronicle, Crain’s Chicago Business, Curbed Chicago, Eater, Gapers Block, NBC Chicago,, The Windy Citizen, Time Out Chicago, United Press International,, WGN Radio, and YoChicago.

Social media. Videos related to Marina City on MCO’s YouTube page have been viewed more than 59,000 times. Original photos on Flickr have been viewed more than 2,800 times.

Privacy Notice. For the purpose of calculating unique visitors, Marina City Online on its news and history pages saves your IP address, date and time of visit, and pages viewed. The Crime Report application saves your IP address, date of first visit, number of visits, and your last three search keys. The Restaurant Guide saves your IP address, date and time of visit, and any restaurants selected.