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

Marina City Online
300 North State Street #2902
Chicago, IL 60654

Established September 17, 2005.

Most popular pages (2013)...

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

Top referring sites (2013)...

  1. Curbed Chicago
  2. Facebook
  3. Reddit
  4. Google
  5. Google News
  6. SkyscraperPage Forum
  7. Wikipedia
  8. Loop North
  9. Eater Chicago
  10. On Location Vacations

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

© 2014 Steven Dahlman

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

Marina City Online is a news and information website covering the Loop and River North neighborhoods of downtown Chicago and focused on the 929 resident, 16 business community of Marina City.

More than 280,000 people have visited Marina City Online since 2007, according to Google Analytics. Traffic to MCO doubled in 2008 and again in 2009. In 2013, according to our own direct count using AWStats, MCO averaged 18,109 visits per month from 9,907 unique visitors.

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According to Alexa and Google Analytics, our audience is mostly Chicagoans, 35 years or older, and college educated. They find MCO using Curbed, Facebook, Fark, Google, Google News, and Reddit.

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

242 original news articles – an average of one new story every one and a half days – were published in 2013.

Our section on the history of Marina City – the first comprehensive history of Marina City published anywhere –

MLS listings and photos are updated daily from raw data obtained from Midwest Real Estate Data LLC. An email version is sent to subscribers of this free service. Recent real estate transfers, updates of which you may also subscribe are updated monthly from data received from the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.

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, cuisine, or dining style. Display a map, visit the restaurant’s website, 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. See who was inspected recently. Signup to receive a free weekly email summary of all inspections.

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 36 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 42,000 times. Original photos on Flickr have been viewed more than 2,800 times.

What is Loop North? MCO is part of the Loop North network of news and information websites serving the Loop and River North neighborhoods of downtown Chicago. Loop North is a resource for other websites, offering a variety of information services such as news headlines, stock prices, City of Chicago data, MLS listings, and more. was founded on December 7, 2007 by Steven Dahlman.

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.