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THE BIOGRAPHY OF CHICAGO’S MARINA CITY
By Steven Dahlman

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TitleTime frameUpdated
1IntroductionGeneral1-Jun-14
2A blank slate18711-Jun-14
3Slowing the suburban exodus1945-591-Jun-14
4Bertrand Goldberg’s meandering path to Marina City1913-592-Jun-14
5Planning begins19595-Jun-14
6A brief history of 300 North State Street19th & Early 20th Century8-Jun-14
7$2.5 million buys the lot and railroad tracks195910-Jun-14
8The shape of things to come195911-Jun-14
9A mixed-use laboratory196018-Jun-14
10Paying for Marina City196015-Jun-14
11Groundbreaking196016-Jun-14
12Laying the foundation1960-6116-Jun-14
13Marina City starts to rise196121-Jun-14
14$5 million for two garages1961-6423-Jun-14
1543-story plunge1961-6623-Jun-14
16The 16-story fence1961-6324-Jun-14
17Topping out196125-Jun-14
18Tower on top of tower1961-6425-Jun-14
19Mock-ups and models1961-6326-Jun-14
20Clarence Ekstrom, McHugh Project Manager1960-6226-Jun-14
21Seven injured in second accident196228-Jun-14
22The world anxiously waits196229-Jun-14
23Banking on Marina City1962-6429-Jun-14
24National Design Center signs lease1962-6429-Jun-14
25Another worker falls1962-6330-Jun-14
26Moving Day1962-6330-Jun-14
27Star map buried19621-Jul-14
28Hilton signs on to run the first restaurant1963-656-Jul-14
29Marina City’s theatrical flourish1963-686-Jul-14
30The incredible shrinking marina1963-647-Jul-14
31The pioneers19637-Jul-14
32Closer Look: The Teleview Teller19647-Jul-14
33Marina City stars in its first movie1964-658-Jul-14
34Mickey One1964-6510-Jul-14
35Who built Marina City?General15-Oct-11
36Central City PlanApril 196029-Sep-12
37This Is Marina City1961-6313-Feb-12
38Dans La VilleEarly 1960s15-Oct-11
39Marina City’s ubiquitous eight-sided columns196112-May-13
40Photo: Columbus Day Parade 1961October 19614-Jul-12
41Marina City sinks its first bridgeFebruary 19628-Jan-11
42First firesAugust 196210-Jan-11
43Broadcast tower blueprintsOctober 196224-Sep-12
441963 rent paid in 2011 dollars196328-Mar-11
45Artifacts of daily life at Marina CityMid 1960s18-Jun-12
46Desperate burglars steal doorknobsFebruary 196328-Mar-11
47Light reading for prospective tenantsEarly 1960s1-Apr-11
48Marina City entices air travelers and poster collectors 1963-659-Apr-11
491963 Popular Science article on Marina CityApril 19639-Apr-11
501963 project would have given Marina City serious competitionApril 19639-Apr-11
51Postcards from Marina City1963-6411-Nov-11
52From Marina CityMay 196417-Jun-11
53Battle for control of Marina CityMay 196418-Apr-11
54The executive board decidesJuly 196418-Jun-12
55Meet Mike Kobluk: Former Marina City resident and voice of a generationMay 19649-May-11
56Marina City PromenadeSeptember 19646-May-13
57Station of TomorrowOctober 19645-Jan-14
58“Downtown at Marina City, it’s 30 degrees at WCFL”Late 196421-May-11
59Life in the round - 1964 Ebony pictorialNovember 196421-May-11
60Dinner this Evening at Marina City RestaurantsNovember 196414-Oct-11
61Bertrand Goldberg on the architect, in his own voiceDecember 196415-Jan-13
62Marina City strikes deal for bowling alleyDecember 196425-Sep-11
63Meet Earl Meech, Original ResidentMid 1960s22-May-11
64Property taxes in 1964 and 2007196422-May-11
65“Things to see and do at Marina City”Late 196427-Nov-11
66Explosion of The UnbearablesOctober 19656-Jun-11
67Polyphony IINovember 196528-Oct-12
68Richard Hauff, Marina City resident and a “friend of ours”November 19656-Jun-11
69Murray The Camel collapses at Marina CityNovember 196527-Nov-11
70You Live Better ElectricallyDecember 19657-Dec-11
71Ten-year-old boat thief foiled before reaching ClevelandDecember 196513-Jun-11
72Flying down with the garbage196622-Feb-13
731966 map puts the “City” in Marina City196627-Nov-11
74Marina City: The BrochureJanuary 196621-Jan-13
75Skating around Marina City196611-Dec-11
76Bingo! Police!March 196711-Jul-11
77On the cover of National GeographicJune 196715-Jul-11
78Parking boss pleads the fifthNovember 196711-Jul-11
79Calculated move by UnivacNovember 196711-Jul-11
80The singing treeDecember 196717-Jul-11
81Marina City’s first murderJanuary 19699-Sep-11
821969 Life PhotoApril 196917-Jul-11
83The lobby of tomorrowJune 196921-Jan-13
84Join us at Marina City for true bourbon196929-Apr-13
85Bob Gibson’s demonsAugust 196917-Jul-11
86Back safe from VietnamAugust 19694-Jan-12
87Braless FridaySeptember 196912-Aug-11
88Sad, strange tumbles from towersLate 1960s – Mid 1970s27-Nov-11
89Marina CinemasSeptember 197027-Nov-11
90Tax scandal of 1970October 197028-Aug-11
91Central Cold Storage WarehouseApril 197128-Oct-12
92Marina City boat burnsAugust 197213-Oct-11
93Marina City Bank robberyApril 197228-Aug-11
94Fore!May 197228-Aug-11
95Happy times, happy people197228-Aug-11
96Who killed Gloria?May 197218-Jun-12
97Racing past Apeco MarinaAugust 197428-Nov-11
98Jose Martinez walks from west tower to east towerNovember 197524-Nov-12
99Retired Navy diver drowns. Police are suspicious.April 19769-Sep-11
100Sweaty burglar spills the keysDecember 197627-Nov-11
101The end is coming: Marina City goes condoSeptember 197729-Nov-11
102William Goodstein, first condo association president19775-Jul-12
103On the menu in 1978 at Viennese Coffee Shop197816-Aug-13
104Fire at the bowling alleyDecember 197825-Sep-11
105Welcome to Marina City. Don’t forget where you parked.September 197925-Sep-11
106Marina City NewsApril 198026-Sep-11
107“A police officer has been shot”June 198110-Aug-13
1081981 PM Magazine videoJuly 19811-Nov-11
109Trouble on the State Street BridgeAugust 198127-Nov-11
110Marina City Bank and resident robbedMarch 198327-Nov-11
111“Fast Eddie” sells his condo collectionJuly 198327-Nov-11
112WFLD moves onOctober 198426-Oct-11
113Nothing In Common1985-8626-Oct-11
114Dear Mr. TarkingtonApril 198816-Jan-12
115Bankrupt commercial owners forced to sellNovember 198824-Oct-11
116Bankruptcy case 88-17840November 19889-Jan-12
117Meet Ilene F. Goldstein, Marina City’s bankruptcy trustee1988-199315-Aug-12
118A post-modern messJune 199027-Nov-11
119Marina City apartment converted to “weapons bunker”May 199111-Dec-11
120Escaped rape suspect caughtMay 199127-Oct-11
121“A seedy, crumbling wreck”September 19926-Jul-12
122Residents help down-on-its-luck neighborOctober 199228-Nov-11
123Luck starts to change1992-9417-Jul-12
124A new gateway to Marina City19936-Jul-12
125“We’re going to electrify the city with this”September 199510-Feb-12
126Nancy Goldberg, restaurateurNovember 199621-Feb-12
127Bertrand Goldberg, architectOctober 199720-Feb-12
128New use for the skating rinkJuly 199721-Feb-13
129RenaissanceOctober 199711-Mar-12
130Loud neighbors with a liquor licenseNovember 19982-Apr-12
131Mark sues HOB over cost overrunsOctober 20012-Apr-12
132Toast of the TowersMay 20032-Apr-12
133Shoeboxes full of money2006-20111-May-12
134Hotel for sale. Garage included.20063-May-12
135The flying car stunt, take twoOctober 20064-Jun-12
136Candle blamed for small fireApril 200610-Jun-12
137Geoffrey Goldberg200810-Sep-12
138Howard Swibel: My mother chose the name “Marina City”200810-Jun-12
139Famous Marina City residentsGeneral07-Aug-13
140Important dates in Marina City historyGeneral21-Jan-13

Number of pages: 140