River boat tour site #26. The best o' the bunch.
The two towers of Marina City overlooking the Chicago River pay symbolic tribute to the Midwest's farming economy--they look like giant corncobs. Designed by Bertrand Goldberg Associates and opened in 1967, these twin circular towers function like a city within a city, with apartments, offices, shops, parking, a marina, and even a bowling alley.
The opening sequence of the Bob Newhart Show included a shot of Marina City, and many people assume that Bob's character lived there. He did not—the building used for the exterior shots of Bob's apartment building sits seven miles to the north, on Sheridan Road in the Edgewater neighborhood.
The towers are featured on the cover of the Wilco album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
In the movie The Hunter, "Papa" Thorson (Steve McQueen) pursues a suspect in a car chase through the Marina City parking garage.