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Iconic city within a city, Marina City remains a Chicago Classic

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

In Monday's Chicago Classic, FOX 32 showed how the utopian marina towers, the city within a city, make Chicago special.

The concept behind Bertrand Goldberg's striking design was bold, to stem the flow to the suburbs by constructing the first ever mixed use/residential tower in the first development north of the river.

It was an instant hit, and it's still relevant. It's always reminded people of the sort of place the sixties cartoon show family "The Jetsons" would of lived, spacy-agey and futuristic.

Popular culture has always loved Marina City. Did you see it featured prominently - although a bit scarred - in "Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon?"

For the classic movie lover Marina City was also featured in "The Hunter," as Hollywood legend Steve McQueen chased down the bad guy who makes a wrong turn. He found himself airborne, hurdling towards a disastrous plunge into the Chicago River.

"The balcony is amazing," Marina resident Julie Michiels said. "It's super critical to be right downtown like this and have an outdoor space like that."

Michiels and her husband, both architects, appreciate the design and functionality of Marina City.

In the old days you never had to leave. They had it all: a grocery store, restaurants, boutiques, a bank, a bowling alley, movie theaters and a skating rink.

Eight people have lived in Marina City since its inception, and one of those is Betty Ho-Georges. She moved in on Jan. 31, 1963.

"I watched it grow," Ho-Georges said. "I watched it go up from my office. It was truly a city within a city."

A few years later, she said it struck her - what a special home she had - when she saw the towers at Christmas time, just as it they were captured for the cover of National Geographic in 1967.

"I remember standing on Wacker looking up at the towers and I felt a true sense of pride," Ho-Georges said. "Ihat's where I live."

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