Marina City residents barred from iconic balconies in huge ‘summer bummer’
RIVER NORTH — It’s shaping up to be one bummer of a summer for Marina City, where some residents have been banned from their balconies.
City inspectors discovered trouble with nearly 2,000 balcony railings on the iconic corncob-shaped towers, a complex once considered a “seedy crumbling wreck” that a Cook County judge predicted would “fall in the Chicago River,” but recently was tagged a city landmark.
While crews work to fix 1,920 handrail posts, 1,300 balusters and 1,020 bottom rails, some residents have been banned from using the balconies for four months or longer.
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