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River City

Address

800 S. Wells St.

Neighborhood

Downtown

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 11am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 11am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Long Lines Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Bertrand Goldberg, 1986

Description

Building on the concept of the iconic Marina City, Bertrand Goldberg envisioned River City as a tall, dense riverfront “city-within-a-city.” After more than a decade of revisions and battles with city planners and investors, the project was built in a smaller snake-like form. Goldberg said this was an “unfolding” of the original tower plan. Behind rusticated stone arches evoking railroad viaducts is a massive mixed-use complex with commercial space and a 70-slip marina. Higher up, residences flank the meandering River Road, a soaring concourse whose concrete curves and glass-block ceiling remain futuristic to this day.

Behind the Scenes

Stroll along the futuristic River Road and out onto the rooftop park—typically only open to residents.