This film captures a bustling lunch scene at the former Marina City restaurant in downtown Chicago. The image follows the action of one of the waitresses at the restaurant and is set to an upbeat tune.
Funded in part by Encyclopedia Brittanica, these short spots were directed by local cameraman, producer, and journalist Harry Mantel – most likely for public television broadcast. These films are portraits he constructed of the city and its people. This particular reel contains the following vignettes: “Art Fair”, “Fire”, “Air Traffic Controller”, “Waiters”, “Monkeys”, “Flower Conservatory[?]” and “Circus”.
The footage portrays a quick shot of an air traffic control tower. The scene changes to portray the iconic Marina City building in downtown Chicago,The camera switches focus to capture the Marina City Restaurant outlooking the Chicago lake front. This shot fades to expose an image of a woman smoking a cigarette. The footage quickly shift scenes to reveal a sunny shot of the glistening Chicago river. Inside the restaurant, the woman presented before can be seen serving and conversing with guests.