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sears tower....if ur scared of heights look away...

Posted by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 5:24 PM
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If you're afraid of heights, it may be time to look away now.

Not content with having the tallest building in America , the owners of the

Sears Tower in Chicago have installed four glass box viewing platforms

which  stick out of the building 103 floors up.

The balconies are suspended 1,353 feet in the air and jut out four  feet

from the building's Skydeck.

 

Floating on air: Visitors get their first view from The Ledge, four

Glass balconies suspended from the 103rd floor of Chicago 's Sears Tower .

 Designers say the platforms - collectively dubbed The Ledge - have

Been purposely designed to make visitors feel as they are floating above

the City.

The reward is unobstructed views of Chicago from the building's west

side and a heart-stopping vista of the street and Chicago River below - for

those brave enough to look straight down.

'It's like walking on ice,' visitor Margaret Kemp, from Bishop,

California said. 'The first step you take you think "Am I going down?"'

 

Even the floor of the platforms are glass - few were brave enough to look straight down.

Fearless: Anna Kane, five, spreads out on the floor of the 10ft square  box which is 1,353ft up.

Unfazed: Although some adults felt dizzy after experiencing the Ledge,

children seemed to take it in their stride.

 

'

At first I was kind of afraid but I got used to it,' 10-year-old Adam

Kane from Alton , Illinois , said as clouds drifted by below.

'Look at all those tiny things that are usually huge.'

John Huston, one of the owners of the Sears Tower , even admitted to

Getting 'a little queasy' the first time he ventured out on to the balcony.

However, after 30 or 40 trips, he seems to have got used to it.

Thrillseekers: The boxes jut out four feet from the building and were

specifically designed to make visitors feel as if they are floating

 'The Sears Tower has always been about superlatives - tallest,

largest, most iconic,' he said.

'The Ledge is the world's most awesome view, the world's most

precipitous view, the view with the most wow in the world.'

The balconies are 10 ft high and 10 ft wide, can hold five tons, and

Have glass which is 1.5 inch thick.

Inspiration came from the hundreds of forehead prints visitors left

behind on Skydeck windows every week. Now, staff will have a new glass aurface to clean.. floors.

Architect Ross Wimer said: 'We did studies that showed a

Four-foot-deep (1.2 metres) enclosure makes you feel like you're floating

Since there's only room for one row of people, not two.'

The Skydeck attracts 25,000 visitors on clear days. They each pay $15

to take an elevator ride up to the 103rd floor of the 110-story office

building that opened in 1973.

 

by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 5:24 PM
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rileygirl
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 5:29 PM

1.5 inches of glass just doesn't seem thick enough for me! LOL. I wouldn't be able to do it! That is really cool though. I live in Az, and I can't wait to go up to the Grand Canyon and walk out on their glass deck!

isaiahsmomma86
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Yeah, even the pictures made me queasy. lol, no thank you!

Heather- I am a  vaxing, non CIO, disposable diapering, formula feeding, stay at home mommy to Isaiah and happily married to the best hubby ever, Patrick.

faerie75
by Silver Member on Nov. 12, 2009 at 5:58 PM

 i was ther ein june and they werent done yet :(

i would have stood in it.

STACIEH
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 6:53 PM


Quoting isaiahsmomma86:

Yeah, even the pictures made me queasy. lol, no thank you!


And I can feel a panic attack rising...lol!

Domzmom2005
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 6:58 PM

The concept and the pictures are really cool,but I know I wouldn't be brave enough to go out on them.

I'm afraid of heights but the pictures don't make me freak out because I don't feel like I am going to fall, so I'll stick to checking out the pictures of the brave people.

baby

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seaniesmommie87
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 7:05 PM

I only live like maybe 2 hrs from chicago and sadly i have never seen that. But i think maybe next summer we might take the kids to navy pier for a fun day.

RaeLynn1221
by on Nov. 13, 2009 at 6:42 AM

I am afraid of heights but pictures don't bother me it is ACTUALLY being there that does.



supermomofgirls
by on Nov. 13, 2009 at 6:55 AM

This scares the crap out of me I hate heights I have trouble even going on the ferrish wheel at amusement parks.

rkoloms
by on Nov. 13, 2009 at 9:24 AM

It is now called the Willis Tower.

Robin in Chicago

ShadowRaven
by on Nov. 13, 2009 at 9:30 AM

That's what I was going to say lol.

Quoting rkoloms:

It is now called the Willis Tower.

These pics actually make me want to take a vacation and go back up to Chicago to check it out.

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http://www.cafemom.com/group/TheSpeakeasy

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