In an attempt to draw more visitors, the Sears Tower aka Willis Tower is being spruced up and adding an awesome ledge. Have a head for heights? Then give this a shot!
The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago Brings the City to Your Feet – Literally
CHICAGO – May 4, 2009 – Sears Tower announced that The Ledge, a series of glass bays that extend from the building, will debut to the public next month as part of an updated Skydeck Chicago experience. Reaching out 4.3 feet from the building‟s Skydeck on the 103rd floor, visitors will have unobstructed views of Chicago – 1,353 feet straight down. “We‟ve listened to our visitors and people just want to get closer,” said Randy Stancik, general manager, Skydeck Chicago. “You‟d only need to see the forehead prints on the windows to know that visitors are constantly trying to catch a glimpse below. Now, they have an unobstructed view straight down and an exhilarating experience.”
Visitors won’t have to crane their necks to see straight down from the Sears Tower Skydeck when the building adds four glass-bottomed balconies, nicknamed “The Ledge,” to its 50-mile views come June.
The Skydeck on the 103rd floor of the building that is changing its name to Willis Tower, opened in 1974, and has–weather permitting–always provided a view of four states. But to see what’s directly beneath them, visitors always had to get as close to the building’s windows as possible. The Ledge is scheduled to open next month, according to a spokeswoman for the Skydeck.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Business. (BY MIKE THOMAS)
Some folks can’t handle heights. Maybe you’re one of them. But unless you’re acrophobic (have a morbid fear of heights) or suffer from vertigo (the symptom of an inner ear disorder), any feelings of spinning or disorientation brought on by staring down 103 stories through a glass floor are more likely caused by visual perception that’s simply out of whack.
Tourists to Sears Tower in Chicago will soon be able to enjoy
a view normally reserved for Spiderman.
Glass balconies are being installed near the top of the tallest tower in America, offering dizzyness-inducing views 102-stories straight down.
Bosses for the 442m (1,450ft) tower say there will be three layers of half-inch thick glass and that the balconies will be able to hold about five tons.
The idea for “The Ledges” is said to have come from the hundreds of forehead prints left on windows at the top of the tower which attracts 1.3 million visitors each year.