Sears Tower to open glass-bottom Skydeck in June

You won’t be seeing me try this anytime soon.  Besides, they wouldn’t want me standing on that thing because the first thing I would do is wet my pants.


Sears Tower — and it’s still called that for the time being — will invite its Skydeck visitors to enjoy a view usually reserved for window-washers and superheroes.

It’ll be a walk on the high side as visitors on the observation deck step into glass enclosures that extend 4.3 feet beyond the building. Beneath their feet in dizzyness-inducing splendor will be the city itself, 103 stories below, with an inch and a half of glass between person and pavement.

The attraction, called the Ledge, should open by early June and is part of a multimillion dollar renovation of the tourist spaces at the nation’s tallest building, said Randy Stancik, Skydeck general manager.

Full Sun Times Article

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2 Responses to Sears Tower to open glass-bottom Skydeck in June

  1. sister says:

    I think I'd throw up first. But who knows, the peeing myself might come when I'm unconscious.

  2. David Bryant says:

    My philosophy of life is simple: Gravity is not your friend. Because of that I would not venture out on a glorified sheet of glass.

    Also, I have seen way too many drinking glasses break when you pour a cold liquid in them right out of a hot dishwasher. I have also seen many windshields break in the hot Texas sun. Since this glass "coffin" will be subject to both the heat of the sun and the cold Chicago wind I think it is inevitable that some poor tourist will one day wind up a hood ornament on a Chicago Taxi 103 stories below.

    Thanks, but no thanks.

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