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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Sears Tower Opens Glass Ledge On 103rd Floor Skydeck (VIDEO)


One of my favorite buildings since using Microsoft Flight Simulator in 1983 here's a cool story and video for you

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Anna Kane, 5, of Alton, Ill. looks down from "The Ledge," the new glass balconies suspended 1,353 feet (412 meters) in the air and jut out 4 feet (1.22 meters) from the Sears Tower's 103rd floor Skydeck Wednesday, July 1, 2009 in Chicago. The Ledge will open to public on Thursday. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) CHICAGO (AP) -- Visitors to the Sears Tower's new glass balconies all seem to agree: The first step is the hardest.

"It's like walking on ice," said Margaret Kemp, of Bishop, Calif., who said her heart was still pounding even after stepping away from the balcony. "That first step you take - 'am I going down?'"

Kemp was among the visitors who got a sneak preview of the balconies Wednesday. "The Ledge," as the balconies have been nicknamed, open to the public Thursday.

The balconies are suspended 1,353 feet in the air and jut out four feet from the building's 103rd floor Skydeck. They're actually more like boxes than balconies, with transparent walls, floor and ceiling.

Visitors are treated to 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.

John Huston, one of the property owners of the Sears Tower, even admitted to getting "a little queasy" the first time he ventured out. But 30 or 40 trips later, he's got the hang of it.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/01/sears-tower-opens-glass-l_n_224034.html


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