Another Reason To Visit Chicago…Sears Tower Glass Bottom Sky-Deck
James and I like to go to Chicago a couple times a year, park the car on Ohio Street near the Magnificent Mile, and then start walking. Not so long ago we took in ten miles of walking as we shopped, ate, and viewed the sights of the amazing downtown. But now there is yet another reason to venture to the Windy City.
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.
He said the Ledge was inspired by glass-floored thrills at the Grand Canyon and Toronto’s CN Tower. The plan is to attract more Skydeck visitors, especially jaded locals who haven’t visited the tower in years.