Sears Tower Skydeck "Ledge" Opens Thursday

  • metta

    Posts: 39118

    Jul 02, 2009 2:23 AM GMT
    searstowercp.jpg





    [quote]
    For those who can stand heights, the new "Ledge" that will allow visitors to the Sears Tower Skydeck to look straight down 1,353 feet opens Thursday at 9 a.m.


    The Ledge--actually enclosed glass boxes--extends about 4.3 feet from the building, according to the Skydeck Web site, and is touted to provide "never-before-seen" views of Chicago.

    [/quote]

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/07/skydeck-heights-sears-tower-chicago-tourist.html
  • HndsmKansan

    Posts: 16311

    Jul 02, 2009 2:28 AM GMT
    It looks like it might remind me of the CN Tower in Toronto... I remember having my birthday dinner up there at the top in the restaurant.. as we slowly moved around... Absolutely incredible views.. I loved seeing Lake Ontario.

    Sounds like a fun time.

  • shoelessj

    Posts: 511

    Jul 02, 2009 6:29 AM GMT
    my first thought when i saw that picture was -- 'what a douchebag' that guy is 100+ stories above ground in this awesome new skydeck, where most people would be looking down, looking to the side, looking around ... and he's on his damned cell phone. 'ho hum, yeah, i'm on this sky ledge thing at the sears tower, yeah, it's alright. hey, did you finish that report ...?'

    otherwise it frightens me, but at the same time i think i want to go there, just to overcome that fear.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 02, 2009 6:32 AM GMT
    i felt myself get woozey just trying to conceptualize it. not for me, thanks.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 02, 2009 11:21 AM GMT
    No way in hell! So, is it Sears Tower or Willis Tower now?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 02, 2009 11:31 AM GMT
    Oooooh! icon_eek.gif

    *Adds to the list of things to see when I get to travel to Chicago*
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 02, 2009 11:31 AM GMT
    Scary cool.. like the glass walk way going over the Grand Canyon near Vegas 3600 feet from the canyon floor.

    WTF is up with changing the name of the Sears Tower though??

    Whatchoo talkin bout Willis!!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 02, 2009 2:34 PM GMT
    This is such an awesome thing. I would love to go up there.
  • DuggerPDX

    Posts: 386

    Jul 02, 2009 2:53 PM GMT
    Reminds me of this:

    <a href=Photobucket">

    Over the Grand Canyon.
  • dannyboy1101

    Posts: 977

    Jul 02, 2009 2:56 PM GMT
    shoelessj saidmy first thought when i saw that picture was -- 'what a douchebag' that guy is 100+ stories above ground in this awesome new skydeck, where most people would be looking down, looking to the side, looking around ... and he's on his damned cell phone. 'ho hum, yeah, i'm on this sky ledge thing at the sears tower, yeah, it's alright. hey, did you finish that report ...?'

    otherwise it frightens me, but at the same time i think i want to go there, just to overcome that fear.


    Nice and totally true! I might go to it, but I need the right guy to hold on to first. icon_razz.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 02, 2009 2:56 PM GMT
    I'm sure I'd be uncomfortable. Yet I used to be OK flying around in Army helicopters with the doors open, looking over the edge at the ground just as far below, no glass to protect me, just a seat belt. Then going out the door on a rope from 200 feet up. Yet that glass box spooks me.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 02, 2009 3:01 PM GMT
    That looks AWESOME!!! Except, it's a small box, should have made it bigger!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 02, 2009 3:05 PM GMT
    I hate heights. So I would love to go out there and scare the bajesus out of me.

    Besides, panic is an excellent cardio workout.
  • dannyboy1101

    Posts: 977

    Jul 02, 2009 3:06 PM GMT
    jp930 saidNo way in hell! So, is it Sears Tower or Willis Tower now?


    Screw them. It's the Sears Tower. I will only call it the Sears Tower and the Willis people can go suck it... unless it's Bruce. I'll talk to him.

    Can we please close the book on the "Whatchu talkin'...?" It's kinda stale and just makes it even more insulting.

    Iconic landmarks need no name changes. Would you want to visit the U.S. Cellular Idol of Freedom (Statue of Liberty)? A torch in one hand and texting on a cell phone with the other? It's absolutely ridiculous (although that picture might be more appropriate for Americans now).
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 02, 2009 3:12 PM GMT
    Buildings change names these days. I think only the Chrysler Building has been able to retain it's original name after it changed hands. The RCA Building in Rockefeller Center became GE, the PanAm Building is MetLife, etc.
  • Timbales

    Posts: 13993

    Jul 02, 2009 3:16 PM GMT
    Looks cool, I'd do it.
  • CuriousJockAZ

    Posts: 19129

    Jul 02, 2009 3:27 PM GMT
    I am petrified of heights after falling off a cliff at age 6 (thankfully, I landed in a tree and then a bush) so needless to say I won't be venturing out on that Sears Tower Skydeck.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 02, 2009 3:32 PM GMT
    I'm going with the bf during Market Days (starting July 31). I really want to try it, but he will likely wait in the lobby. I've been to the John Hancock observation deck twice, but not to the Sears Tower.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 02, 2009 4:31 PM GMT

    break! break! break! break!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 02, 2009 4:35 PM GMT
    The glass is only an inch and a half thick. icon_neutral.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 02, 2009 4:54 PM GMT
    Will I go out on it? Not in THIS lifetime! Ponies like to keep all hoofs on the ground!
  • shoelessj

    Posts: 511

    Jul 02, 2009 10:14 PM GMT
    1969er saidI'm going with the bf during Market Days (starting July 31). I really want to try it, but he will likely wait in the lobby. I've been to the John Hancock observation deck twice, but not to the Sears Tower.


    Ha, 'Hancock.' Ha.

    (i know, i'm juvenile...so what?)
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 02, 2009 10:24 PM GMT
    I'm very respectful of heights.

    icon_lol.gif

    It would be funny to videotape me trying to walk out there.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 02, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    Delicious. Field trip!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 03, 2009 9:26 AM GMT
    I went there today. It’s really not as petrifying as it looks. Then again, I wasn’t paying attention per se because I was too busy posing for pictures. I think that once your mind comprehends that you aren’t falling and that you won’t die, your heart will relax and you’ll be able to enjoy the experience. But if you keep letting the fear control you by thinking of the ‘what ifs’ and the worst case scenario, then of course you won’t be able to do it.

    One of the ledges was closed off, though. The glass floor had a covering over it.

    Hmm, I wonder why…icon_wink.gificon_lol.gif