Nik Wallenda Chicago Walk: 50 Stories Above the Windy City

Nik Wallenda Chicago Walk: 50 Stories Above the Windy City
Nik Wallenda's sky high route. E. Jason Wambsgans photo/ Chicago Tribune
Nik Wallenda

Nik Wallenda

In perhaps the most daring and challenging tightrope walk yet, Nik Wallenda will attempt to walk 50 stories above the Chicago River on a five-eighths-of-an-inch wide wire for a distance of more than two city blocks.

The November 2nd walk will consist of two parts:

Part one of the walk will step off high-in-the sky at Chicago’s Marina City West Tower and proceed east to the Leo Burnett Building.

Part two of the walk will take place via a tightrope from Marina City’s West Tower to the East Tower with Wallenda blindfolded.

It’s all in a day’s work for Wallenda, 34, the seventh-generation of the famed “Flying Wallenda’s.”

But, many people are questioning if he is biting off more than he can chew this time around?

The Windy City walk will not only be the highest skyscraper walk in the history of the “Flying Wallenda” family, but it will also be the first time such a tightrope walk has ever been attempted at such a steep uphill angle rising to a 15-degree slant.  Not to mention that this is the Windy City where wind could easily be a major factor in an area known to be one of the windiest sections of the city.

Add the darkness of night to the mix with Chicago’s unpredictable weather conditions–perhaps even some snowflakes–and you have all the ingredients for a suspense-filled, and nerve-wracking experience, not only for Wallenda but for the spectators.

In June 2013, Wallenda became the first person to ever successfully traverse the Grand Canyon on a tightrope. Now he tempts fate, once again, in what appears to be an even more daring event.

Wallenda explains his passion saying, “This is going to be the most incredible tightrope walk of my career,”  continuing “I can’t think of a better city to do it. I have fond memories of spending time performing in Chicago and the Midwest with my family. Besides, it’s the ‘Windy City’ and there’s nothing like doing this during winter in Chicago. That’s a challenge for me and I love to push myself to do things that most people think are impossible.”

Dozens of cameras will be positioned across the city and on helicopters before and during the walk, which is scheduled to take place between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. this Sunday. In addition, many streets in the area will be closed starting Thursday, October 30. Click here to download a map of the closures.

Spectators can watch the free event, no tickets required, from public viewing areas, along Wacker Drive between Clark and Dearborn, or from a second viewing area between Wabash and State.

Others can catch the “Skyscraper Live” broadcast on the Discovery Channel.  The Discovery Channel be airing the Windy City Walk live around the world in over 220 countries beginning at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT, Sunday, November 2nd. The event will be hosted by NBC News’ Willie Geist, Natalie Morales and The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore.

We are glad Nik has chosen the Windy City for this amazing tightrope walk and wish him our best.

Check out the balance app…

If you want to see what it’s like to balance on a tightrope, click here for the app.

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