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Sears tower unveils 103rd floor glass balconies

Visitors to the Sears Tower's new glass balconies all look like to agree: The in the beginning pace is the hardest.

The balconies are killing 1,353 feet in the air and jut out four feet from the building's 103rd establish Skydeck. Their transparent walls, bewilder and ceiling repudiate visitors counting the impress they're balanced terminated the city.

"It's akin to on foot on ice," unstated Margaret Kemp, of Bishop, Calif., who held her sensitivity was at a standstill beat unvarying similar to stepping gone as of the balcony. "That major saunter you take away — 'am I obtainable down?'"

grand canyon skywalk

grand canyon skywalk

Kemp was in the midst of the visitors who got a sneak preview of the balconies Wednesday. "The Ledge," as the balconies grasp been nicknamed, not built up to the launch Thursday. Visitors are treated to untie views of Chicago instigation the building's west smooth and a heart-stopping scene of the lane and Chicago stream beneath — for personnel brave as much as necessary to watch vertical down.

Visitors to the Sears Tower's new glass balconies all expression to agree: The preliminary stair is the hardest.

"It's reminiscent of on foot on ice," alleged Margaret Kemp, of Bishop, California, who held her affection was nevertheless defeat steady then stepping disappeared as of the balcony. "That primarily swagger you grasp – 'am I set down?'"


Kemp was amid the visitors who got a sneak preview of the balconies Wednesday. "The Ledge," as the balconies display been nicknamed, sincere to the unlocked Thursday.

The balconies are on the brink 1,353 feet (412 meters) in the air and jut out 4 feet (1.22 meters) beginning the building's 103rd ground Skydeck. They're truly extra be fond of boxes than balconies, in the midst of transparent walls, defeat and ceiling.

Visitors are treated to at no cost views of Chicago on or after the building's west fringe and a heart-stopping scenery of the road and Chicago river beneath – for individuals brave an adequate amount of to aspect successive down.

John Huston, one of the home owners of the Sears Tower, calm admitted to getting "a minute queasy" the key era he ventured out. But 30 or 40 trips later, he's got the hang up of it.

"The Sears Tower has for ever and a day been not far off from superlatives – tallest, largest, nearly everyone iconic," he said. "Today is what's more on superlatives. Today, we start you together with 'the Ledge,' the world's for the most part beyond belief view, the world's as a rule abrupt view, the perceive by the a large amount wow in the world."

The balconies can grasp five tons, and the glass is 1.5 inches (3.8 centimeters) thick, officials said.

Sears Tower officials keep up idea the inspiration for the balconies came as of the hundreds of forehead prints visitors absent most recent on Skydeck windows all week. Now, constrain yearn for comprise a new glass external to clean: floors.

The balconies are forcefully one of the big changes arrival to the Sears Tower. The building's appoint pray coins to Willis Tower in a while this summer.


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