Monday, December 28, 2009
The Ledge is located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in downtown Chicago. The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, you can see 40-50 miles in all directions and 4 states: Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. The glass ledge extends out 4.3 feet from the SkyDeck which is 1,353 feet up from the street. I honestly did not think I would be able to step out onto that glass when I first saw it. I did get a little dizzy and nauseated at first, but then I think my brain adjusted to it and it was actually a lot of fun until some people decided to run up and jump on the glass as hard as they could right next to me! The first shot was taken looking down at the street from the Ledge. You can see the tiny cars and the river below. Those are my feet at the bottom of the picture. The second shot is looking south at the other glass ledges with someone standing on one of them in the distance. The third shot is a classic view of Chicago showing Lake Michigan in the background. Those two tallest buildings are the John Hancock Building (the black one on the left), which has an observatory on the 94th floor and I visited later that week, and the Trump Tower, which has a very warm lobby that my daughter and I took advantage of one night to warm up.