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Willis Tower Reps Assure Tourists That Seemingly Cracked Glass Observation Ledge Is Totally Safe

Despite the appearance of cracked glass on a clear ledge oft frequented by tourists to Chicago’s Willis Tower (which will always remain the Sears Tower to many no matter what anyone says), officials for the building say no one is in any danger of plummeting to the ground by leaning, sitting or walking on it. [More]

Hancock Tower’s Tilting Window Escalates Chicago’s Freaky Skyscraper Window Arms Race

Hancock Tower’s Tilting Window Escalates Chicago’s Freaky Skyscraper Window Arms Race

After years of friendly coexistence as tall-ass Chicago buildings with top-floor viewing areas that attracted tourists looking to test their acrophobia, the Willis (nee Sears) Tower threw down the gauntlet at its crosstown rival the Hancock Tower (technically, the John Hancock Center) by adding “The Ledge” — transparent boxes that jut out several feet from the building’s Skydeck, giving the visitor a truly knee-weakening experience. So what could the Hancock folks do to out-thrill the Willis’s boxes in the sky? How about a window that actually tilts you out over the Windy City’s streets? [More]