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Daredevil Nik Wallenda Walks Tightrope 50 Stories Above Ground Between Chicago Skyscrapers

Downtown, Chicago, IL (60654)

On November 2, 2014, Nik Wallenda accomplished another great feat; he walked on a tightrope 600 feet above ground between two Chicago skyscrapers. Thousands of Chicagoans watched as Wallenda walked on a thin cable from the Marina City Towers (588 feet) to Leo Burnett Building (671 feet) and then between the two Marina City Towers.

The event was broadcast live on the Discovery Channel to millions in 220 countries and watched by thousands in the streets of Chicago. Wallenda wore a bright red jacket and carried a long pole to keep his balance as he walked.

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Upon crossing the first rope from Marina City to Leo Burnett Building, Wallenda waved to the crowd and raised his arms victoriously.

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Wallenda broke two world records during this skyscraper walk in Chicago. First, his walk to the Leo Burnett Building was on an incline. Second, he walked blindfolded between the two Marina City Towers.

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The 35 year-old Wallenda is from a family of high wire walkers.

“I live by these three words: never give up,” said Wallenda in an interview about his high wire walking.

Chicagoans watch as Wallenda walked blindfolded between the Marina City Towers in downtown Chicago.

 

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As Chicagoans watched with bated breath, fellow onlookers were asked to keep silent as Wallenda walked skillfully on the tightrope.

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ABOUT NIK WALLENDA

On June 23, 2013, Wallenda completed a life-long dream becoming the first person to cross the Grand Canyon on a wire. He was also the first person to walk a wire directly over Niagara Falls on June 15, 2012.

Nik Wallenda is the seventh generation of Great Wallendas who trace their roots back to the Austro-Hungarian empire in 1780. For Nik, every walk is an expression of honor to his great grandfather, the legendary Karl Wallenda who brought the Wallendas to America for The Greatest Show on Earth.  His grandfather, Karl Wallenda, died in San Juan, Puerto Rico in March 1978, at age 73 during a high wire walk. On June 4, 2011, Nik Wallenda successfully completed the high wire walk in San Juan that his grandfather never completed — a 135-foot-long high-wire crossing between the two towers of the ten-story Condado Plaza Hotel.

For more information visit www.nikwallenda.com

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